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March 20, 2012

Wisconsin State Journal: Gary Storck: Finish what Dreyfus began 30 years ago

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My letter in the WI State Journal.


The passing of Joyce Dreyfus, widow of former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus, reminds me of a time when Wisconsin elected representatives from both parties worked together for the common good.

An example was the 1982 passage of the Therapeutic Cannabis Research Act, which passed the Assembly 77-19 and the Senate 32-1. Among those voting in support were Tommy Thompson, William Bablitch, Lynn Adelman, Tom Loftus, Tim Cullen, Michael Ellis and Scott McCallum. Gov. Dreyfus signed the bill into law on April 15, 1982. It remains state law today.

While the act's language assumed federal authorities would provide medical cannabis supplies, that never happened. More than 32 states passed similar laws. Despite the lack of medicine, the fact remains that in 1982 bipartisan majorities in both houses overwhelmingly passed a medical cannabis law and Gov. Dreyfus signed it into law, placing Wisconsin officially on record in support of medical cannabis use.

Today 16 states and Washington, D.C., have medical cannabis laws, and millions of American patients - seniors, veterans, the sick, disabled and dying - are getting their medicine. Wisconsin needs to complete what Dreyfus started and make it happen here.

- Gary Storck, Madison, co-founder, Is My Medicine Legal Yet?

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March 14, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: Recall elections set for Wisconsin State Senators who opposed medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wisconsin recall elections will allow voters to do some housecleaning over a number of issues.

Recall elections set for Wisconsin State Senators who opposed medical marijuana

MADISON – Four Republican Wisconsin State Senators, all on record against state medical marijuana legislation, will be facing recall elections this spring.

The four senators are Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Sens. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, Pam Galloway of Wausau and Van Wanggaard of Racine.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Recall elections set for Wisconsin State Senators who opposed medical marijuana - Madison norml | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/recall-elections-set-for-wisconsin-state-senators-who-opposed-medical-marijuana#ixzz1p8qNdTlF

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March 06, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: 30 year old Wisconsin medical marijuana law united diverse group of lawmakers

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Here is a look waaaay back at a time when Wisconsin lawmakers of all political stripes united and passed a medical cannabis bill.

30 year old medical marijuana law united diverse group of lawmakers

By Gary Storck, Madison NORML Examiner

MADISON -- Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, Gov. Scott McCallum, State Supreme Court Justice William A. Bablitch, US Ambassador to Norway Thomas A. Loftus, U.S. Federal Judge Lynn S. Adelman: all names of prominent Wisconsinites from the last few decades forward.

The group, all former Wisconsin legislators, have something else in common - they all voted for a Wisconsin medical marijuana law that passed both houses by wide margins in 1982 and went on to be signed into law by then-Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus, a moderate Republican.

Continue reading on Examiner.com 30 year old medical marijuana law united diverse group of lawmakers - Madison norml | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/30-year-old-medical-marijuana-law-united-diverse-group-of-lawmakers#ixzz1oJgOO7kJ

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March 01, 2012

The Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Below is some information about a very important upcoming medical cannabis conference - The Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics - being put on in Tucson AZ in late April by Patients Out of Time. Here is the Conference Brochure.

The Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held April 26-28, 2012 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona!

Continuing education credits will be available through the University of California's Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 27, 2012

8:00 - Welcome and Opening remarks - Al Byrne (Patients Out of Time), Donald Abrams, MD (UCSF)

8:30 - Cannabis: Why is it Forbidden? - Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN & Jacki Rickert (Ehlers-Danlos patient)

8:50 - Overview of the Endocannabinoid System - Vincenzo DiMarzo, PhD

9:30 - Care and Feeding of the Endocannabinoid System - John McPartland, DO

10:00 - Break

10:20 - The ECS and Neuropathic Pain - Andrea Hohmann, PhD

10:50 - The Ocular Endocannabinoid System - Melanie Kelly, PhD

11:20 - The Use of Cannabis with Glaucoma - Gary Storck (glaucoma patient & Elvy Musikka (federal medical cannabis patient)

11:40 - Beyond THC: Bringing Back CBD - Martin A. Lee

12:00 - Lunch, with speaker - William Courtney, MD - Raw Cannabis: A Dietary Essential Optimized Through Individualized Phytogenetics (30 minutes)

1:30 - The Role of the Endocanabinoid System in the Regulation of Stress, Mood and Anxiety - Matthew Hill, PhD

2:00 - The ECS and Addiction - Greg Gerdeman, PhD

2:30 - Cannabis as an Exit Drug - Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW

2:50 - Break

3:10 - Perils and Promising Possibilities with Cannabis and Schizophrenia - Christopher Fichtner, MD

3:30 - Research and Education on Cannabinoids: Update from Canada - Mark Ware, MD

4:00 - Question & Answer from the Faculty

4:30 - Day end

Saturday, April 28, 2012

0800 - Opening remarks - Al Byrne; Brian Becker, MD (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine); Mary Koithan, PhD, RN (University of Arizona College of Nursing)

8:30 - Cannabinoids and Cancer Care - Donald Abrams, MD

9:00 - Phytocannabinoids in the Treatment of Breast Cancer and Glioma Cell Cancer - Cristina Sanchez, PhD

9:30 - Cannabis Oil and Skin Cancer - Robert Melamede, PhD

10:00 - Break

10:20 - Empirical Rationales for the Possibility of Cannabis Therapeutics in Post Traumatic Stress - Christopher Fichtner, MD

10:50 - Practical Applications of Cannabis for Post Traumatic Stress - Bryan Krumm, RN, CNP

11:20 - Clinical Trials of Cannabis Use for Post Traumatic Stress Among Veterans - Sue Sisley, MD & Yehuda Baruch, MD (invited)

1140 - Perils and Promising Possibilities with Cannabis and Schizophrenia - Christopher Fichtner, MD

12:00 - Lunch, with speaker - Vincent Palazotto - How to Help When There is No Hope (20 minutes)

1:30 - The Use of Cannabis for ALS - Greg Carter, MD & Cathy Jordan (patient)

2:00 - Can Cannabis Prevent Alzheimer's Disease? - Gary Wenk, PhD

2:30 - Question & Answer from the Faculty

3:00 - Break

3:20 - Panel: The ECS and Clinical Implications for Health Care: Clint Werner (Moderator), Andrew Weil, MD, Julie Holland, MD, Melanie Dreher, RN, PhD

4:30 - Day end


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Contact hours provided by The University of Arizona Medical Center Staff Development and Education. Provider approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider No. CEP 10039 - Hours Pending


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