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May 13, 2010

Letter: WI state Journal: Try again to pass medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nice to have letters in Wisconsin's two largest newspapers within a few days! Here is the Wisconsin State Journal letter. The other was Monday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LTE.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Try again to pass medical marijuana

Veterans and others managing post traumatic stress report that medical marijuana can help in ways conventional medications cannot, without the toxicity, side effects and interactions.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, showed true support for vets and other PTSD sufferers by including it among qualifying debilitating medical conditions in the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee like so many others before it.

In 2007, New Mexico also faced the end of session without passing a medical marijuana bill long in the works. Gov. Bill Richardson persuaded wavering lawmakers to come back and pass it, making New Mexico the first state to pass a bill specifically including PTSD, and the 12th state to OK medical marijuana.

Should he move to call the Legislature back into session, Gov. Jim Doyle, long on record as willing to sign legislation giving doctors this option, should do what Richardson did and convince lawmakers to act to make this health care option a reality for Wisconsin patients and veterans.

Don't veterans who fought for freedom deserve the freedom to choose which medicine works best for them?

- Gary Storck, Madison, director of communications, Is My Medicine Legal YET? (www.immly.org)

Posted by Gary at 03:59 PM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2010

Letter: MARIJUANA Finish the job on medical use

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, May 10, 2010

A letter I wrote that was published in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pubdate: 10 May 2010

MARIJUANA
Finish the job on medical use

Regarding the May 7 Journal Sentinel editorial urging Gov. Jim Doyle to call the Legislature back into session to "Finish the job," there is another issue, one that Doyle is on record as supporting, that also needs to be revisited this session - and that is medical marijuana.

In more than eight hours of gripping and emotional testimony at a hearing last December, more than 100 patients and family members testified how invaluable medical cannabis has been in treating a broad range of medical conditions, saving and extending lives and restoring quality of life and dignity to others.

Only five people testified against the bill, each representing a special interest that benefits from the current status quo that criminalizes cancer patients, veterans with PTSD and other conditions, the elderly, MS patients and others suffering debilitating medical conditions.

When the people speak, should not legislators listen? Further delay only continues to put our veterans, seniors, sick, disabled and dying squarely at risk not only of arrest and jail but also the dangers of using toxic conventional drugs with laundry lists of side effects and interactions that make them unsafe for even short-term use.

It's time for Doyle to make sure compassion is his legacy and for state lawmakers to find the courage to do the right thing.

Gary Storck
Executive Director
Wisconsin NORML
Madison

Posted by Gary at 08:24 PM | Comments (0)

May 09, 2010

Wisconsin NORML meeting/workshop in Tomah Sat. May 15

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, May 9, 2010

While the Wisconsin Legislature completed its regular session leaving the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act among unfinished business, the fight for medical cannabis in Wisconsin continues. Below are details of an event in Tomah on May 15.

Pass the JRMMA Activism Meeting
Type: Meetings - Informational Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Mr Ed's Tee Pee
Street: 812 Superior Avenue
City/Town: Tomah, WI

JRMMA.org, IMMLY and Wisconsin NORML present an activist meeting at Mr. Ed's Tee Pee, centrally located in downtown Tomah WI. The Tee Pee is owned by Ed Thompson.

Join Jacki Rickert, Ben Masel, Gary Storck and other Wisconsin medical cannabis activists as we plan the next phase in passing a Wisconsin medical cannabis law. While the time has run out this session for the JRMMA to pass, activists are working to create a campaign to place local advisory referendums on the ballot this November in cities and villages across Wisconsin. By working to get signatures to place these on the ballot this Spring, we can make medical cannabis a statewide issue in this fall's elections and help make sure the JRMMA is a priority when the new session begins.

Some estimated signature numbers for selected communities:

Lodi 180
Rio 40
Columbus 290
Mondovi 110
Whitewater 750
Ft. Atkinson 610
Mineral Point 120
Platteville 600
Ripon 420
Brandon 50
Altoona 360
Menominee 700
River Falls 685
Prescott 200
Park Falls 135
Baraboo 700
Trempeleau (village) 90
Waunakee 720
Beloit 1,500

At this meeting we will discuss the direct legislation process and provide step by step instructions and sample forms and other tools needed to get a referendum on your local ballot.

We'll also talk about other news and developments in medical cannabis.

Please join us May 15 and help move the JRMMA forward while meeting like-minded people from around the state. Be sure to try the Tee Pee's excellent food offerings.

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