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February 24, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: Wisconsin patients go West for medical marijuana approvals

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, February 24, 2012

Here is my look at the recent Oregonian article on out of state patients.

Wisconsin patients go West for medical marijuana approvals

By Gary Storck, Madison NORML Examiner

MADISON - Oregon's largest newspaper, the Oregonian, published an article on Feb. 20, 2012, that reported on the increasing number of out of state patients registering for Oregon's medical marijuana program, the only state medical cannabis program that accepts out-of-staters, "Hundreds of out-of-staters find comfort in obtaining Oregon medical marijuana cards."

I was interviewed for the article, which included a photo of me in my apartment posing next to a highway map of Oregon mounted on a door with a copy of my Oregon registration above.

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February 22, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: Wisconsin pot laws toughest in Midwest

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just how bad are Wisconsin pot laws? How about "Worst in the Midwest?"

Wisconsin pot laws toughest in Midwest

By Gary Storck, Madison NORML Examiner

MADISON - According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Wisconsin's marijuana laws, unchanged since the early 1970s, are the most draconian among seven Midwestern states in cases involving simple possession of small amounts of cannabis - second offense.

A review of cannabis laws for the seven states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, found that Wisconsin state laws are the harshest, far more punitive for small amounts that its neighbors, when a second offense occurs. While individual states may have harsher penalties for a first offense than Wisconsin, none of the other six specify a felony for the second offense, no matter how small the amount.

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February 19, 2012

Oregonian: Hundreds of out-of-staters find comfort in obtaining Oregon medical marijuana cards

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Oregon's largest newspaper, the Oregonian, did a nice article on out of state patients in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. As one of those out of state patients, I was very pleased to contribute to this article.

Hundreds of out-of-staters find comfort in obtaining Oregon medical marijuana cards

Here's an excerpt:

Storck, the medical marijuana activist in Wisconsin, which doesn't have a medical marijuana program, carries his Oregon card with him wherever he goes even though it isn't likely to offer him much legal protection.

"To be able to have at least one state say, 'Yes, we accept that you are a patient,' means so much to me," he said. "It was worth the trip to be recognized as a patient. I have been fighting my whole entire adult life for my medicine. My own home state, where I was born, won't recognize that."

A map of Oregon hangs in his home, a reminder that his marijuana use is legal here.

"I am really thankful to Oregon," Storck said. "I am legal in every inch of that state and that is a beautiful thought for me."

Read the full article here.

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February 14, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: Green Bay marijuana case shows Wisconsin pot laws are dopey

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wisconsin's medieval cannabis laws are a cruel reality for the many unfortunates caught in the system for tiny amounts of the herb.

Green Bay marijuana case shows Wisconsin pot laws are dopey

MADISON -- Despite several attempts in the 1970s, state lawmakers were never able to pass a statewide cannabis "decriminalization" law. While a later statute allows counties and certain local government units to treat possession of less than 25 grams of cannabis as a civil infraction instead of a criminal offense, these ordinances, where they exist, are unevenly enforced, if not outright ignored. For example, while both La Crosse City and County passed local cannabis ordinances, local attorneys say the ordinances are not used by prosecutors.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Green Bay marijuana case shows Wisconsin pot laws are dopey - Madison norml | Examiner.com

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