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September 30, 2009

SAFER's Mason Tvert at MATC Truax Campus Thursday night

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In addition to speaking at other Harvest Fest events this weekend, SAFER's Mason Tvert will be discussing his new book at the Madison Area Technical College (MATC) Truax Campus this Thursday.


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Thursday October 1st 7pm- 8:30pm in room 142 C
Madison Area Technical College 3550 Anderson St, Madison, WI - (608) 246-6100

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September 17, 2009

The Mary & Gary and Friends show: Episode 6

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another Mary & Gary and Friends show. The JRMMA remains on the verge of being rolled out for cosponsors. Stay tuned for developments, and mostly, as Mary says, Call, call, call your legislators!

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September 12, 2009

Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act tee shirts are ready for Fighting Bob Fest!

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009

WI NORML/IMMLY will have a booth at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo today. Among the items available will be our new "Pass the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act" tee shirts. These beautiful shirts, 4 colors in front and 3 in back, bring back Jacki's original Rip Van Winkle, "Is My Medicine Legal YET?" design on the front and the purple Cheryl's heat" on the back. The heart design is also available as a lapel pin.

Join us at Fighting Bob Fest, or get them via the mail via our PayPal button. T-shirts are $20/$25 postage paid US only. Pins are $10/$12 postage included.



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September 11, 2009

The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, September 11, 2009

The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act is still not back from being drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau. What that means is that the exact details and language of the bill are not available yet. Once the draft is available, it will be available. Until then, all of us from the bill sponsor to the entire legislature to we the people just have to be patient.

The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

Per the office of chief bill sponsor Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act is still at the bill drafters. These delays are often inexplicable, and the bill is expected literally any day.

Our recent lobby visits to the Capitol have found growing interest in the bill from lawmakers and their offices. We will let people know as soon as the draft becomes publicly available.

In the meantime, please continue to call your state Assembly Rep and State Senator and to talk to friends, family, co-workers, health care professionals, anyone, and ask them to do the same.

It's time for Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin, but we all must become activists in our communities to make this a reality.

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

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September 09, 2009

The Mary & Gary and Friends show: Episode 5

Posted by Gaey Storck

Although Mary was not feeling well, our friends helped make the vaunted 09/09/09 a productive day. Hopefully, things will continue to progress so patients like Mary can truly live "Life with Dignity".

In the fifth episode of the "Mary & Gary and Friends Show", Gary Storck and Mary Powers offer their report on their most recent day of lobbying (Wed 09/09/09) at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Mary and Gary and friends 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). Learn how to help pass it by watching!

Episodes 1-4

Tags: Gary Storck, Mary Powers, Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, Medical Cannabis, Madison WI, WI State Capitol, Mary and Gary show, IMMLY, Wisconsin NORML, Madison NORML

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September 06, 2009

Santa Barbara Independent: David Bearman, M.D.: What This Country Needs Is a Marijuana Summit

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, September 6, 2009

Many may remember Dr. Bearman's visit to Madison in November 2007, with State Senate Health committee testimony, a book signing at Escape Coffee, and an address at the UW medical school that rose to the top of the video charts on the UW server click here.

Source: Santa Barbara Independent: click here
Saturday, September 5, 2009

What This Country Needs Is a Marijuana Summit

One Doctor's Answer to the Beer Summit

By David Bearman, M.D

When a white cop handcuffed a black professor outside his own home we had a beer summit in the name of better race relations. That summit addressed the number one social problem in this country since 1619 (the date the first African slaves were sold in the U.S.)

I'm calling for a marijuana summit. This summit will benefit the health of millions, while saving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

The federal government must concur with what we the people already know. In the Obama Transition Team's own on-line poll, respondents overwhelmingly selected legalizing marijuana as our country's number one priority. This May, even a Zogby poll commissioned by the conservative O'Leary Report, found 52 percent of American voters in favor and only 37 percent opposed to legalizing (and taxing) marijuana.

I call on Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to have a frank discussion with doctors and researchers on medical cannabis and the efficacy of various routes of administration. Sadly, Kerlikowske seems to be using the same illogic as his predecessors in the drug office. He recently cited a University of Washington treatment program as the information source for his position that cannabis is bad stuff. Why? Because people who had a choice between treatment and going to jail chose treatment. Duh. I am disappointed in Kerlikowske. I expect more from a former Seattle police chief and Obama appointee.

The chief administrative law judge of the Food and Drug Administration, in a 1988 decision, found that cannabis is one of the safest therapeutic agents known to man. The FDA in 2005 said that liquid marijuana (Sativex) is safe enough to test on humans, cancer patients in fact. The government needs to look at the types of cancers that cannabis has been shown to treat. Chief Kerlikowske has said he wants to hear from the doctors on this.

When he does he'll find that we have a national organization, the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, which will give him the real dope on the medical utility of cannabis. We can tell him of the benefits that our patients have received. I have incredible, compelling stories. There is the 85-year-old ex-Marine cancer survivor who was dying from starvation and used cannabis as an appetite stimulant and mood elevator. The 26-year-old. hemiplegic woman with intractable epilepsy that was well controlled by cannabis. The Vietnam vet who got surgery to remove shrapnel, due to intractable seizures, and as a result of the surgery got double vision and headaches. Cannabis allows him to productively participate in civic affairs. And the examples go on and on, including paraplegics with intractable pain, patients successfully treated for gastrophoresis , post-traumatic stress disorder, cyclic vomiting syndrome. I'll tell him about the productive lives of my patients. They include the principal of a high school, the mayor of a small city, a deputy sheriff, an assistant DA, a counselor at a drug treatment program, a very famous movie director, and lots of people with everyday jobs in construction, medicine, education-contractors, developers, doctors, nurses, professors.

Kerlikowske has tried to mitigate his earlier statements by saying he only meant smoked marijuana. He was recently quoted as saying that "the FDA has not determined that smoked marijuana has a value, and this is clearly a medical question that should be answered by the medical community." Speaking as the vice president of the AACM, let me assure the drug czar that cannabis is medicine whether smoked, vaporized, sprayed sublingually, dropped sublingually, drunk in beverages, made into tea, eaten, or used topically.

Kerlikowske is wise to say he will listen to the doctors. If he had a medical background I don't believe he would say it's okay to have intractable seizures, excruciating migraines, phantom limb pain, or to suffer with the symptoms of Crohn's Disease, or to die of malnutrition. Like thousands of American physicians, he would see the medical efficacy of cannabis. I have literally hundreds of patients with those conditions and a thousand more with chronic pain, cancer, and failed back syndrome who have benefited from the medicinal use of cannabis, smoked or otherwise.

The Drug Czar is on a listening tour. Let's give him an earful. It is not marijuana that is dangerous, but the laws which restrict research on it and make it difficult for people to use it therapeutically. That is real risky. We need to get the federal government out of the way, to honor the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution limiting the federal government's authority, and to affirm that the 1925 Linder decision-recognizing the right of states to regulate the practice of medicine-still means something. It is time for the drug czar to listen to America. It is time for the marijuana summit.

David Bearman, M.D., physician, founder of the Isla Vista Medical Clinic, former Goleta Water District boardmember, and current Goleta West Sanitary District boardmember.

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September 04, 2009

All 4 Episodes of the Mary & Gary Show

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, September 4, 2009

With the 4th episode of the Mary and Gary show now in the can, depicting lobbying on Tuesday Sept. 2, 2009 with our 9 person delegation, I thought it was a good idea to put them in one spot so folks can see how our efforts are building, and to let you know what you need to do to help.

The best ways to help are contacting your state Assembly Rep and State Senator, as well as having us personally deliver those letters for people in certain districts. Another way to help, especially for those outside Madison, is to join us at the Capitol and meet with your reps.

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

Episode Four:

Episode Three:

Episode Two:

Episode One:

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