February 14, 2016

Cannabadger.com: Valentine's Day 2008: Asking Bill Clinton, Where's Jacki's Medicine?

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, February 14, 2016

This new post on Cannabadger.com goes back to 2008, using posts from right here on the Madison NORML blog, a repository of a lot of history. With Hillary Clinton a candidate again, this is a story worth retelling.

Cannabadger.com: Valentine's Day 2008: Asking Bill Clinton, Where's Jacki's Medicine?

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing and Hillary Clinton once again among leading candidates, it seems fitting to take a look back to Valentine's Day 2008, when former President Bill Clinton made a stop at the UW-Madison Stock Pavilion for Hillary Clinton during her unsuccessful campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, on 2008 .

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February 10, 2013

Madison NORML Examiner: Need for hemp for wartime rope made Wisconsin farmers defense contractors

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, February 10, 2013

A look back at when Wisconsin farmers prospered from hemp cultivation.

Need for hemp for wartime rope made Wisconsin farmers defense contractors

The cultivation of hemp dates back to America's earliest settlers and hemp products including rope, paper, canvas helped build America. While the crop fell victim to marijuana prohibition, it was brought back during World War 2 to provide rope for the U.S. Navy.

In Nov. 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana in that state. Amendment 64 also allows the legal cultivation of hemp, pending legislative authorization.

Wisconsin lawmakers have sponsored hemp related bills over the years but because of federal law, any state effort is likely to continue to be symbolic. But clearly, with talk of full legalization widespread after Colorado and Washington voters repealed marijuana prohibition in those states Nov. 6, 2012, hemp offers a huge range of opportunities for business and job creation for hemp producers and the industries that would arise to process the plant, if legal.

Read entire article here.

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July 26, 2009

Video: Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin: Gary Storck talks of glaucoma and Wisconsin medical cannabis efforts

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, July 26, 2009

Almost 30 years ago this July 31, in 1979, I attended a hearing on a medical marijuana bill at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. I took a bus up from Milwaukee, where I lived at the time, for what would be my very first visit to the Capitol.

I was there to support Assembly Bill 279, which would establish a Wisconsin Therapeutic Cannabis Research Act. Fellow glaucoma patient Robert Randall, the first legal federal mmj patient, was also present and testified in support as he had done in other states at the time. Here is a video I made about that historic hearing on that historic date, Tuesday, July 31, 1979:


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June 10, 2009

Videos of IMMLY's June 7 medical cannabis vigil at WI State Capitol

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Here are videos from Sunday's vigil at the State Capitol from IMMLY.org.

IMMLY's "candlelight" vigil for victims of Medical Cannabis Prohibition on June 7 at Wisconsin Capitol a resounding success!
Longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Gary Storck speaks at IMMLY's medical cannabis vigil at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Sunday, June 7, 2009. Gary talks about the vigil then introduces IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert in this clip from the vigil.

 




Is My Medicine Legal YET? Founder Jacki Rickert speaks about Cheryl Miller and medical cannabis at IMMLY's medical cannabis vigil at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

 



IMMLY's Gary Storck introduces Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Mary Powers at IMMLY's medical cannabis vigil at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

 





Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Mary Powers speaks at IMMLY's medical cannabis vigil at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

 



Wisconsin singer-songwriter Rick Harris performs his song, "Legal Medicine Blues" for Jacki Rickert and other attendees of an LED "candlelight" vigil for medical cannabis at the State Capitol in Madison that was organized by IMMLY.

 




Another view of Rick
playing Legal Medicine Bues at the vigil:

 



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June 08, 2009

Legal Medicine Blues at the Wisconsin State Capitol on June 7, 2009

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, June 8, 2009

The vigil Jacki and I organized for Is My Medicine Legal YET? at the Wisconsin State Capitol Sunday night was a resounding success, with at least 45 folks in attendance. Patients, activists, students, everyday people held LED candles and heard myself, Jacki, Mary Powers and others speak, with a great live version of "Legal Medicine Blues" by singer-songwriter Rick Harris to conclude the event. Below is that song, and I should have videos of the speeches available soon.

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June 04, 2009

A letter from 30 years ago today

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Good luck to my friends in NJ today as they take medical cannabis to the next level with a hearing that could put their state's bill on the NJ Assembly floor for a final vote later. Cheryl Miller's spirit will be in the hearing room!

I first wrote this post in 2006, when it had been 27 years ago that I obtained a letter from my eye doctor saying if he were able to legally, he would prescribe cannabis for my glaucoma.

Now it has been 3 decades since the letter, and nearly 37 years since an earlier eye doc tested my intraocular pressure (IOP) after I had medicated and found that my chronically elevated IOPs were normal!

June 04, 2006 A letter from 27 years ago today

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, June 4, 2006

Since 1979, June 4 has held special meaning for me. My then-ophthalmologist wrote me a letter dated June 4, 1979 that states, "I am familiar that reports that marijuana lowers intraocular pressure in many people who have glaucoma. If marijuana were available for me to prescribe to this patient, I would be willing to do so, in the hope it would adequately control his condition with fewer side effects than the medications currently available."

Unfortunately, under federal law, my doctor could not prescribe marijuana then and still cannot do so today. Marijuana could be prescribed up until 1970, when Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act classing marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse and no medical use. 36 years later and counting, they have still not corrected this grave error, and many millions of patients over several generations have paid the price.

The letter was significant personally in that it represented the first time a doctor had recognized, in writing, that cannabis would benefit me and that it should be available like any other medication. Seven years earlier, October 3, 1972, I had stumbled upon pot as a treatment for the congenital glaucoma that had steadily stolen my sight all through childhood. I had smoked some pot with friends after school and headed off to see a different eye doctor. He found my normally highly elevated intraocular pressures normal. Since that day I have continued to medicate with cannabis every day I could obtain it, through the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's and today over halfway through the 00's.

If America truly is the land of liberty and justice for all, the Berlin wall of cannabis prohibition must fall, like the lies and myths that have been perpetrated in the name of keeping this gentle herb from patients in need. The sky is blue not green, and its time to stop the lies and the war and let the healing begin.

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May 25, 2009

Live Legal Medicine Blues from 2007 IMMLY/Madison NORML benefit at Cardinal Bar in Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, May 25, 2009

Here is a video from the IMMLY/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit at the Cardinal Bar in Madison on Friday, October 6, 2007. The Riddiough-Shanahan Band plays the traditional singalong version of Rick Harris' "Legal Medicine Blues". Rick Harris was inspired to write LMB after meeting Jacki Rickert while playing IMMLY's first benefit at Mother Fools Coffee in 2001. Read more about this great song click here

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