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October 22, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: Ed Thompson loses battle with cancer

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Sad news out of Tomah today as we learn Ed Thompson has passed away.

Ed Thompson loses battle with cancer

MADISON: Wisconsin has lost a voice for liberty - Ed Thompson, former Mayor of Tomah, has passed away at the age of 66 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

In 2002, Ed Thompson was the Libertarian Party candidate for Wisconsin governor, receiving 11 percent of the vote. He campaigned in support of legal access to medical cannabis and Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Jacki Rickert was his Buffalo County campaign director.

Continues: http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/ed-thompson-loses-battle-with-cancer

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October 06, 2011

Harvest Fest 41 gains more ground on Cannabis Prohibition

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Here is my detailed look at Harvest Fest 41 with a slide show.

Harvest Fest 41 gains more ground on Cannabis Prohibition

By Gary Storck, Madison NORML Examiner

MADISON: Despite the untimely passing of longtime festival organizer Ben Masel earlier this year, the 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival showed the yearly event is not going away, but instead growing and becoming more polished. Masel organized the festival for all but its first year before losing his battle with cancer April 30. The festival is coordinated by the Madison and Wisconsin chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Wisconsin medical cannabis advocacy group Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY).

The festival theme, riffing off the football rivalry between Wisconsin and Nebraska by dubbing it the "A Clash of Two Historically Rich Hemp Producing States," was Ben's idea, a product of early festival planning meetings from last winter.

Harvest Fest 41 also demonstrated that organized resistance to cannabis prohibition is steadily gaining ground both in Wisconsin as well as nationally. While another Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA) will be introduced later this session, politics have all but stalled forward progress statewide cannabis law reform efforts in the legislature.

Harvest Fest 41 paired nicely with the highly anticipated college football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Nebraska Huskers. The nationally televised game brought tens of thousands of Nebraska fans to Madison and the 7pm start time brought a constant flow of football fans navigating to Camp Randall or downtown.

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