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August 30, 2009

Baraboo News Republic: Sauk County Board makes pot fine, not a crime

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunfay, August 30, 2009

We just became aware of this little noted move by the Sauk County Board on Aug. 18.

Sauk County Board makes pot fine, not a crime

By Tim Damos / News Republic click here

The Sauk County Board voted 28-1 Tuesday night to make possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia a fine, not a crime.

The amendment to the county’s Public Peace and Order ordinance will allow prosecutors to issue a $100 forfeiture to anyone caught with pot related items in Sauk County, rather than charge them with felony or misdemeanor crimes.

The county’s ordinance already includes language from state statutes regarding the possession of the drug, making it a violation of county codes. But until now, the ordinance did not deal specifically with the equipment related to using marijuana.

Possession of pot and pot paraphernalia is a criminal offense under state law. But prosecutors in counties that have adopted those laws into their own codes have the option of charging the offense as a simple ordinance violation, which is less serious.

"What this does is it gives the (District Attorney) another prosecuting option and I think it’s a good idea to provide her with that option," said supervisor Bill Wenzel of Prairie du Sac.

A fiscal note attached to the amendment voted on Tuesday night says the change will save county money, because people accused of ordinance violations are not entitled to have an attorney appointed at the cost of the county. Also, the revenue from any forfeitures goes to the county, whereas criminal fines go to the state’s coffers.

The amendment didn’t pass without criticism, however.

"A $100 fine is so minimal," said supervisor Lowell Haugen, the only board member who voted against the ordinance change. Board members Marcy Huffaker and Bob Cassity were excused from the meeting.

Haugen said there should be some provision in the law that allows the county to deport violators of the ordinance.

Supervisor Don Stevens of Loganville sits on the two committees that gave nods of approval to the new paraphernalia rule, sending it to the full board Tuesday night. He voted against amending the ordinance once, then for it in a different committee.

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Stevens explained that he does not like a section of the county’s Public Peace and Order ordinance that sets curfew hours for minors.

He voted against amending the ordinance during an executive and legislative committee meeting because of those rules. When the pot paraphernalia amendment was being discussed in a later meeting of the board’s law enforcement committee, which Stevens chairs, he was informed that officers do not use the curfew rules as a primary reason for pulling someone over, he said. That’s why he said he decided to vote in favor of adding the pot paraphernalia rules to the ordinance in the second meeting.

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August 26, 2009

The MARY and GARY Show Episode Three!

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here is the latest MARY and GARY show, a report on today's weekly lobby visit to the Wisconsin State Capitol to lobby for the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

Public support will make or break the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act. Please contact your reps regularly until this is state law. Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 800-362-9472 (M-F 8a-4:30p - Who Are My Legislators? http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx Please take action today!


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August 25, 2009

Latest updated schedule: 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Here is the most recent updates for Harvest Fest weekend!

October 1-4, 2009 - Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Madison NORML presents
39th Annual Great Midwest
Marijuana Harvest Festival:

North Coast, Underwater Productions, & Madison Norml presents:

The 39th Annual Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Thursday 10/1

The Alchemy
1980 Atwood Av
608.204.7644
http://www.alchemycafe.net/

Featuring music by:
Insomniac Gypsy (bluegrass from the Fox Valley)
http://www.insomniacgypsy.com/

event starts at 9:30p
Free Admisssion / no cover charge

Friday 10/2

The Frequency
121 W. Main St.
608.819.8777
http://madisonfrequency.com/

7th Annual IMMLY benefit show
Featuring music by:
Brok’n Arrow (jam rock, experimental from the Fox Valley, WI)
http://www.myspace.com/broknarrow

Mark Shanahan’s Kirby Molar All Stars (blues folk rock Americana from Madison)

Food from Glass Nickel Pizza
Event time: 5:00 – 8:00p
Admission: suggested donation of $10
http://www.immly.org/

Saturday 10/3

Library Mall
11:30 – 12:15a Kronic Jones (reggae, roots rock from Madison/surrounding area) http://www.myspace.com/kronicjonesband
12:45 - 1:45p Adam Isaac & The People (funk, rock, soul from Madison, WI) http://www.myspace.com/adamisaacandthepeoplemusic
2:15 - 3: 15p Bill and Dan’s Excellent Adventure (rock ‘n roll from Eau Claire, WI)
3:45 - 4:45p Nama Rupa (reggae, dub from Madison, WI) http://www.myspace.com/namarupaband
5:15 - 6: 15p – Elf Lettuce (psychedelic jam rock from Madison, WI) http://www.elflettuce.com/

Also featuring speakers including NORML Daily Stash's Russ Belville, CMMNJ's Jim Miller, Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Mary Powers and more, vendors, food, admission FREE all ages.

High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Av
608.268.1122
http://high-noon.com/

Featuring Music by:
Natty Nation
http://www.nattynation.com/
Blue Island Tribe
Tropical Riddims Sound System

Event time: 9:30p
Admission: $10 cover, $8 in Advance
Ages: 18+

Sunday 10/4

Library Mall
1:15 - 2:15p The Dave Band (rock ‘n roll from Gays Mills, WI) http://www.thedaveband.com/
2:30 – 3:30p – Moon Boot Posse (rock, reggae, jam from LaCrosse, WI) http://www.myspace.com/moonbootposse

Parade: Library Mall to State Capitol
3:40p

State Capitol Steps
4:20 – 6p

Featuring Music by:
Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive jam rock from Madison, WI) http://www.baghdadscubareview.com/

Speakers:

http://www.immly.org
Jacki Rickert
http://www.myspace.com/ben_masel
Ben Masel
http://madisonnorml.org/blog/index.php
Gary Storck
http://cmmnj.org/
Jim Miller
http://stash.norml.org
Russ Bellville
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E83cNAYJ1ME
Mary Powers

more coming...

Posted by Gary at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

August 20, 2009

Updated schedule: 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here is our latest updated schedule for hf39!

October 1-4, 2009 - Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Madison NORML presents
39th Annual Great Midwest
Marijuana Harvest Festival:

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009: Bluegrass pre-show. Location TBA

Friday October 2, 2009, 5-8 pm, 7th Annual IMMLY/WI NORML medical cannabis benefit at the Frequency in downtown Madison

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, 12-6 pm, Library Mall,

11:30 - 12:15a Kronic Jones (reggae, roots rock)
12:45 - 1:45p Adam Isaac & The People (funk, rock, soul)
2:15 - 3: 15p Elf Lettuce (psychedelic jam rock)
3:45 - 4:45p Nama Rupa (reggae, dub)
5:15 - 6: 30p - TBA
Also featuring speakers including NORML Daily Stash's Russ Belville, CMMNJ's Jim Miller, Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Mary Powers and more, vendors, food, admission FREE all ages.

9pm - High Noon Saloon
Natty Nation w/ Blue Island Tribe
Special event evening club show, $10 adv, $12 door, 18+

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009: Harvest Fest Parade: Gather at Library Mall for live music and speakers,
1:15 - 2:15p The Dave Band (cookie rock)
2:30 - 3:30p - Ifdakar (jam rock)
3:40 pm.- Parade to State Capitol for rally and concert Featuring Speakers including NORML Daily Stash's Russ Belville, CMMNJ's Jim Miller, Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Mary Powers and more and music by Baghdad Scuba Review

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August 18, 2009

The Mary and Gary Show: Episode 2

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Here is the second episode of the Gary and Mary Show. The film date was today, August 18, 2009.

In this second episode of the "Mary and Gary Show", Gary Storck and Mary Powers report on their most recent day of lobbying (Tues 08/18/09) at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Mary and Gary and guests have been visiting state lawmakers to let them know the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act will be introduced soon in the WI legislature by State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison). Find out how to help pass it by watching the ending credits!

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August 11, 2009

Episode One: The Mary & Gary Show!

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

While it may be Episode One of the "Mary & Gary Show", it is actually our first post-lobbying video report. As far as actual wheelchair tires and shoes hitting the corridors of the Capitol, Mary and I have both put in some serious time for awhile now. As the rollout date for the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act approaches, we are trying to get to as many offices as possible to let lawmakers know a comprehensive bill is coming.

Today we had some help from friends from Sauk County who had never lobbied or been to Capitol before, and they did great and came away impressed with how easy it is. We had face to face meetings with both their Assembly rep and State Senator. Between the four of us, we were able to relate many benefits of cannabis in treating debilitaing conditions.

Here is our first effort!

We'll be back next week with episode Two!

Posted by Gary at 07:17 PM | Comments (0)

August 10, 2009

Winning Harvest Fest logo contest entry!

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, August 10, 2009

Here is the winning entry!

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Posted by Gary at 09:46 PM | Comments (0)

August 05, 2009

Video: Wisconsin Cannabis talk from April 2009 WI Libertarian convention

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When I spoke at the Wisconsin State Libertarian Convention on April 18, 2009 up in WI Dells, my friend Tim Krenz was on hand videotaping the event.

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Snapshot from video

Here is his description of the video of my talk, and below it the video itself:

"Gary Storck, a leading Wisconsin medical marijuana advocate, is featured in the latest installment of cepiaClub.com's "St. Croix Valley Liberty Beacons" video log. Storck, who was recorded by cepiaclub.com for "Liberty Beacons" at the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin convention in April, is a Madison chapter organizer of NORML.org, a marijuana normalization group. Medical marijuana efforts seek in part to make marijuana available as a regulated pain-management substitue for chemical-pharmecuticals for patients suffering life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Watch Gary Storck's update on the past and present status of medical marijuana advocacy, and its potential future for legalization at www.cepiaclub.com."

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August 03, 2009

Recap: Madison NORML 5th Birthday Party at Escape!

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, August 3, 2009

Despite a few technical issues and Chalice in the Palace not showing up, Madison NORML's 5th birthday was a great night for those who attended. With music delayed we went to speakers first, hearing from Ben Masel, Mary Powers, Peter Steinberg, myself and Linda, who recently attended Oakstersdam U in Michigan and gave a report. Videos of most of the speeches are below.

Many thanks to Escape Coffee, Nama Rupa, and our volunteers who helped make this event so special!

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The excellent birthday cake! Thanks Julie!

Ben Masel kicks off the festivities!

Mary Powers: "I will not stop!"

Gary Storck exhorts attendees to get on the train to legal medical cannabis in WI!

Peter Steinberg says a few words:

Mary Powers' speech from a different angle.

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