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June 21, 2011

Video: Wisconsin Veterans need Medical Cannabis Today!

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Several weeks ago on June 5, I again happened on a Memorial Day Veteran's display display at Olbrich Park in Madison. I was inspired to create this short video by the experience!

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June 16, 2011

Wisconsin State Journal: PUB LTE: Kudos for piece on seniors using pot

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Here is a leter in response to the great AP article on seniors and cannabis that recently graced their front page.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Pubdate: June 16, 2011
Author: Gary Storck

KUDOS FOR PIECE ON SENIORS USING POT

It was good to read last Thursday's article reflecting the rising use of medical cannabis by seniors. With medical use now legal in Washington, D.C., and 16 states from coast to coast, more seniors are rediscovering a medicine their parents or grandparents may have been prescribed before marijuana prohibition yanked cannabis from the nation's pharmacopoeia in 1937.

Seniors medicating with cannabis are finding it safer and gentler than harsh standard pharmaceuticals. Medical cannabis can replace multiple medications and reduce side effects, cutting both drug costs and toxicity.

Older Americans are no longer satisfied with taking medications that impair cognition and injure organs. Research has not just cleared smoking cannabis of any cancer connection, but has also found strong indications that cannabis may kill cancers. Other evidence suggests its use could protect seniors from Alzheimer's and heart disease. Smokeless methods of ingestion, such as vaporization, tinctures, medibles, salves and capsules, offer patients many options.

Polling consistently finds broad majority support for medical cannabis in Wisconsin, but our elected representatives have other priorities, pushing through measure after measure with little or no public support. Please let them know Wisconsin's seniors, veterans, sick, disabled and dying deserve better.

- Gary Storck, co-founder, Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

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June 14, 2011

"War On Drugs" 40th Anniversary protest in Madison Thursday 6/16

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Friday June 17 is the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's "war on drugs". On Thursday the 16th, a Madison event will mark this sad anniversary.

"War On Drugs" 40th Anniversary protest

Time: Thursday, June 16 ยท 9:00am - 11:00am

Location: Controlled Substances Board Meeting, WI Department of Regulation and Licensing 1400 East Washington Avenue (At Dickinson St.
Created by: Wisconsin NORML

What: Informational picket and protest to mark 40th anniversary of "War on Drugs" at Quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.

Where: WI Department of Regulation and Licensing, 1400 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703 Cross Street is Dickinson, this is the Washington Square office building on north side of East Washington.

When: Picket from 9-11 am on sidewalks outside, meeting starts at 9:30 am, Public Comment allowed at end.

Bring signs abut the drug war, prisons, marijuana prohibition, taxing and regulating cannabis, etc. Signmaking supplies available on site.

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" - a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, and has contributed to making America the world's largest incarcerator.

On Tuesday June 16, 2011, the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will note the 40th anniversary of the "War on Drugs" with an informational picket at the quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin State Controlled Substances Board. (Agenda: http://drl.wi.gov/meetings_doc.asp?thismeeting=2774)

President Nixon ignored the recommendations of his own handpicked panel on marijuana, the Shafer Commission and instead chose to go down the path of drug prohibition.

In 1975, the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board held public hearings on Wisconsin's marijuana laws at 8 state locations. The results were an astounding 92% supported legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis. This came at a time when there was little discussion or understanding of the medical properties.

Despite these findings, the Controlled Substances Board, like Nixon in 1971, ignored the results. Instead, the Board became the driving force behind maintaining and sustaining marijuana prohibition in Wisconsin through the intervening decades up until today. It was the Controlled Substances Board who turned back marijuana decriminalization legislation in the late 1970s it was the Controlled Substances Board who helped kill the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.

A long time figure in the Controlled Substances Board has been Dr. Darold Treffert, a Fox Valley psychiatrist who has served as chairman of the board off and on for several decades. According to their agenda, the board will honor Dr. Treffert: "E. Recognition of Darold Treffert, MD."

Wisconsin NORML would also like to recognize both Dr. Treffert as a drug warrior and the Controlled Substances Board as an agency that ignores its own findings while helping sustain unjust drug policies that have caused great harm to Wisconsin and its residents.

That a medical doctor would make a career out of keeping medical cannabis out of the hands of the state veterans, seniors, sick, disabled and dying that paid for his position and staff for decades is reprehensible. But this is why they were chosen as the location to mark this shameful anniversary in our nation's history.

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June 09, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: KO for K2? Wisconsin synthetic marijuana ban passes Legislature, heads to Walker

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, June 9, 2011

With plant cannabinoid prohibition long entrenched in Wisconsin, state lawmakers are now finished banning synthetic cannabinoids in the state.

Madison NORML Examiner: KO for K2? Wisconsin synthetic marijuana ban passes Legislature, heads to Walker

MADISON: Wisconsin Assembly Bill 57/Senate Bill 54, prohibiting the possession and sale of synthetic cannabinoids passed the State Assembly Wednesday June 8. The synthetic cannabinoids are often marketed as incense under names including K2 and Spice.

Continue reading on Examiner.com KO for K2? Wisconsin synthetic marijuana ban passes Legislature, heads to Walker - http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/ko-for-k2-wisconsin-synthetic-marijuana-ban-passes-legislature-heads-to-walker#ixzz1OqXbgWux

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June 07, 2011

RELEASE: June 7 Wisconsin Capitol Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Here is the release for the June 7 Wisconsin Capitol Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition

RELEASE: June 7 Wisconsin Capitol Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition

Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Madison NORML/Wisconsin NORML

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7 Wisconsin Capitol Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition

MADISON: Wisconsin medical cannabis patients and supporters will gather from 4-6 pm Tuesday June 7 at the King St. corner of the Capitol Square to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition and call on lawmakers to make Wisconsin the 17th state to pass medical cannabis legislation. The vigil will feature tributes to patients who fell victim to medical cannabis prohibition as well as acoustic music from Mark Shanahan. Shanahan will begin the event by performing the Wisconsin medical cannabis anthem, "Legal Medicine Blues" at 4pm.

This year will mark the third year for the vigil, which is again being organized by the medical cannabis advocacy group Is My Medicine Legal YET?, along with the Madison and Wisconsin chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and JRMMA.org.

The June 7 vigil date commemorates the date that Cheryl Miller passed away of complications of multiple sclerosis in 2003 at a New Jersey hospital. Wisconsin medical cannabis activists Jacki Rickert and Gary Storck were close friends of Cheryl and her husband Jim Miller is holding a "sister vigil" at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton Tuesday evening..

The list of names of those who passed away without legal access to medical cannabis grows each year. Last year the passing of Madison medical cannabis patient activist Mary Powers still hung heavy over the event. This year, attendees will be remembering longtime Madison activist Ben Masel, who died April 30 after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. At the conclusion of the vigil at 6pm, attendees will parade around the Capitol in support of medical cannabis in Wisconsin.


What: Third Annual Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition

When: Tuesday, June 7 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Parade around Square at 6pm

Where: King Street sidewalk of State Capitol Square, Madison, WI

More info: or visit IMMLY.org, MadisonNORML.org, WINORML.org.

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June 02, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Madison NORML's Third Annual Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition is Tuesday June 7. Here's more:

June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition

MADISON: Medical cannabis supporters will gather next Tuesday at the King St. corner of the State Capitol to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition. This year will mark the third year for the vigil, which runs from 4-6pm. The vigil will feature tributes to patients who fell victim to medical cannabis prohibition as well as some tasty dobro playing by Mark Shanahan. Shanahan will begin the event by performing the Wisconsin medical cannabis anthem, "Legal Medicine Blues" at 4pm.

Continue reading on Examiner.com June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition - http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/june-7-capitol-vigil-to-remember-victims-of-medical-marijuana-prohibition#ixzz1OA0UK4Nf

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