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July 14, 2005

Milwaukee's Shepherd Express cover story on medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, July 14, 2005

On July 13, the latest edition of the Milwaukee weekly Shepherd Express featured a cover story about medical cannabis, "The Politics of Pot Medical Marijuana Activists Are Just Getting Started." The article, by Lisa Kaiser, is full of common sense questions on why it isn't legal yet, noting things like its strong popular support. It includes interviews with myself, State Rep. Gregg Underheim (R-Oshkosh), sponsor of mmj legislation, State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), a cosponsor, and the Marijuana Policy Project's Bruce Mirken. In the paper edition, the article covers three full pages. Since coverage of medical cannabis in Milwaukee's daily Journal-Sentinel is at best minimal, this article goes a long way in raising awareness of this issue and the need for citizens to support it in the Milwaukee area. The 2003 weekly circulation of the Shep-Ex is listed at over 71, 000, and it is distributed over 7 counties. As a weekly, it gets read, often by several people. Read it click here on the Shepherd website.

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July 05, 2005

35th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival in Madison, Saturday & Sunday October 1-2!

Posted by Gary Storck
July 5, 2005
UPDATED September 6, 2005

"right-click" here to download Harvest Fest and save flier in PDF.

Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at Is My Medicine Legal YET? & Madison NORML's 3rd Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Friday, September 30, 2005 5-8 PM at the Cardinal Bar 418 E. Wilson St. Madison. $10 donation Includes food. Read more click here

For further information call 608.241.8922 or visit www.immly.org or www.madisonnorml.org.

35th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Saturday & Sunday October 1-2,
Library Mall, Madison WI

12-6 Saturday
2-6 Sunday

Guests to include:

Keith Stroup, Founder and former Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), http://www.norml.org

Jim Miller
New Jersey medical cannabis activist
surviving spouse of Cheryl Miller
Cherylheart Project

Dr. Tod Mikuriya
"one of the world's foremost authorities on the uses of medical cannabis"

Jacki Rickert
Wisconsin patient-activist
Founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET?

Ben Masel
wearer of many hats

Gary Storck
writer, medical cannabis patient-activist
Is My Medicine Legal YET?

Chris Conrad
"A quick-witted, internationally known expert on the history, medical, social, economic and ecological aspects of Cannabis hemp, Chris Conrad is author of four groundbreaking books. He advocates full restoration of industrial hemp, medical marijuana with a doctor's supervision, and setting a legal age of consent for marijuana use by responsible adults in a regulated market."

Mikki Norris
A longtime activist, Mikki helped create the very moving Human Rights and the Drug War exhibit with her husband Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner in 1995. The exhibit has been on display at past Harvest Fests. Mikki also worked on Prop 215 campasign in 1996, and was a major force in the passage of Measure Z in Oakland CA in 2005. Mikki is currently working on advancing the equal rights / "Pot Pride"/ Cannabis Consumers Campaign concept, helping former drug war POW Will Foster with his "Adopt a Green Prisoner" project, and documenting patient harassment in California.

More speakers TBA.

Join us for live music, speakers, vendors both days and march to the Capitol Sunday Oct. 2!

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Study: Smoking Marijuana Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

Posted by Gary Storck
July 5, 2005

Fred Gardner, click here in an article recently published online in Counterpunch, click here wrires, "Marijuana smoking -"even heavy longterm use"- does not cause cancer of the lung, upper airwaves, or esophagus, Donald Tashkin reported at this year's meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. Coming from Tashkin, this conclusion had extra significance for the assembled drug-company and university-based scientists (most of whom get funding from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse)."

The article goes on to describe the study and results and notes that cannabis seems to exhibit a protective effect when used by tobacco smokers.

The study seems to confirm anecdotal observations of my own. And it's a shout out to those in Congress who said cannabis was carcinogenic in the Hinchey debate. Why not study vaporization and other ways of reducing the harm?click here If the technology were not stifled by prohibition, there could be inexpensive vaporizers so more people could use them. Prohibition prohibits common sense.

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July 01, 2005

Sent Letter: David Obey's courage lacking on medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
July 1, 2005

I was reading the Capital Times the other day and came across an OPED by columnist E.J. Dionne about Congressman David Obey (D-WI-7) that originally appeared in the Wasghington Post. The OPED, "Courage Of Dave Obey Is An Example To All Of Us" can be read here: click here

I sent this letter in response, although, with all due respect, I do not expect the Cap Times to publish anything so unfavorable about a "progressive" like Mr. Obey, exemplified by a column today by editor Dave Zweifel, referring to the Dionne piece and lavishing more praise on Obey. In an earlier letter, published after the Supreme Court ruling, I did manage to again raise the point that Obey was in office when Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, and likely voted for it, creating this problem in the first place, by voting that marijuana has no medical use. You can read that letter, "Ask Congress To Push For States' Rights On Laws" click here

Dear Editor,

I found E.J. Dionne's recent love song to Congressman David Obey quite ironic, "Courage Of Dave Obey Is An Example To All Of Us" (June 27).

Dionne quotes Obey as saying, "You can't win fights unless you wage them," and comments, "maybe when he leaves Congress, no time soon, I hope, Obey can run seminars on courage - and faithfulness.

In September 2003, I was in the Rayburn building in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. lobbying Congress with other medical marijuana patients. click here We came across Rep. Obey in a hallway and thanked him for his vote on a budget amendment that would have prohibited the use of federal funds to go after medical marijuana patients in states where it is legal. We then asked him to cosponsor bipartisan legislation that would reschedule marijuana so doctors can prescribe it and allow states to set their own policies.

Obey's response was an angry, "If there is one thing I've learned in my 34 years in Congress, it's not to cosponsor bills that don't have a chance, because it makes me look like a fool to my colleagues".

I doubt the sponsors of the bill, people like Reps. Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Gerry Nadler, Henry Waxman, Dana Rohrabacher, Ron Paul, Pete Stark, Dennis Kucinich or any of the other 44 cosponsors of HR 2233 click here that session or the 36 cosponsor of HR 2087 this session including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi click here would appreciate being characterized as fools by Congressman Obey.

The reason the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act died in committee every time it was introduced is because representatives like Obey lack courage. If he won't wage the fight, how does he expect to win? Obey's obstinacy on this issue points up the need for term limits at both the federal and state level. A lot more would be accomplished if representatives served only a few terms and returned to private life rather than selling out their principles so they can remain in office for decades.

Gary Storck
(contact info)

To his credit, Obey has voted for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Hinchey amendments. But if he wants to be known as a fighter, why won't he stick up for patients by cosponsoring the States Rights Act (HR 2087 this session)? If he is a leader, he should lead by example and become a cosponsor. That alone will bring more cosponsors to the bill. And then maybe some day it will actually get a hearing and the up or down vote the people who need this medicine are looking for.

Here are links to some letters to the editor regarding Obey's refusal to cosponsor I have had published over the last few years:

Sat, 11 Aug 2001: Capital Times: Obey Should Discuss Medicinal Marijuana
click here

Thu, 12 Jun 2003: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune: Obey Fails To Support Pot Bill
click here

Sat, 19 Jul 2003: Wausau Daily Herald: Support Medical Marijuana Bill click here

Sat, 01 Nov 2003: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: Obey Can Help Right A Wrong
click here

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