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October 24, 2009

RIP Mary Powers, 1959-2009: A Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Hero

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, October 24, 2009

With her family notified, I can now report that my dear friend Mary Powers, a disabled US Army veteran, and medical cannabis patient/lobbyist extraordinaire, passed on peacefully at home last night. Mary was a true hero who tirelessly lobbied for medical cannabis for WI patients even as her cancer, AIDS and Hepatitis C progressed and ended her life. Mary knew the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act would not be passed in her lifetime, but heroically devoted the little time she had left to lobby week after week. Fortunately many of her exploits are memorialized in 7 episodes of the Mary and Gary Show and an episode of the Mary and Jacki Show. Watch all 8 below!

Mary at the Vigil at the Capitol on June 7, 2009.

Mary was also the Secretary of Madison NORML and a board member. Mary was known for attending every meeting, whether she had chemo or radiation that day or how bad she felt. Mary's mission. Her humor and compassion made her a beloved friend of many, and all who met her were touched by her spirit. She was also the founder, executive director and legislative director of the Wisconsin chapter of Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access (VMMA). Unfortunately, she had only just started and had so far been unable to find other veterans to join her in building the group. We certainly hope some WI veterans will step forward to complete her mission, in light of the important aspects for vets in the JRMMA..

The Mary and Jacki Show. This was the last time Mary spoke, and her last Harvest Fest speech, from Sun. 10/04/09.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Posted by Gary at October 24, 2009 06:20 PM


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