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March 26, 2010

Lawmaker letter to constituent shows how Medical Society used as shield to oppose MMJ

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, March 26, 2010

Despite an 8 hour plus hearing as well as reams of studies emailed and delivered to her door, patient and advocate calls, letters, emails and office visits, State Sen. Mary Lazich is still spouting reefer madness hysteria as well as using the State Medical Society (SMS) as a shield to justify her opposition to something supported by 80% of Wisconsinites.

From: Sen.Lazich
Subject: Jackie Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

Dear X,

Thank you for your email about legalizing marijuana. I am so very sorry to about your back pain.

In an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a spokesman for the State Medical Society, Michael H. Miller, said, "marijuana is not a benign drug. Addiction to marijuana can and does occur." Miller, himself, recommended to the legislature, "wait until the science catches up" before changing any laws on marijuana.

The State Medical Society (SMS) of Wisconsin recommends that adequate and well-controlled studies of smoked marijuana be conducted in patients who have serious conditions, such as AIDS wasting syndrome, emesis induced by chemotherapy, and multiple sclerosis. The SMS contends that smoked marijuana should not be used for therapeutic reasons without scientific data regarding its safety and efficacy for specific indications.

Studies have found that marijuana contains toxins and carcinogens, cancer causing chemicals that stay in the body for several months after usage. Studies have also found that marijuana use contributes to bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, and has a profound impact on the lungs, heart rate, blood pressure, and brain activity. The studies have also found that brain function impairment, including loss of memory and deteriorated learning skills, is greater for those who are heavier and/or long-term marijuana users. Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer and deaths in the United States. At a time that health care costs and lung cancer are skyrocketing, experts believe we should not loosen the laws on marijuana until the scientific evidence of marijuana’s potential risks and benefits are evaluated.

Marijuana and medical marijuana merits additional research and attention. Experts believe the issue needs to be explored on the social level, as well as the clinical level, and collaboration between the state and federal government is necessary for any legitimate policy decisions.

Again, thank you for your e-mail. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or advice for me, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Mary Lazich
Wisconsin State Senator
Wisconsin State Capitol
Room 109 South
Post Office Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53702
Phone: (608)266-5400
Toll Free: (800)334-1442
Fax: (608)267-6790
Email: Sen.lazich@legis.wisconsin.gov
On the internet: www.SenatorLazich.com
Blog: http://www.newberlinnow.com/blogs/communityblogs/conserv_speaking.html


Tags: Gary Storck - Sen. Mary Lazich - Dr. Michael Miller - Wisconsin Medical Society - AB 554 - State Medical Society

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March 25, 2010

Contact WI Medical Society to protest patient harassment by SMS

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, March 25, 2010

For many years, the State Medical Society has been opposing medical cannabis legislation in Wisconsin. On Tuesday March 23, at an informational picket staged by IMMLY, Madison NORML and WI NORML at the SMS offices downtown, we were confronted, provoked and harassed upon arrival by SMS employees behaving like thugs. We were photographed, threatened, and had our personal spaces violated. This is how the SMS responds to seniors, veterans, sick, disabled and dying patients who take issue with their misguided and harmful position on medical cannabis. Please read the post below and contact the SMS to protest their position and mistreatment of patients peacefully picketing their office.

Contact WI Medical Society to protest patient harassment by SMS

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Man in red shirt is one of 2 SMS emplyees who harassed us.

Our March 23 informational picket of the Wisconsin State Medical Society was intended to be a way to educate SMS board members attending a meeting. Our small group of medical marijuana patients and supporters went to the SMS as injured parties to protest the opposition of the SMS to AB554/SB368, WI medical cannabis legislation. Patients, including 2 in wheelchairs, suffering from PTSD, fibromyalgia, AIDS, heart disease, glaucoma and other debilitating conditions do not go looking for confrontations.

But it was a confrontation waiting for us. Two low level SMS employees immediately tried to intimidate us, crossing into public space and getting in the faces of a vet with severe PTSD and others. He was rude, arrogant, and was clearly trying to provoke us. His sidekick went to far as to photograph and film us as well as the license plates of vehicles legally parked on public streets.

The public face of the SMS to those who come to air real grievances is threatening goons! An organization that cared if there were a dialogue could have instead sent a non threatening employee to initiate one. Clearly, the SMS is an organization used to getting its way in spite of what the public believes, and as they have successfully fended off medical marijuana with the help of Capitol political allies for decades now, clearly they feel threatened even by patients in wheelchairs who disagree with them.

The Dec. 15 public hearing revealed the vast downside of the legal prescription drugs that built the SMS HQ on the lake. The SMS must feel very threatened by the competition cannabis offers to their toxic drugs. So, they lobby to keep having patients who dare to try cannabis as an alternative being fair game for targeting by law enforcement and arrest and jail. Clearly, the SMS feels jail is a safer alternative than the cannabis plant. And, their “welcome” of Tuesday’s informational picket shows they would rather provoke a fight than discuss what their position means to Wisconsin seniors, vets, sick, disabled and dying.

Call The State Medical society and let them know what you think of their threatening and harassing of peaceful protesters on Tuesday March 23!

Please contact the Wisconsin State Medical Society

Susan L. Turney, MD, CEO/EVP
Wisconsin Medical Society
330 E. Lakeside Street
PO Box 1109
Madison, WI 53701-1109
Main Phone: 866.442.3800 (toll-free)
Main Fax: 608.442.3802
http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/
Email: communications@wismed.org


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March 24, 2010

RELEASE: Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554: Statewide Demonstrations For Support Of The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act And Against Mi Wal-Mart Medical Marijuana Firing

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Coming off a successful Statewide Day of Prayer and Protest at the State Medical Society, Wisconsin medical cannabis advocates turn their attention to this Saturday's Statewide Day of support for the JRMMA and WalMart protests. Below is a release from Jay Selthofner regarding Saturday.

STATEWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS FOR SUPPORT OF THE JACKI RICKERT MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT AND AGAINST MI WAL-MART MEDICAL MARIJUANA FIRING

Contact: Jay Selthofner
Phone: 920/410-2920
Email: immlyinthefield@yahoo.com

In a show of solidarity with medical marijuana patients across the midwest and to continue raising awareness of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in Wisconsin, members of the Facebook group Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554 and medical marijuana supporters will be conducting peaceful demonstrations across the state in unison this Saturday the 27th of March.

Confirmed cities included (as of this release) - Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Appleton, Wisconsin Rapids, Platteville, Berlin, Dodgeville, La Crosse, Fond du Lac (Johnson St. @ Forest Mall), Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Madison/West Towne.

Other cities in planning stages and probably participating (as of this release) - Muskego, Waterton, Jefferson, Burlington, Racine, Fox Valley and Wisconsin Dells.

Events will start at 12 noon Saturday March, 27th at the local Wal-Mart stores and each city is reportedly developing a strategy that best fits their individual locations. Early reports have shown supporters with this dual message already at local area Walmarts.

As the floodgates continue to open more and more activists are joining the operation. To add more excitement a best picture contest for the "Best Medical Marijuana Support Sign" is underway through April 1st. To enter the contest, simply email your picture to smokegreenbuds@gmail.com, be sure to include your name, date of birth and contact information.

A Wal-Mart employee injured on the job was fired after testing positive for marijuana use, even though he was legally allowed to use the drug medically in Michigan. MSNBC reported March 17 that Joseph Casais, 29, used marijuana to ease the pain caused by sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor. The drug was prescribed by his doctor.

A former Wal-Mart Associate of the Year, Casais was fired after injuring his knee at work and a post-accident drug test revealed marijuana use. Casais said he never used the drug at work or came to work medicated.

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For updated information go to - Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554 Facebook page - http://bit.ly/b5MMbe, www.winorml.org or www.immly.org

If you would like to schedule an interview with Jay Selthofner, please call Eric Grimes at 608-554-2231 or email at ericrgrimes@gmail.com

Posted by Gary at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2010

An open letter to the Wisconsin State Medical Society

Posted by Gary Storck
March 23, 2010

This is written in conjunction with a planned informational picket of the State Medical Society at 330 East Lakeside St. in Madison, just a mile and six tenths from the Capitol..

An Open Letter to the State Medical Society of Wisconsin Board from Gary Storck of Is My Medicine Legal YET? and Wisconsin NORML

Tuesday March 23, 2010, the Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion for passage of medical cannabis legislation, is also the date of a meeting of the board of directors of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (SMS).

The SMS, represented by Dr. Michael Miller, took an official position against AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, at a combined Senate/Assembly Health Committee Hearing on Dec. 15, 2009.

This position has been cited by some legislators as a reason to oppose the JRMMA. During testimony, Dr. Miller acknowledged the Society did not poll members before delivering an official position in opposition.

Meanwhile, at clinics around Wisconsin, doctors and other health care professionals are talking about medical cannabis with patients every day. Many concur that patients reporting medical use are benefiting and say they would be willing to fill out the paperwork to enroll their patients in a state medical cannabis program if they had that option, just like doctors in 14 other US states with 28% of US population. The AMA and the American College of Physicians have updated their positions to acknowledge that cannabis is medicine.
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Dr. Miller’s obsession with the downside of smoking cannabis is only equaled by his willful ignorance of smoke-free vaporization. During the hearing, Dr. Miller even compared smoking cannabis to smoking crack cocaine! Yet he feigned unfamiliarity with vaporization while focusing on a pharmaceutical version of whole cannabis not yet approved for US use. Meanwhile, vaporization is the smoke-free delivery system patients in Wisconsin are already using today.

And while Dr. Miller focuses on the downside of smoking cannabis, Phase 2 clinical trials of “smoked marijuana” to treat neuropathic pain conducted by the University of California found “smoked marijuana” was significantly more effective than placebo. UC has also conducted other phase 2 trials of both smoked marijuana and vaporization. This is just one facet of research Dr. Miller says does not exist.

AB554/SB368, The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act is something that Wisconsin veterans, seniors, sick, disabled and dying have been waiting for far too long.

The SMS board needs to pray on this thought: does Dr. Miller represent you? Is his flawed, misleading testimony something you want your name associated with? Is withholding medicine from Wisconsinites an honorable position for a medical society to take? Please stand with those in need by supporting AB554/SB368, The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act instead.

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March 22, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: Is My Medicine Legal YET?: Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, March 22, 2010

Big week ahead! Madison NORML meeting Monday. Tuesday, Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, even more throughout the week, and JRMMA rallies at Wal-Marts across the state Saturday!

For immediate Release: Monday, March 22, 2010

Media Advisory
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Wisconsin NORML

Contact: Gary Storck (608) 301-5665

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion
12pm-1pm: Prayer for Compassion Ceremony
Wisconsin State Capitol
State St. Steps landing outside Capitol
Informational tabling, first floor rotunda, 1-3pm

Madison: When a friend or loved one is fighting illness, we pray for them. The collective consciousness of prayer can be a unifying and healing force for those struggling with a medical condition and the people who care about them.

Just as prayer can be a therapy in healing and dealing with chronic illness, so can medical cannabis. At the 8 hours plus Dec. 15 combined Health Committee Hearings at the Capitol for AN445/SB368 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, many patients testified how both cannabis and their faith got them through their personal ordeals.

With the JRMMA now needing the support of a majority of state legislators to become reality, it seems appropriate to call a Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion and ask state residents, who are far ahead of their elected representatives in supporting the JRMMA, to pray for passage of this bill.

This day is for whatever way you pray, meditate, seek guidance whatever. It is non denominational and interdenominational. You just need to focus your thoughts on compassion and the legislature listening to people's need for medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis is not a new idea in Wisconsin. It has been languishing the legislature for decades. The sick and dying, seniors, disabled and now veterans in shocking numbers, need this medicine. No medical marijuana bill has progressed as far as the JRMMA, and we cannot let this historic moment to pass without passing it and protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Please join us in for the Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 and at the Capitol from 12-1pm for the ceremony and 1-3pm for our tables and exhibits. The Prayer for Compassion Ceremony from 12-1 will include speakers including state and local clergy, medical cannabis patient/advocates and others.

More information: Is My Medicine Legal YET? IMMLY.org & JRMMA.org, Wisconsin NORML WINORML.org, MadisonNORML.org.

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March 17, 2010

Guest Column: Erin Silbaugh: Jacki Rickert MMJ Act gives vets with service-related PTSD hope for normal lives

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Today's blog is a Guest OPED. The writer is Erin Silbaugh, a 26 year old ex-Marine who served 3 tours in Iraq. His service to our country left him with severe PTSD. Cannabis is a well-known treatment for PTSD that is both safe and effective. The JRMMA includes PTSD as a qualifying condition. Passing the JRMMA would help thousands and thousands of state vets forced to choose between toxic meds that harm the body or breaking the law to use what really works. How we can we tell those who served in war that their medicine is not legal yet or anytime soon?

Guest Column: Jacki Rickert MMJ Act gives vets with service-related PTSD hope for normal lives

By Erin Silbaugh-Sgt United States Marine Corps and OIF Veteran.

I recently got out of the Marine Corps, and was quickly diagnosed with “PTSD” from deployments in Iraq. I am under a program that is called individual unemployability, meaning it is nearly impossible for me to leave my house with out having extreme anxiety problems, a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Feeling hyper vigilant like I am about to get in a fight for my life, the adrenaline and the feeling you get when something really bad is going to happen, because you know it could. This affects my every day life.

I did 6 successful years in the Marines. I was discharged honorable as a Sergeant "E-5". I have had a long difficult road in my readjusting back into the place that I came from and went many miles to defend. I have tried many medicines, prescribed by the Veterans Affairs. All of which make me fall into a deep sleep. "it's the same medicine they prescribe me to sleep." I do not want to feel that way. I am currently taking a several medications from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Madison, WI. Seroquel, Clonazepam and Citalopram. These help my symptoms and control my thoughts, but there is a safer more efficient way to relieve symptoms along side my current medications to treat PTSD.

My conclusion in researching “PTSD” is that the stress, anxiety, outbursts of anger, sleep problems are relieved by many of us who suffer from this debilitating disorder by the use of Marijuana. I want to feel normal again.

I am a man that believes in his faith. And I don't want to be viewed as a criminal for using marijuana. I have been declared 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs and Social Security. I have had several emergency room visits in Madison at the VA hospital.

I have always given my everything in doing the best job for my country, while serving in the Marines. I served 18+ months total in Iraq from Feb 2004-Apr 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of Operation Phantom Fury, Fallujah Iraq. During which we received daily mortar and Rocket Attacks. All hours of the day “i.e.” any time people gather to eat and just about every other time in between. I remember running for cover after a rocket exploded just ahead of where my platoon was walking. It killed 1 Marine and injured 2 others.

Another deployment was from Aug 2006-Mar 2007. This deployment I was medivac'd by helicopter from Camp Fallujah Iraq, 50 miles west of Baghdad to Ballad Iraq, 50 miles north of Baghdad. There I was in the ICU for a back injury I had received. There I saw many bad things, a bullet hole in the guy’s chest in the bed across from me. He had tubes draining the fluids. Fully awake in recovery he laid there. The other tube was coming out of his back to do the same. The nurse came every hour and drained the liquid.

I have a difficult time each day dealing with many “normal” situations. I just would like some help like me who are suffering and protect them from criminal prosecution, for seeking a safe medication that works. Many of my friends that are Veterans report that marijuana has helped them with their PTSD symptoms. Please help Wisconsin Residents who need this and PASS The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, Assembly Bill 554.

Contact your state legislators by calling 1-800-362-9472 to get in touch to pass this bill. -NOW!

Erin Silbaugh-Sgt United States Marine Corps and OIF Veteran.

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March 14, 2010

“Just Do Something” Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Alert

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, March 14, 2010

As the days click down to the end of the 2009-2010 legislative session, only 38 remaining as of this writing, your help is very much needed to pass AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert, namesake of the JRMMA, is fond of saying, “Just Do Something” each and every day to help medical cannabis patients obtain their medicine legally.

Below is a list of actions you can do to help:

Print out flyers and support letters and hand out in your home town: http://www.madisonnorml.org/PYOcenter.html
Ask 5 friends to call their rep and senator: Call your Legislators: Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472
Get 5 friends to write their legislators: http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
Write a letter to the Editor,: http://www.mapinc.org/resource/how2lte.htm
Print some “Day of Prayer for Compassion” fliers and leave them at local churches or hand out after a service. Flier link: http://www.madisonnorml.org/PYOcenter.html, page link: http://www.immly.org/prayer2010.htm
If you receive new word that a legislator now says they will vote for the bill please let us know: immly@immly.org
Make a donation: PayPal link on IMMLY.org, JRMMA.org, WINORML.org, MadisonNORML.org.

Posted by Gary at 01:54 PM | Comments (0)

March 05, 2010

Tuesday March 23: Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, March 5, 2010

Here is the latest event to help pass the JRMMA. Please join us, wherever you may be all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 and pray for compassion and the passage of the JRMMA.

Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

When a friend or loved one is fighting illness, we pray for them. The collective consciousness of prayer can be a unifying and healing force for those struggling with a medical condition and the people who care about them.

Just as prayer can be a therapy in healing and dealing with chronic illness, so can medical cannabis. At the 8 hours plus Dec. 15 combined Health Committee Hearings at the Capitol for AN445/SB368 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, many patients testified how both cannabis and their faith got them through their personal ordeals.

With the JRMMA now needing the support of a majority of state legislators to become reality, it seems appropriate to call a Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion and ask state residents, who are far ahead of their elected representatives in supporting the JRMMA, to pray for passage of this bill.

Tuesday March 23 will be that day. We ask people of faith to go to their churches in advance and ask them to participate and announce this date to their members.

Medical cannabis is not a new idea in Wisconsin. It has been languishing the legislature for decades. The sick and dying, seniors, disabled and now veterans in shocking numbers, need this medicine. No medical marijuana bill has progressed as far as the JRMMA, and we cannot let this historic moment to pass without passing it and protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Please join us in for the Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.


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March 04, 2010

Too hot for Wisconsin's two largest newspapers: Medical marijuana really about personal freedom

Posted by Gary storck
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Some days it seems as if the entire establishment in Wisconsin has united to suppress AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. Little news about the bill has made state news outlets since the public hearing in December.

The following letter was submitted to both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal. Neither paper accepted it for publication.

Here is the letter TOO HOT for the state's two largest papers!

Medical marijuana really about personal freedom

At the December medical marijuana hearing, Dr. Michael Miller, on behalf of the State Medical Society, obsessed on the dangers of "smoked marijuana", even likening it to smoking crack cocaine, while conveniently claiming to know little about vaporization, a smoke free alternative.

A 24-page report issued last week to the California State Legislature by California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) discussed a series of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials assessing the efficacy of inhaled marijuana which consistently found that cannabis holds therapeutic value comparable to conventional medications.

Several studies found benefit for neuropathic pain from "smoked marijuana". One concluded that "a significantly greater proportion of patients who smoked cannabis (52%) had a greater than 30% reduction in pain intensity compared to only 24% in the placebo group". CMCR noted "the threshold of a 30% reduction in pain intensity is associated with meaningful improvement in quality of life in other research on pain outcomes".

Regarding non-smoked alternatives for administration, UCSF Dr. Donald Abrams' study, "Vaporization as a 'Smokeless' Cannabis Delivery System," found that vaporization was a safe and effective mode of delivery. Two CMCR clinical trials are now in progress utilizing vaporization.

In a nation that prides itself as a beacon of freedom and liberty as well as having the best healthcare, shouldn't patients and doctors have the freedom to utilize cannabis as they now have the freedom to utilize treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, electroshock, morphine, Demerol, oxycontin, neurontin, Paxil, Prozac, Viagra, Ambien, steroids, Haldol, etc.?

Politicians love to get all misty-eyed talking about freedom when the cameras start rolling, but when it's about the freedom of the patient and doctor to be able to have cannabis as an option, many begin foaming at the mouth and speaking in tongues.

Medical cannabis is health care. Wisconsin's legislature needs to pull together and pass the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act at this moment in history. Decades have passed while Wisconsin's sick, disabled, dying, seniors and vets twisted in the wind while the issue has been stonewalled, and the result is only more pain and suffering. Wisconsin will pass a medical marijuana bill someday. Legislators need to listen to the people they profess to represent and get it done now, rather than cause their constituents more pain.

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March 03, 2010

Five years of the Madison NORML Blog!

Posted by Gary Storck
March 3, 2010

When I first began publishing this blog in March 2005, on the fledgling Madison NORML website, the chapter itself was a mere 6 months old.

The chapter, this blog and the Cannabis Movement in Wisconsin have all taken great strides forward. I've put the news out there with a little analysis, and have examined a lot of cannabis developments, from the tragic to the comic to the absurd.

And what indeed is more absurd than banning a plant that has compounds that bind to receptors in our bodies?

Like many of my life's cannabis milestone anniversaries, my earlier 2005 self truly believed that medical cannabis legislation would not still be spinning its wheels in 2010 in our legislature, awaiting profiles in courage by state legislators too accustomed to saying no.

I spent today lobbying with a young ex-Marine afflicted with PTSD after 3 tours in Iraq. How can any "elected representative" think twice about letting those who sacrificed so much not have the medicine that works best instead of pharmaceutical slavery to organ damaging toxic side effect ridden chemicals?

This blog has documented real progress in Wisconsin cannabis laws, despite the continuing legislative stalemate. Marijuana decriminalization has spread to many more locales in the state since 2005. Even staid Waukesha County, where overzealous prosecution had led to the suicide of a couple accused of medical marijuana cultivation a few years back, has initiated decriminalization for small amounts of cannabis and paraphernalia.

With decriminalization, possession of small amounts of cannabis is punishable by a fine, and is a civil citation and not a criminal matter. Patients using small amounts of cannabis in the safety of their homes are less likely to face major consequences, offering a little peace of mind to those who are extremely tired of looking over their shoulders.

I will keep pounding away at this blog as long as I am able. Hopefully, we'll soon see better news for patients than we've seen in the past.

Posted by Gary at 08:43 PM | Comments (0)

March 02, 2010

IMMLY Announce Bulletin: Act now to help pass Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Below is an alert put out by IMMLY today.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

IMMLY Announce Bulletin: Act now to help pass Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act remains in committee as sponsors attempt to assemble the votes to pass the bill. At the current time, while many Democratic Assembly representatives and Senators are ready to vote for the JRMMA, the problem is, so far, no Republican members have formally said they would vote for the bill.

As Democratic majorities in both houses are slim, the JRMMA needs supporters of both parties to pass the Legislature this session. We need to get the word out that the JRMMA is about compassion and that Wisconsinites deserve the same freedom to legally access medical cannabis as Americans in the 14 states that now allow this option.

As of today, we have 51 days until April 22, 2010, at which point the JRMMA's chance of passage will likely expire.

We need to act with urgency now:

* Contact your Legislators
* Send pre-written, editable letter to Legislators:
http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=14115736 or
http://bit.ly/JRMMA
* Find out Who Represents you:
http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
* Call your Legislators: Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472
* Send a Letter to the Editor of your local paper:
http://www.mapinc.org/resource/how2lte.htm
* Call local Media and ask them to support the bill
* Ask your local place of worship to join our Statewide Day of Prayer
for Compassion, Date TBA
* Attend our events
* Attend Madison NORML meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7pm see:
MadisonNORML.org or WINORML.org for more info on location.
* Wisconsin Residents for Assembly Bill 554 "Wisconsin Residents for
Assembly Bill 554 http://bit.ly/cmd4eI
* Print your own fliers: http://www.madisonnorml.org/PYOcenter.html

More information to follow.


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