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September 22, 2006

Updated Harvest Fest schedule of events

Posted by Gary Storck,
Friday, September 22, 2006

With just two weeks to go, here is an updated schedule of the weekend's events:

36th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival
October 7 & 8, 2006
Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday October 8
Gather at Library Mall at 2pm
Parade to Capitol at 3:00 pm
Rally and Concert at State St. steps featuring:music by Little Marsh Overflow and speakers including Ben Masel, The "Commando Squad" (Jacki Rickert, Jim Miller and Gary Storck), Dan Viets, Dan Goldman, J. T. Oschwald and more TBA

Saturday October 7
Library Mall from 12-6
Live Music from: Not On Mars, Yokanizu Project, Aniv de la Rev, Rearick & The ManSisters, MOTU and Cosmic Railroad Plus speakers, vendors, informational tables and displays and food carts.
Library Mall is at State and Lake Streets in downtown Madison adjacent to the UW-Madison Library and campus.

10 PM: FREE Harvest Fest Aftershow with Cosmic Railroad at Mr. Roberts Bar, 2116 Atwood Ave,Madison,WI 53704.

Friday October 6
Cardinal Bar 5-8pm
Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at the 4th annual IMMLY/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit.
$10 suggested donation includes food and blues/roots music by the Riddiough-Shanahan band..
Cardinal Bar 418 E Wilson St, in downtown Madison 53703.

More info: www.madisonnorml.org or http://www.myspace.com/madisonhempfest

Posted by Gary at 03:44 PM | Comments (0)

Chicagoland's Beep: Madison's marijuana fest - a perfect trip with your buds

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, September 22, 2006

The Beep, a product of the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, published a great piece about Harvest Fest in their September 19 issue. You can read the article in full below, or on the Beep website click here.

Source: The Beep
Pubdate: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Website: http://www.beepcentral.com/
Contact:: beepmaster@beepcentral.com
Author: Rebecca Fyffe Contributing Writer


What will you be doing at 4:20 p.m. on the weekend of Oct. 7-8? For a fun time, head to Madison, Wis., for the 36th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.

The Harvest Festival has many offerings to inhale, including a party atmosphere for revelers who come just to have a good time and enjoy the free concerts. Other festival participants, who consider themselves more politically active, will enjoy lectures by pro-cannabis activists and political leaders who support drug policy reform.

Previous Harvest Fests have featured talks by candidates for sheriff, state representatives, scientists and medical pot users. This year's festival will feature speeches by activist Jim Miller, whose wife suffered a long battle with multiple sclerosis, author Gary Stork and Jacki Rickert, executive director of Is My Medicine Legal Yet?

Regardless of which aspect of the festival you find most potent, you'll have a good trip because at only two-and-a-half hours from Chicago, Madison's Harvest Fest is much more accessible than comparable pot-themed events held in Amsterdam and Canada's British Columbia province.

Since Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin, one of America's most progressive universities, it's a natural site to host this '60s flashback to a freer time where drugs and public assembly merged to shape the music, style and feel of America's most psychedelic decade.

Start your pot-themed weekend on Friday, Oct. 6, at Cardinal Bar, located at 418 E. Wilson St. The party - which is sponsored by Madison NORML (which stands for the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws) and Is My Medicine Legal Yet? - goes from 5 to 8 p.m. and features speakers and food for $10.

The main event is at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7. To get involved - or just hang out with some buds - head to the Library Mall by Madison's UW campus for more than six hours of live music with performances by Not On Mars, Yokanizu Project, Tony Castaneda's Latin Jazz, MOTO and Cosmic Railroad. Between acts, pro-cannabis speakers will take the stage to share their views on topics such as medical marijuana, decriminalization of marijuana and the war on drugs.

Like any good street fest, Harvest Fest features artisan booths selling all sorts of hemp-themed art, jewelry and products, while food tents abound to help tie-dye clad festival goers curb the munchies.

Mike Dostalek, 29, of Bensenville, says he plans to stock up on body lotions, lip balm and clothing made from hemp at the festival.

"I like the natural products for sale there," says Dostalek, who'll be attending the festival for the second time this year. "I love to wear hemp because in addition to looking and feeling great, it's great for the environment."

On Sunday, Oct. 8, return to the Library Mall where the final day of the fest gets rolling at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the festival's parade begins with a march to the Wisconsin State Capitol for a pro-cannabis activism rally and more live music, including a performance by Little Marsh Overflow.

On weekends, free street parking is available throughout town, and all of the festival events are within walking distance.

Keith Turausky, a 30-year-old writer and philosophy student from Prospect Heights, considers Madison's Harvest Fest important because it brings personal freedom issues to the forefront. "Pot smoking is such a victimless crime that it's crazy for our legal system to spend the millions of dollars that it spends to prosecute it," he says.

Troy Lamb and Julie Koehler, both of Chicago, have attended the festival for the past three years, and plan to make 2006 their fourth. "We try to fill a carload of people every year and make a party of it," says Koehler, 26. "This year we're caravanning with four cars and introducing a lot of new people."

Koehler says she plans to don green glitter, fairy wings and felt cutouts of pot leaves pinned over her green leotard for the two-day festival. Lamb, meanwhile, plans to wear a T-shirt he silk-screened to read, "Marijuana helped my uncle die with dignity."

Lamb, 28, says his uncle came to live with Lamb's family during the final months of his battle with cancer and used marijuana to stimulate his appetite, ease his pain and curb nausea. "Medical marijuana gave him the extra time and quality of life he needed to say goodbye to everyone and settle his affairs," he says.

"The festival's fun, but it's also important," Koehler says. "We come to celebrate, but also to show our support for medical pot."

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September 09, 2006

NORML: Wisconsin number 4 in 2005 ditchweed seizures

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, September 09, 2006

An analysis of DEA statistics by National NORML found that 98 percent of all domestically eradicated marijuana is feral hemp a.k.a. "ditchweed," and that Wisconsin ranked number 4 in ditchweed seizures in 2005.


Indiana (212,441,768 plants confiscated)
Missouri (4,529,695 plants confiscated)
Kansas (1,177,976 plants confiscated)
Wisconsin (272,650 plants confiscated)
Oklahoma (100,736 plants confiscated)


California (2,011,277 plants confiscated)
Kentucky (510,502 plants confiscated)
Tennessee (440,362 plants confiscated)
Hawaii (255,113 plants eradicated)
Washington (136,165 plants confiscated)

**DEA footnote: "May include 'tended' ditchweed."

Read the full article click here

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