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September 27, 2010

Madison NORML Examiner - "Burn One Down" singer Ben Harper to perform with Obama in Madison Tuesday

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, September 27, 2010

Another bit of coincidence and even irony in the news that sinber-songwriter Ben Harper, best known to the cannabis community as the writer of the pot song, "Burn One Down", is performing with President Barack Obama at his Tuesday UW-Madison rally.

“Burn One Down” singer Ben Harper to perform with Obama in Madison Tuesday

MADISON: We wrote a couple days ago about how President Obama had plans to hold a rally at Library Mall in downtown Madison on Tuesday, on the UW campus, and how Library Mall has been the location of the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival for many years.

Today, we learn that in a further coincidence, that Obama’s appearance will include a performance by singer-songwriter Ben Harper.

Read entire article with images and video here

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September 25, 2010

Madison NORML Examiner: Obama Tuesday Madison rally at site of next weekend’s Harvest Fest

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Below is the link to an article about Obama's upcoming visit to Madison to the very site of Harvest Fest! Too bad the admitted one time cannabis afficianado will not be able to stop by for Sunday's parade!

Obama Tuesday Madison rally at site of next weekend’s Harvest Fest

MADISON: Next Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be coming to Madison and headlining a political rally on the University of Wisconsin campus downtown.


The event will be on Library Mall, which just a few days later, on Saturday Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3, will be the location of the 40th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.


The festival, entering it’s fifth decade, has been a fall fixture in Madison, even outdrawing the university’s football team back when the team was not the powerhouse of recent years.

Read entire article here.

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September 24, 2010

Lassa records: Marshfield Clinic, Sheriff, lobbied against MMJ bill

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, September 24, 2010

We recently did an open records request on the office of State Senator Julie Lassa, who joined with Republicans on the Senate Health committee to kill the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act. Here is a link to an article that looks at the open records.

Lassa records: Marshfield Clinic, Sheriff, lobbied against MMJ bill

MADISON: Analysis of records released by State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Milladore) regarding SB368/AB554 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA) reveal overwhelming support for the JRMMA from constituents who wrote or called to express their opinions.

Read full article with links and image here.

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September 03, 2010

Letter in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: MEDICAL MARIJUANA No wonder folks are leaving

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, September 3, 2010

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published an article about Wisconsin's "brain drain": Poll finds ‘brain drain’ a statewide concern Majority in Wisconsin sees talent exiting, WPRI-sponsored research indicates

Below is my response, published September 3, 2010 in the Journal-Sentinel.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pubdate: 03 September 2010
Author: Gary Storck

MEDICAL MARIJUANA
No wonder folks are leaving

News that a majority of Wisconsinites feel that the state is losing its best and brightest is no surprise in light of the failure of state lawmakers to pass a medical marijuana bill this year, "Poll finds 'brain drain' a statewide concern" (Page 1B, Aug. 29).

The failure to pass medical marijuana has fueled an exodus of people and their assets out of our state. Those with the ways and means are leaving for states as close as Michigan where medical marijuana is legal under state law.

Also departing are young people and others who want to work in the thriving medical cannabis industry in the 14 states and Washington, D.C., where it is now legal.

Wisconsin can no longer afford to listen to the special interests whose job security lies in denying medical marijuana to our veterans, seniors, our sick, disabled and dying. State residents are missing out on both medicine and jobs because we keep electing fossils with no new ideas and zero political courage.

The only way to stop the brain drain is to vote out those who want to keep us living both in the past, and for all too many, living in severe pain, when we go to the polls this fall.

Gary Storck
Executive Director
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Wisconsin chapter

Madison

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September 01, 2010

Madison NORML Examiner: Sept. 14 Wisconsin partisan primary election overview in two parts

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Here is my look at the Sept. 14 primary election in Wisconsin.

MADISON: Tuesday Sept. 14 is Wisconsin’s Fall 2010 partisan primary election. Unlike the Nov. 2 general election, voters are limited to voting for candidates within a single party. The winners of contested primaries represent their parties on the Nov. 2 ballots. Sometimes it can be politically strategic to vote outside one's usual party choice.

The following is a look at some key primary contests. Because of length I will be publishing it in 2 parts. This information is by no means complete with so the many candidates and races. Reader input on candidates is appreciated.

Madison NORML Examiner: Sept. 14 Wisconsin partisan primary election overview: Part One

Madison NORML Examiner: Sept. 14 Wisconsin partisan primary election overview: Part Two

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