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June 18, 2010

Madison NORML Examiner: Medical Marijuana Supporters at Leah Vukmir campaign event outnumber Vukmir fans

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, June 18, 2010

Here is my report on the protest at the Leah Vukmir fundraiser in downtown Madison Thursday, June 17, 2010. You can read original article with photos.

Medical Marijuana Supporters at Leah Vukmir campaign event outnumber Vukmir fans

June 18, 10:35 AM
Madison NORML Examiner
Gary Storck

MADISON: Medical marijuana advocates protesting an appearance by anti-medical cannabis zealot Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) at a downtown restaurant Thursday evening outnumbered her supporters . The event was a fundraiser at Madison’s restaurant in downtown Madison for Vukmir’s Senate campaign against Sen. Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa). Vukmir, who shocked attendees with a vitriolic attack on medical marijuana patients at a Dec. 15, 2009 public hearing on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, is giving up her Assembly seat in an attempt to move up to State Senate.

The medical marijuana activists who gathered at the corner of King St. and E. Wilson just a block from the State Capitol received continuous honks of support from passing motorists. Passersby of all ages were extremely supportive of medical marijuana, often stopping to chat or lend support. Several joined those protesting and held signs..

Even more amazing were a number of acknowledgements of support for medical cannabis from people attending the Vukmir event. Even Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) had nothing negative to say either about our presence or the issue of medical cannabis as he stopped to talk to advocates both before and after his short visit to the event.

Rep. Vukmir herself seemed unprepared that a downtown Madison fundraiser would attract so much attention from those who strongly disagree with her uncompassionate and brutal opposition to allowing state veterans, seniors, the sick, disabled, the dying to utilize this ancient remedy legally in the Badger State. Her and her party nearly collided with protesters as she rounded the corner of King St. to head in to the event.

Another sign of public support came after Vukmir and crew had departed as advocates were preparing to pack up, a pizza delivery guy showed up with two large pepperoni and cheese pizzas! Supporters happily devoured the impromptu dinner, which appeared to be a little more robust than what Vukmir supporters were paying as much as $1000 a head for.

Read original article with photos.

Posted by Gary at June 18, 2010 11:17 AM


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