February 14, 2008
16 years later, Bill Clinton finally gets asked, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?”
Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I was on the phone with Jacki right after it happened. Ben Masel and I had been standing across the street from the Stock Pavilion on the University of Wisconsin campus, waiting in the cold for the arrival of former president Bill Clinton. We were there today, holding signs that read, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?,” attempting to remind Mr. Clinton that as a candidate for president in 1992, he had met with Jacki Rickert at a campaign stop in Osseo, WI, and promised her he would make right the bureaucratic nightmare that had been holding up the delivery of the federal medical marijuana supplies that her doctor had gained approval for her to use.
Ben with sign at the event. We sent the printer the correct spelling, but an "i" got lost somewhere.
Finally, there was a burst of activity as numerous cars pulled up. Ben noticed Bill Clinton exiting from a vehicle just inside a garage door across the street from our position. We waved our signs and shouted, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?” He was across the street maybe 40 yards tops and as Ben noted, “made eye contact.” He could then be seen talking to state Democratic Party chair Joe Wineke, who Ben had explained the Jacki Rickert story to when we came across him on Sept. 18, 2007, as the “Quest for Justice” last mile wheelchair march up State St. reached the Capitol for a press conference announcing the introduction of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (AB 550).
So, 16 years later, finally Bill Clinton has been personally reminded how he told a very frail sick woman that he would get her medicine to her and then never had the courage to either actually “make it right” as promised or apologize for breaking that promise made in Osseo 16 years ago.
Definitely worth getting a little cold to stick up for Jacki Rickert and make a Valentine’s Day statement for medical cannabis patients waiting for their medicine.
READ Ben Masel's Docudharma Blog Post about the encounter
Posted by Gary at February 14, 2008 04:46 PM
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