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May 28, 2013

The American Cultivator: 4/20 Comes of Age in Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Here is my latest article for the American Cultivator, a feature on 4/20 in Madison.

4/20 Comes of Age in Madison

by Gary Storck

Nationally, 2013 saw some of the largest and most enthusiastic celebrations of 4/20 to date. Madison Wisconsin activists and cannabis fans made sure there were plenty of ways to mark the day locally.

Policy Panel

Having 4/20 on a Saturday this year made for more ways to celebrate the cannabis plant. Green Day, an annual Earth Day/sustainable-living expo sponsored by Madison’s Isthmus weekly newspaper (thedailypage.com), included a nearly 90-minute long “Pot Policy and Drug Peace,” panel discussion this year.

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May 25, 2013

Madison NORML Examiner: Could 1982 Wisconsin medical pot law be implemented through amendment?

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, May 25, 2013

A South Carolina lawmaker attempted to update an old but symbolic state medical cannabis law. Wisconsin has the same type of law.

Could 1982 Wisconsin medical pot law be implemented through amendment?

Wisconsin and more than 30 other states passed medical cannabis laws in the 1970's and 1980's. While a number of states have repealed these laws, some remain on the books.

Both Wisconsin and South Carolina still have a "Therapeutic Cannabis Research Act" (TCRA) as part of their statutes.


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May 18, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Letter to the Editor: Marijuana Has Health Benefits

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Three great studies linking cannabis consumption to health benefits this week inspired me to write this letter to the editor.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pubdate: May 18, 2013
Author: Gary Storck

MARIJUANA HAS HEALTH BENEFITS

Health care professionals report America is suffering an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. What if a widely used substance could prevent and maybe "cure" diabetes? There is, and cannabis is that substance.

In a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, "The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among U.S. Adults," researchers studied 579 current cannabis users and 1,975 past users. In multivariable adjusted models, current marijuana use was associated with 16% lower fasting insulin levels and 17% lower insulin resistance levels. Researchers also found significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.

Other recent studies have also found cannabis use beneficial for other conditions. Israeli researchers concluded smoking cannabis caused a "complete remission" of Crohn's disease compared to placebo in half the patients in a study to be published by the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Kaiser Permanente researchers looking at bladder cancer concluded cannabis use only was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence, while tobacco use only was associated with a 52% increase in bladder cancer.

These studies only add to the overwhelming evidence that marijuana prohibition is not just a colossal failure but also a counterproductive fraud. Repeal would not only save billions in criminal justice system costs but, as these studies suggest, save billions in health care costs as well.

Gary Storck
Co-founder Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Co-founder/past president Wisconsin and Madison NORML
Madison

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May 08, 2013

Madison NORML Examiner: Dane County Board may vote to urge Congress to legalize pot

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Dane County board looks at a vote on cannabis legalization.

Dane County Board may vote to urge Congress to legalize pot

Dane County Sup. Kyle Richmond has announced he has introduced a resolution to support HR 499, federal legislation which would decriminalize marijuana. Richmond's resolution, Res. 25, has 10 cosponsors and has been referred to the Executive Committee for consideration in the next week or two..

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May 07, 2013

The Capital Times: Letter: Gary Storck: 1982 saw high point in bipartisanship on medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday May 7, 2013

Here is a letter on the current state of Wisconsin politics published in the Capital Times.

The Capital Times: Letters: Gary Storck: 1982 saw high point in bipartisanship on medical marijuana

May 07, 2013

Dear Editor: Paul Fanlund's article "In UW, the 'Jiffy Lube' GOP found its latest demon," highlights the current state of dysfunction in Wisconsin government. But many of us still remember a time when politicians of all backgrounds, including Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, worked together for the common good.

A prime example of that time is found in the years former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus was in office. Those who remember the Dreyfus years point to a time in Wisconsin politics very unlike today when representatives did not vote along party lines but actually decided issues on their merits.

A high point came in 1982 when a bipartisan majority of lawmakers approved the Therapeutic Cannabis Research Act (TCRA), which was signed into law by Dreyfus. Dreyfus had initially opposed the bill but came around to support it.

The TCRA established a program where glaucoma and cancer patients could obtain medical marijuana with support of their physician. It remains on the books today but due to the refusal of federal authorities to share federal medicinal pot supplies, the promise of the TCRA remains unfulfilled.

Ellis, then an Assembly representative, was one of the 77 "aye" votes. Ellis was joined by a diverse bipartisan group that included Mordecai Lee, Tom Loftus, John Norquist, Mary Panzer, Tommy Thompson and a host of others.

In the Senate, Lynn Adelman, William Bablitch, Tim Cullen and Scott McCallum joined others in casting an emphatic 32-1 vote in favor.

In 1982, Wisconsin lawmakers put the state firmly on record as supporting the rights of patients to obtain medical cannabis with physician approval. It's time for today's lawmakers and governor to join together on issues Wisconsinites agree on. A good start would be to finish what was started in 1982 by passing legislation that will allow patients legal access to medical cannabis without further delay.

Gary Storck

co-founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET?

www.IMMLY.org

Madison

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