August 25, 2015

Cannabadger.com: Madison NORML sets Capitol Lobby Day Sept. 15 for pot decrim and hemp bills

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Madison NORML has scheduled a Capitol Lobby Day for Sept. 13, 2015.

Cannabadger.com: Madison NORML sets Capitol Lobby Day Sept. 15 for pot decrim and hemp bills

On Tuesday Sept. 15, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, the Madison and Wisconsin chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are holding a Cannabis Lobby Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

Read entire article, "Cannabadger.com: Madison NORML sets Capitol Lobby Day Sept. 15 for pot decrim and hemp bills."

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May 02, 2015

Rep. Considine to Introduce Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill at Capitol press conference Wed. May 6th

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, Mat 2, 2015

Good news in that Wisconsin will again see bipartisan industrial hemp legislation this session.

Source: Cannabadger.com

Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) will be holding a press conference at 11am Wed May 6 in the Assembly Parlor to introduce his new hemp bill LRB 1692. Considine's proposal has been circulating among lawmakers and already has a number of cosponsors

Read full article: "Rep. Considine to Introduce Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill at Capitol press conference Wed. May 6th"

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October 01, 2014

Madison NORML Examiner: 44th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival this weekend in Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I have been to every Harvest Fest since 1995, HF25. This year, there will be a new location due to construction at Library Mall.

Madison NORML Examiner: 44th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival this weekend in Madison

Cannabis fans are fired up. The bands and speakers have been booked, the permits approved and the website updated. The excitement is bubbling over. The first weekend in October means it's time again for the longest running Marijuana Festival in the United States - The 44th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival! The first weekend in October means it's time again for the longest running Marijuana Festival in the United States - The 44th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival!madisonhempfest.com

The biggest change this year is a temporary move over to Pinckney St., on the King St. side of the State Capitol on Saturday. Library Mall, the traditional location for many years, has been under construction for months and will not be available. So HF44 will go on as usual, but on the 100 block of S. Pinckney St., off Capitol Square.

Read full article: Madison NORML Examiner: 44th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival this weekend in Madison

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April 18, 2014

Second 420 Festival headlines Madison 4/20 celebrations

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, April 18, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed two pot bills this week. Here is my look at that story.

Second 420 Festival headlines Madison 4/20 celebrations

There is much to celebrate this April 20 in Madison. Not only did Dane County voters pass a pro-legalization advisory referendum by a near 65/35 margin April 1, the just ended legislative session saw a record number of cannabis law reform bills including comprehensive medical, legalization of small amounts, industrial hemp, decriminalization and finally, a narrowly focused medical marijuana bill covering CBD hemp oil for pediatric seizures, which passed and was signed into law.

Continue reading "Second 420 Festival headlines Madison 4/20 celebrations."

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December 01, 2013

CHANGE.org: Petitioning Wisconsin Medical Society and Dr. Michael M. Miller M.D.: Apologize for Obstructing Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Legislation

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Please sign and share this new petition I created.

Petitioning Wisconsin Medical Society and Dr. Michael M. Miller M.D.: Apologize for Obstructing Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Legislation

My name is Gary Storck and I'm a medical cannabis patient/activist in Madison, WI. I was born with glaucoma and other medical issues and have been using medical cannabis more than 41 years to save my eyesight. I've been trying to change WI law to allow medical use but have been blocked at every direction thanks to the WI Med Society and Dr. Miller.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently formally apologized for his role in denying the legitimacy of medical marijuana, saying he had been duped. Dr. Gupta's extraordinary apology and acknowledgement that the medical establishment has abdicated its responsibilities toward the science of cannabis cones at a time the nation is reaching the broadest level of mainstream support yet for medical cannabis.

"We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that" -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Unfortunately, Wisconsin's path to legal medical cannabis has long been repeatedly obstructed by the efforts of Dr. Michael M. Miller M.D., F.A.S.A.M. and the Wisconsin State Medical Society (SMS).

For decades, Dr. Miller and his predecessor, Fond Du Lac, Wisc. Dr. Darold Treffert, M.D., have abused their status as officials with both the State Medical Society and Wisconsin's State Controlled Substances Board to systematically hold back the progress of medicine in Wisconsin and deny a safe, natural treatment to millions of state residents by pursuing efforts designed to withhold legal access to medical cannabis to the state's seniors, veterans, sick, disabled and dying patients.

Enough is enough and it is time for Dr. Miller and the SMS to take responsibility for what they have done in prolonging the suffering of people in pain.

But, instead of moderating their extreme medical cannabis policies to acknowledge the world has changed and they have made mistakes, Dr. Miller and the Medical Society have now instead cynically decided to double-down by attacking Wisconsin's latest medical cannabis legislation.

Senate Bill 363/Assembly Bill 480, Wisconsin's new Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA), was recently introduced by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) along with four other state senators and twelve assembly representatives. The response of Dr. Miller and the SMS was again to register with Wisconsin's lobbying regulators against the bill and oppose it in the Wisconsin State Journal and other media outlets.

It is time for both Dr. Michael M. Miller and the Wisconsin Medical Society to apologize for misleading Wisconsinites on this issue and working to maintain a prohibition that harms every state resident. It is also time to for the State Medical Society to find a new spokesperson with an actual background in the science of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.

If you agree, please sign and share this petition! http://www.change.org/petitions/wisconsin-medical-society-and-dr-michael-m-miller-m-d-apologize-for-obstructing-wisconsin-medical-marijuana-legislation?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

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April 10, 2013

Madison NORML Examiner: Pot Policy Panel and 420 Festival among April 20 events in Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Here is an update on what is happening this April 20th in Madison.

Pot Policy Panel and 420 Festival among April 20 events in Madison

On April 20, Madison Wisconsin, long a beacon of cannabis tolerance, will be hosting an array of events celebrating what has become the annual holiday dedicated to cannabis around the world.

At 3:00 p.m. on 4/20, there will be a panel discussion, "Pot Policy and Drug Peace," at the Isthmus Green Day event at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in downtown Madison two blocks from the Capitol on MLK Blvd.

Read full article: "Pot Policy Panel and 420 Festival among April 20 events in Madison"

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March 28, 2013

Madison NORML Examiner: 420 Festival 2013 headlines Madison 4/20 celebrations

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Here's the skinny on April 20 in Madison this year!

420 Festival 2013 headlines Madison 4/20 celebrations

Madison will be among pot-friendly cities hosting 420 celebrations this April 20. The Madison 420 Festival 2013 is being held at two downtown venues, the Brink Lounge and the High Noon Saloon and will feature three stages. Madison reggae favorites Natty Nation will headline the event at the High Noon Saloon.


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November 21, 2012

Madison NORML Examiner: Wisconsin Marijuana advocates planning State Capitol lobby day Jan. 16

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The folks at Wisconsin and Madison NORML are holding a Lobby Day and IMMLY is onboard as well!

Wisconsin Marijuana advocates planning State Capitol lobby day Jan. 16

State medical cannabis patients and activists are planning a Medical Cannabis Lobby Day on Wed. Jan. 16, 2013 at the State Capitol in Madison.

The Madison and Wisconsin chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), along with Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY), the Wisconsin medical cannabis advocacy group founded by medical cannabis bill namesake Jacki Rickert, are joining forces to bring advocates to Madison.

Continue reading: "Wisconsin Marijuana advocates planning State Capitol lobby day Jan. 16"

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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

Accreditation:

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

http://medicalcannabis.com/Clinical-Conferences/2012-tucson-az

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July 12, 2011

Harvest Fest 41 Planning Meeting Sunday July 17

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

For anyone interested in volunteering, performing, vending, sponsoring, etc. at Harvest 41 this Oct. 1-2, 2011, there will be a planning meeting Sunday. Details are below.

Planning Meeting: 41st Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Time: Sunday, July 17 · 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: EVP Coffee Shop 1250 E Washington Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125224257561513&ref=ts
Created By Wisconsin NORML

More Info: The Harvest Fest 41 planning committee is holding a meeting to continue planning HF41. If you are interested in volunteering a skill, sponsoring, vending, playing music, etc., please attend.

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June 14, 2011

"War On Drugs" 40th Anniversary protest in Madison Thursday 6/16

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Friday June 17 is the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's "war on drugs". On Thursday the 16th, a Madison event will mark this sad anniversary.

"War On Drugs" 40th Anniversary protest

Time: Thursday, June 16 · 9:00am - 11:00am

Location: Controlled Substances Board Meeting, WI Department of Regulation and Licensing 1400 East Washington Avenue (At Dickinson St.
Created by: Wisconsin NORML

What: Informational picket and protest to mark 40th anniversary of "War on Drugs" at Quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.

Where: WI Department of Regulation and Licensing, 1400 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703 Cross Street is Dickinson, this is the Washington Square office building on north side of East Washington.

When: Picket from 9-11 am on sidewalks outside, meeting starts at 9:30 am, Public Comment allowed at end.

Bring signs abut the drug war, prisons, marijuana prohibition, taxing and regulating cannabis, etc. Signmaking supplies available on site.

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" - a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, and has contributed to making America the world's largest incarcerator.

On Tuesday June 16, 2011, the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will note the 40th anniversary of the "War on Drugs" with an informational picket at the quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin State Controlled Substances Board. (Agenda: http://drl.wi.gov/meetings_doc.asp?thismeeting=2774)

President Nixon ignored the recommendations of his own handpicked panel on marijuana, the Shafer Commission and instead chose to go down the path of drug prohibition.

In 1975, the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board held public hearings on Wisconsin's marijuana laws at 8 state locations. The results were an astounding 92% supported legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis. This came at a time when there was little discussion or understanding of the medical properties.

Despite these findings, the Controlled Substances Board, like Nixon in 1971, ignored the results. Instead, the Board became the driving force behind maintaining and sustaining marijuana prohibition in Wisconsin through the intervening decades up until today. It was the Controlled Substances Board who turned back marijuana decriminalization legislation in the late 1970s it was the Controlled Substances Board who helped kill the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.

A long time figure in the Controlled Substances Board has been Dr. Darold Treffert, a Fox Valley psychiatrist who has served as chairman of the board off and on for several decades. According to their agenda, the board will honor Dr. Treffert: "E. Recognition of Darold Treffert, MD."

Wisconsin NORML would also like to recognize both Dr. Treffert as a drug warrior and the Controlled Substances Board as an agency that ignores its own findings while helping sustain unjust drug policies that have caused great harm to Wisconsin and its residents.

That a medical doctor would make a career out of keeping medical cannabis out of the hands of the state veterans, seniors, sick, disabled and dying that paid for his position and staff for decades is reprehensible. But this is why they were chosen as the location to mark this shameful anniversary in our nation's history.

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June 02, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Madison NORML's Third Annual Vigil for Victims of Medical Marijuana Prohibition is Tuesday June 7. Here's more:

June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition

MADISON: Medical cannabis supporters will gather next Tuesday at the King St. corner of the State Capitol to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition. This year will mark the third year for the vigil, which runs from 4-6pm. The vigil will feature tributes to patients who fell victim to medical cannabis prohibition as well as some tasty dobro playing by Mark Shanahan. Shanahan will begin the event by performing the Wisconsin medical cannabis anthem, "Legal Medicine Blues" at 4pm.

Continue reading on Examiner.com June 7 Capitol vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition - http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/june-7-capitol-vigil-to-remember-victims-of-medical-marijuana-prohibition#ixzz1OA0UK4Nf

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April 27, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: Saturday Madison Global Cannabis Freedom March spotlights failed war on pot

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This Saturday is the another Global Cannabis Freedom March in Madison. Read all about it below!

Madison NORML Examiner: Saturday Madison Global Cannabis Freedom March spotlights failed war on pot

MADISON: This Saturday the annual "Global Cannabis Freedom March" will bring Midwest cannabis legalization supporters to Madison to rally and march for an end to Marijuana Prohibition. Cannabis advocates plan to gather after 11 am on the Capitol Square at the Capitol's State St. steps for a rally before parading down State St. to the Mifflin St. Block Party at noon.

Continue reading Saturday Madison Global Cannabis Freedom March spotlights failed war on pot http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/madison-global-cannabis-freedom-march-shines-spotlight-on-failed-war-on-pot

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April 17, 2011

Madison NORML Examiner: 4/20 cannabis celebrations light up Madison and beyond

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Despite marijuana prohibition, Wisconsinites will still be celebrating the cannabis plant April 20. Here's a look at some Wisconsin events!

Madison NORML Examiner: 4/20 cannabis celebrations light up Madison and beyond

MADISON: While Spring officially arrived about a month ago, its attendance has been spotty, and the forecast for April 20 "4/20", the annual high holiday of cannabis, currently calls for temperatures in the 40s, with a slight chance of light rain in the afternoon. This is a far cry from the moderate temps and sunny skies of 4/20/2010 when more than a hundred 4/20 revelers ascended Bascom Hill on the UW-Madison campus for a 4:20 celebration.

Read full article: http://www.examiner.com/norml-in-madison/4-20-cannabis-celebrations-light-up-madison-and-beyond

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April 07, 2011

THIS SATURDAY IN MADISON: Medical Cannabis protest at WI Medical Society Annual Meeting

Posted by Gary Stoprck
Thursday, April 7, 2011

After the Wisconsin Medical Society helped lawmakers kill last session's medical cannabis bill, patients and their supporters protested at every day of the society's 2010 conference. This year, while they may not cover the entire event, medical cannabis patients will be back!

Medical Cannabis protest at WI Medical Society Annual Meeting


THIS SATURDAY IN MADISON: Medical Cannabis protest at WI Medical Society Annual Meeting


http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122994467777099

Saturday April 9, 2011
Time 12-3 pm
Location Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Wilson St. at MLK, Downtown Madison

Look for us out front between Wilson St. and the Monona Terrace Center itself, also on the bike path on the Lake Monona side of the building.

The Wisconsin State Medical Society (SMS) has been a thorn in the side of Wisconsin's medical cannabis movement for decades. While doctors in clinics often discuss cannabis with patients or even recommend patients use it, the SMS has been hostile to medical cannabis, providing testimony against at every hearing held by the WI State Legislature going back many years.

The face of the Society's compassion-free position has been Dr. Michael Miller. Dr. Miller made numerous misleading, incorrect and untrue statements during his Dec. 15, 2009 testimony for the combined Health Committee hearing on current legislation before the State Legislature AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA).

For four days in April 2010, medical cannabis patients and their supporters protested outside the SMS Fundraiser and Annual Meeting at Monona Terrace Convention Center in Downtown Madison.

This year, activists again plan to protest at the 2011 State Medical Society Conference, being held at Monona Terrace the weekend of April 7-10.

Please join us this Saturday afternoon as medical cannabis patients and supporters return for another peaceful informational picket at Monona Terrace. Activists plan to be there Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 12 noon to 3:00pm.

New research and clinical trials continue to demonstrate that medical cannabis is a safe and effective medicine whether smoked, vaporized, ingested in capsules, foods, tinctures, topical salves or other methods. It is unconscionable for a Medical Society to continue to oppose a proven safe and effective medicine used by mankind for millennia. Their position means the state's largest physician's group continues to support the current law that criminalizes Wisconsin medical cannabis and the patients who need it today - Seniors, Veterans, the Sick, Disabled and the Dying!


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May 09, 2010

Wisconsin NORML meeting/workshop in Tomah Sat. May 15

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, May 9, 2010

While the Wisconsin Legislature completed its regular session leaving the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act among unfinished business, the fight for medical cannabis in Wisconsin continues. Below are details of an event in Tomah on May 15.

Pass the JRMMA Activism Meeting
Type: Meetings - Informational Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Mr Ed's Tee Pee
Street: 812 Superior Avenue
City/Town: Tomah, WI

JRMMA.org, IMMLY and Wisconsin NORML present an activist meeting at Mr. Ed's Tee Pee, centrally located in downtown Tomah WI. The Tee Pee is owned by Ed Thompson.

Join Jacki Rickert, Ben Masel, Gary Storck and other Wisconsin medical cannabis activists as we plan the next phase in passing a Wisconsin medical cannabis law. While the time has run out this session for the JRMMA to pass, activists are working to create a campaign to place local advisory referendums on the ballot this November in cities and villages across Wisconsin. By working to get signatures to place these on the ballot this Spring, we can make medical cannabis a statewide issue in this fall's elections and help make sure the JRMMA is a priority when the new session begins.

Some estimated signature numbers for selected communities:

Lodi 180
Rio 40
Columbus 290
Mondovi 110
Whitewater 750
Ft. Atkinson 610
Mineral Point 120
Platteville 600
Ripon 420
Brandon 50
Altoona 360
Menominee 700
River Falls 685
Prescott 200
Park Falls 135
Baraboo 700
Trempeleau (village) 90
Waunakee 720
Beloit 1,500

At this meeting we will discuss the direct legislation process and provide step by step instructions and sample forms and other tools needed to get a referendum on your local ballot.

We'll also talk about other news and developments in medical cannabis.

Please join us May 15 and help move the JRMMA forward while meeting like-minded people from around the state. Be sure to try the Tee Pee's excellent food offerings.

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March 22, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: Is My Medicine Legal YET?: Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, March 22, 2010

Big week ahead! Madison NORML meeting Monday. Tuesday, Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, even more throughout the week, and JRMMA rallies at Wal-Marts across the state Saturday!

For immediate Release: Monday, March 22, 2010

Media Advisory
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Wisconsin NORML

Contact: Gary Storck (608) 301-5665

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion
12pm-1pm: Prayer for Compassion Ceremony
Wisconsin State Capitol
State St. Steps landing outside Capitol
Informational tabling, first floor rotunda, 1-3pm

Madison: When a friend or loved one is fighting illness, we pray for them. The collective consciousness of prayer can be a unifying and healing force for those struggling with a medical condition and the people who care about them.

Just as prayer can be a therapy in healing and dealing with chronic illness, so can medical cannabis. At the 8 hours plus Dec. 15 combined Health Committee Hearings at the Capitol for AN445/SB368 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, many patients testified how both cannabis and their faith got them through their personal ordeals.

With the JRMMA now needing the support of a majority of state legislators to become reality, it seems appropriate to call a Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion and ask state residents, who are far ahead of their elected representatives in supporting the JRMMA, to pray for passage of this bill.

This day is for whatever way you pray, meditate, seek guidance whatever. It is non denominational and interdenominational. You just need to focus your thoughts on compassion and the legislature listening to people's need for medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis is not a new idea in Wisconsin. It has been languishing the legislature for decades. The sick and dying, seniors, disabled and now veterans in shocking numbers, need this medicine. No medical marijuana bill has progressed as far as the JRMMA, and we cannot let this historic moment to pass without passing it and protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Please join us in for the Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 and at the Capitol from 12-1pm for the ceremony and 1-3pm for our tables and exhibits. The Prayer for Compassion Ceremony from 12-1 will include speakers including state and local clergy, medical cannabis patient/advocates and others.

More information: Is My Medicine Legal YET? IMMLY.org & JRMMA.org, Wisconsin NORML WINORML.org, MadisonNORML.org.

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March 05, 2010

Tuesday March 23: Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, March 5, 2010

Here is the latest event to help pass the JRMMA. Please join us, wherever you may be all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 and pray for compassion and the passage of the JRMMA.

Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion

When a friend or loved one is fighting illness, we pray for them. The collective consciousness of prayer can be a unifying and healing force for those struggling with a medical condition and the people who care about them.

Just as prayer can be a therapy in healing and dealing with chronic illness, so can medical cannabis. At the 8 hours plus Dec. 15 combined Health Committee Hearings at the Capitol for AN445/SB368 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, many patients testified how both cannabis and their faith got them through their personal ordeals.

With the JRMMA now needing the support of a majority of state legislators to become reality, it seems appropriate to call a Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion and ask state residents, who are far ahead of their elected representatives in supporting the JRMMA, to pray for passage of this bill.

Tuesday March 23 will be that day. We ask people of faith to go to their churches in advance and ask them to participate and announce this date to their members.

Medical cannabis is not a new idea in Wisconsin. It has been languishing the legislature for decades. The sick and dying, seniors, disabled and now veterans in shocking numbers, need this medicine. No medical marijuana bill has progressed as far as the JRMMA, and we cannot let this historic moment to pass without passing it and protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Please join us in for the Statewide Day of Prayer for Compassion, all day on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.


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February 06, 2010

Fox 11 Green Bay report on T.H.C. "Talking Hemp and Cannabis" expo in Berlin WI Feb 6, 2010.

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, February 6, 2010

The T.H.C. "Talking Hemp & Cannabis" expo drew dozens to the Berlin WI Public Library today. Below is a disappointing report from Fox11 in Green Bay, which had great footage of Jacki and me, but left most of it out in favor of some opponent with an illogical opposition to protecting the sick and dying from arrest and jail for treating themselves with a non-toxic plant.

Medical marijuana dispute

Updated: Saturday, 06 Feb 2010, 5:47 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 06 Feb 2010, 5:16 PM CST
(http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/medical-marijuana-debate)
* Kristin Crowley

Some area people are fighting to legalize medical marijuana.

Supporters of medical marijuana in Wisconsin are working to educate the public on its benefits. Some say it's a life saver.

“My doctor told me if you can't gain weight, if your body's not accepting the nutrients,” said Jacki Rickert. “He just looked at me and said you will die.”

Rickert founded the group "Is My Medicine Legal Yet?" or IMMLY. She said her body's inability to take on nutrients from food is helped with marijuana.

“This is medicine, we're talking about health care,” said Rickert.

In October, Wisconsin state senators introduced senate bill 368 to legalize medical marijuana. The people at a medical marijuana expo in Berlin are all for it, but not everyone in the area is.

“I think it opens up the floodgates to worse things, and I'm just, I'm not for it,” said resident Bill Brooks.

Some worry usage would get out of control, that it wouldn't be used for just treating the ill and that it could easily fall into the wrong hands.

“If it would pass, I'd be concerned about that. Like I said, it just opens up the gates for more things to happen,” said Brooks.

“People are already using it left and right,” said IMMLY member Gary Storck.

Storck said he relies on marijuana for his glaucoma and chronic pain. Since he can't obtain it legally, he must go through the black market, which he said is even more dangerous than just legalizing the drug.

“It makes it more expensive and it means that you might get cannabis of uncertain quality or it may be moldy,” said Storck.

The bill is in review, but there is no certainty when or if the bill will be voted on

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January 30, 2010

Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Below is my latest Madison NORML Examiner article, which you can also read with all photos and links here.

Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients

BERLIN: On Saturday, February 6, 2010, as the community rallies together in momentum for National Medical Marijuana Awareness Week, the Berlin Wisconsin Public Library will house supporters of hemp and medical marijuana as various organizations come together to put on an expo style event showcasing the cannabis plant, The T.H.C. Expo (Talking Hemp & Cannabis) will run from 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Berlin Public Library, located at 121 W. Park Ave., Berlin.

This region was once a leader in Wisconsin hemp cultivation. Today, the feral hemp plants growing along roadways or on old farmsteads are the only remnants of an era when farmers benefited greatly from hemp cultivation. Berlin's THC Expo will not only examine the history and potential future role of hemp in the local and state economy, but also delve deeply into the medical use of cannabis and current legislation before the Wisconsin Legislature regarding both medical cannabis and hemp.

Organizer Jay Selthofner promises the T.H.C. EXPO, will "openly and honestly discuss this misunderstood plant". In a recent interview, Selthofner told Madison NORML Examiner, "The driving force behind the expo is the community who supports hemp and medical marijuana, and the cost to bring this event together was donated by the people of the district."

Berlin is in the state legislative districts represented by State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and State Assembly Rep. Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan). As of this writing, neither lawmaker has yet taken a formal position on the bill, despite what local activists call "a ton of constituent letters, phone calls, emails, Capitol office visits, and in the case of Sen. Olsen, not one but two public listening sessions".

The Expo will also include representatives of organizations including Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (IMMLY), Wisconsin NORML, Madison NORML, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), MJ2 Media, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (WI-ACLU), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and Wisconsin Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access (WIVMMA).

IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert, namesake of the Wisconsin medical cannabis bill is expected to be in attendance along with state and regional activists including Gary Storck, Ben Masel, Teresa Shepherd, LEAP's James Gierach and others.

For more info: List of qualifying medical conditions included in the JRMMA. Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Hearing Recap & Action Alert. Report on Jan. 20 Mary Powers Memorial and JRMMA Lobby Day. For additional details on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, info on the Dec. 15, 2010 combined Health committee hearing, bill text and status, how to donate, all the latest news and how you can help, visit JRMMA.org, IMMLY.org or MadisonNORML.org. Visit my Madison NORML Examiner articles archive. Photos courtesy IMMLY/WI NORML and friends except where otherwise noted. Photo of Berlin Library courtesy Berlin Library http://www.berlinlibrary.org/. Photo of Rep. Ballweg courtesy WI State Legislature.

To read entire original article with links and photos: (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-30194-Madison-NORML-Examiner~y2010m1d29-Feb-6-THC-Expo-to-bring-Hemp-back-to-Berlin-WI)


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January 23, 2010

Smokin' Medical Cannabis Benefit at High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24!

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 23, 2010

IMMLY/Madison NORML is having a Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit Show Sunday Jan. 24, 2010. Here is a text version of my Madison NORML Examiner blog article about the event!

Smokin' Medical Cannabis Benefit at High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24!

MADISON: Sunday's Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act Benefit Show at the High Noon Saloon has taken on added urgency as supporters step up efforts to move the JRMMA as the legislative session progresses.

The grassroots effort behind the bill took a huge step forward with the Jan. 20 Memorial for Mary Powers and JRMMA Lobby Day at the Capitol.The moving tribute to the beloved late activist Mary Powers included Ojibwe singer Al Baker performing traditional music and drumming, Jacki Rickert and other activists speaking, as well as Rick Harris performing his song, the Wisconsin medical cannabis anthem inspired by Jacki, "Legal Medicine Blues" in the Wisconsin State Capitol for the first time. A webcast of the entire one-hour Memorial can be viewed here.

The benefit comes at a critical time. With the JRMMA still in committee in late January, state medical cannabis supporters are playing offense. Television ads are now in the works, and funds from the benefit will go towards having these broadcast as soon as they are ready. Please join us, if only long enough to drop off a donation to get this effort rolling strong!

The event runs from 3-7:30pm on Jan. 24 at the High Noon Saloon at 701 East Washington Avenue on Madison's East Side just a few blocks east of the State Capitol (at Blount St.). Local favorites Boo Bradley will kick off the festivities at 3:15. After a 4:20 Announcement/Speech break, Madison area musician David Sewell, often found playing outside the Willy St. Coop, will play a short solo set of acoustic country, bluegrass and delta blues music

Jacob Green from Milwaukee will also be performing his brand of outlaw-folk-rock from 5-6, and the Fox Valley rockers Ifdakar will headline and close out the event in the 6-7pm slot.

Full Schedule: 3:15-4:15: Boo Bradley 4:20: 4:20 announcement and a update on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act 4:30-5: David Sewell 5-6: Jacob Green 6-7: Ifdakar

Full Article including links:
(http://www.examiner.com/x-30194-Madison-NORML-Examiner~y2010m1d23-Smokin-Medical-Cannabis-Benefit-at-High-Noon-Saloon-Sunday-Jan-24)

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January 18, 2010

Three upcoming Events to Help Pass AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, January 18, 2010

The JRMMA needs your help, and the coming week offers a number of ways to help the JRMMA. There is an URGENT need now for more calls, letters and emails, and office visits! It is up to all of us to motivate ourselves and others to do whatever it takes to change the law and protect patients by passing the JRMMA.

Three upcoming Events to Help Pass AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

January 16, 2010

Looking for some ways to help out with the medical marijuana bill?

Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY), Wisconsin NORML and Madison NORML are organizing a lobby day in support of The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act on Wednesday, January 20, from 12-3pm at the WI State Capitol in the first floor rotunda. Those unable to come to Madison are requested to make calls to their legislators and ask others to do so. For more information, or to participate in this event, please visit here. http://www.immly.org/

On Sunday, January 24, from 3-7pm, Madison NORML is hosting a Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit Show at the High Noon Saloon on East Washington Ave. just east of the Capitol. A $4.20 donation gets you in the door and eligible for drawings for cool stuff. Four great Wisconsin artists: Boo Bradley, David Sewell, Jacob Green and Ifdakar will provide the music, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Ben Masel and others will speak, and there will be a NORML merchandise/information table.

On Tuesday, January 26, Gov. Jim Doyle will give his final State of the State address to Wisconsin legislators and the public. The Address will be given in the State Capitol's Assembly Chambers at 7pm on 1/26. Members of Madison NORML and IMMLY plan to have a presence at this event, and they are asking for your help.

Last October, Gov. Doyle publicly voiced his support for SB 368/SB 554: The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=14115736

Please take time today to thank the Governor for his past support, and ask him to urge lawmakers during his State of the State address to move expeditiously in favor of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

Tell him: "I believe it is unconscionable to criminalize patients who find therapeutic relief from medical marijuana. I urge you to ask your fellow lawmakers during the State of the State address to support the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act."

You can call or write Gov. Doyle here:

http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=59&locid=19

Thank you for supporting medical cannabis law reform efforts in Wisconsin.

Sincerely, The JRMMA Team

P.S. There is also a Madison NORML meeting Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at the Wil Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. at 7pm! Please join us!

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January 14, 2010

Capitol Memorial and Lobby Day to support WI MMJ bill

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Please attend our Lobby Day and Memorial for Mary Powers and other patients who ran out of time on Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Capitol Memorial and Lobby Day to support WI MMJ bill

MADISON: Wisconsin medical cannabis supporters, waiting anxiously as two health committees consider AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA), have another opportunity to help. The JRMMA is sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee).

On Wed. Jan. 20, 2010, Is My Medicine Legal YET?, Jacki Rickert's grassroots advocacy group leading the effort to pass the JRMMA, will be coordinating a two-part event at the Wisconsin State Capitol along with Madison NORML and Wisconsin NORML, as well as other groups.

The first, from 12-1pm in the first floor rotunda (one floor up), is a tribute to the late Mary Powers and other patients who ran out of time as well as a call for a change in legislative spirit as it pertains to compassion, the JRMMA and the Wisconsin way.

Following the ceremony, attendees will visit legislative offices to lobby for the JRMMA. Those who cannot attend in person are strongly urged to participate from afar by organizing local phone slams and enlisting as many supporters as possible to call their State Assemblyperson and State Senator. Look up who represents you here: Who Are My Legislators? Contact Lawmakers directly via the Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472 (M-F 8:15a-4:45p).

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January 09, 2010

Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit: High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24, 2010

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 8, 2010

Coming up quickly is this benefit for the JRMMA on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. We'll also be at the Capitol on Wed. Jan. 20, 2010, for a Memorial for Mary Powers and a JRMMA Lobby Day, and on Tues. Jan. 26, for a vigil outside Gov. Jim Doyle's final State of the State Address, scheduled for 7pm in the Assembly Chambers. We'll be there after 5:30pm. . Gov. Doyle is a supporter of the JRMMA.

Jacki Rickert MMJ Act benefit
Host: Madison NORML
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: High Noon Saloon
Street: 701 East Washington Avenue
City/Town: Madison, WI

This Bill, This Time!

Join Madison NORML, WI NORML and IMMLY for a medical cannabis benefit with Boo Bradley, Dave Sewell, Jacob Greene and Ifdakar at the High Noon Saloon!

In addition to Ifdakar headlining the event, Jacob Green from Milwaukee (myspace.com/jacobgreenius) will also be performing his brand of outlaw-folk-rock, as well as some other 'side show' entertainment! Boo Bradley leads off with their great sound!

In addition Madison area musician David Sewell (Willy St. Coop) will play a solo set of acoustic country, bluegrass and delta blues music between Ifdakar and Jacob Greene.

State activists including Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck and others will be speaking during breaks in music.

There will be an informational/vending table for Madison NORML/WI NORML/IMMLY.

Affordable suggested donation for entry.

Full Schedule:
3:15-4:15: Boo Bradley
4:20: 4:20 announcement and a update on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act
4:30-5: David Sewell
5-6: Jacob Greene
6-7: Ifdakar

Event Poster in color
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Event flier in color
Event flier in bw

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November 19, 2009

Dec. 15, 2009: Combined hearing for Jacki Rickert MMJ Act AB554/SB368

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, November 19, 2009

The date/time/location for the hearing has been set: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 10am in Room 412 East, State Capitol: Combined Senate/Assembly Health Committee Hearing on AB554/SB358, the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act (JRMMA)

There will be a combined public hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue and the Assembly Committee on Public Health on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10am in Room 412 East at the State Capitol.

Interested parties who attend the hearing may register in support of the JRMMA, submit written testimony, and/or testify in person. Arrive early to complete a hearing registration card. A tally will be made of those registering for and against. Written testimony will be made available to all members of both committees. Please dress respectfully of the situation, business casual or even a suit and tie or your best outfit.

Testifying in person: If you plan to testify personally, while there will likely be no time limits, testimony that is shorter and to the point holds legislators attention better. It may be helpful to prepare a brief statement that you can read in a few minutes. You can expand on your remarks in written form to include additional information.

Here's what our friend Jim Miller has to say: "I like to tell potential tesimonialists that if they plan on saying something that someone else could say, then probably someone else should say it. Stick to what is personal to you! When you say how marijuana helps you are saying something nobody else can. THAT is what committee members need to hear. Leave the policy wonk stuff to policy wonks. I hear that there will some in attendance."

How to Submit written Testimony: You may submit written testimony to Kelly.Johnson@legis.wisconsin.gov in State Sen. Jon Erpenbach's office. The mailing address is Room 8 South State Capitol P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707-7882. Sen. Erpenbach's office will make all submitted written testimony available to all members of both committees.

This does not mean each member will make the time to review all submissions. Concise and easy to read submissions with a narrow focus on your personal connection to the issue will likely get read more than long submissions that stray off topic into things like the total legalization of cannabis. Please stay on topic. The bill is not about marijuana legalization, but creating a narrow exemption for the sick and dying. Legalizing marijuana overall is not covered by the bill, and is not pertinent to this discussion.

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September 30, 2009

SAFER's Mason Tvert at MATC Truax Campus Thursday night

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In addition to speaking at other Harvest Fest events this weekend, SAFER's Mason Tvert will be discussing his new book at the Madison Area Technical College (MATC) Truax Campus this Thursday.

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Download flier

Thursday October 1st 7pm- 8:30pm in room 142 C
Madison Area Technical College 3550 Anderson St, Madison, WI - (608) 246-6100

Google Maps - http://maps.google.com/maps?q=matc%20truax%20&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

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August 25, 2009

Latest updated schedule: 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Here is the most recent updates for Harvest Fest weekend!

October 1-4, 2009 - Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Madison NORML presents
39th Annual Great Midwest
Marijuana Harvest Festival:

North Coast, Underwater Productions, & Madison Norml presents:

The 39th Annual Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Thursday 10/1

The Alchemy
1980 Atwood Av
608.204.7644
http://www.alchemycafe.net/

Featuring music by:
Insomniac Gypsy (bluegrass from the Fox Valley)
http://www.insomniacgypsy.com/

event starts at 9:30p
Free Admisssion / no cover charge

Friday 10/2

The Frequency
121 W. Main St.
608.819.8777
http://madisonfrequency.com/

7th Annual IMMLY benefit show
Featuring music by:
Brok’n Arrow (jam rock, experimental from the Fox Valley, WI)
http://www.myspace.com/broknarrow

Mark Shanahan’s Kirby Molar All Stars (blues folk rock Americana from Madison)

Food from Glass Nickel Pizza
Event time: 5:00 – 8:00p
Admission: suggested donation of $10
http://www.immly.org/

Saturday 10/3

Library Mall
11:30 – 12:15a Kronic Jones (reggae, roots rock from Madison/surrounding area) http://www.myspace.com/kronicjonesband
12:45 - 1:45p Adam Isaac & The People (funk, rock, soul from Madison, WI) http://www.myspace.com/adamisaacandthepeoplemusic
2:15 - 3: 15p Bill and Dan’s Excellent Adventure (rock ‘n roll from Eau Claire, WI)
3:45 - 4:45p Nama Rupa (reggae, dub from Madison, WI) http://www.myspace.com/namarupaband
5:15 - 6: 15p – Elf Lettuce (psychedelic jam rock from Madison, WI) http://www.elflettuce.com/

Also featuring speakers including NORML Daily Stash's Russ Belville, CMMNJ's Jim Miller, Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Mary Powers and more, vendors, food, admission FREE all ages.

High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Av
608.268.1122
http://high-noon.com/

Featuring Music by:
Natty Nation
http://www.nattynation.com/
Blue Island Tribe
Tropical Riddims Sound System

Event time: 9:30p
Admission: $10 cover, $8 in Advance
Ages: 18+

Sunday 10/4

Library Mall
1:15 - 2:15p The Dave Band (rock ‘n roll from Gays Mills, WI) http://www.thedaveband.com/
2:30 – 3:30p – Moon Boot Posse (rock, reggae, jam from LaCrosse, WI) http://www.myspace.com/moonbootposse

Parade: Library Mall to State Capitol
3:40p

State Capitol Steps
4:20 – 6p

Featuring Music by:
Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive jam rock from Madison, WI) http://www.baghdadscubareview.com/

Speakers:

http://www.immly.org
Jacki Rickert
http://www.myspace.com/ben_masel
Ben Masel
http://madisonnorml.org/blog/index.php
Gary Storck
http://cmmnj.org/
Jim Miller
http://stash.norml.org
Russ Bellville
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E83cNAYJ1ME
Mary Powers

more coming...

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August 10, 2009

Winning Harvest Fest logo contest entry!

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, August 10, 2009

Here is the winning entry!

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August 03, 2009

Recap: Madison NORML 5th Birthday Party at Escape!

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, August 3, 2009

Despite a few technical issues and Chalice in the Palace not showing up, Madison NORML's 5th birthday was a great night for those who attended. With music delayed we went to speakers first, hearing from Ben Masel, Mary Powers, Peter Steinberg, myself and Linda, who recently attended Oakstersdam U in Michigan and gave a report. Videos of most of the speeches are below.

Many thanks to Escape Coffee, Nama Rupa, and our volunteers who helped make this event so special!

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The excellent birthday cake! Thanks Julie!

Ben Masel kicks off the festivities!

Mary Powers: "I will not stop!"

Gary Storck exhorts attendees to get on the train to legal medical cannabis in WI!

Peter Steinberg says a few words:

Mary Powers' speech from a different angle.

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July 18, 2009

Madison NORML's 5th Anniversary Party is Sunday, August 2nd at Escape Coffee!

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, July 18, 2009

I was among a group of about 8 folks who gathered around a table on the Memorial Union Terrace on August 1, 2004 and decided at about 4:20 pm to form a Madison NORML chapter. Five years and over a hundred meetings and events later, Madison NORML continues to move forward.

Madison NORML's 5th Anniversary Party
celebrate 5 years of sticking up for Madison's cannabis consumers!

Join Madison NORML for a 5th anniversary party at Escape Coffee! There will be live music from Nama Rupa and other artists, speakers, NORML table and Birthday Cake! Free event, donations encouraged.

Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009
Time: 4:00am - 9:00am
Location: Escape Coffee
Street: 940 Williamson St.
City/Town: Madison, WI
Phone: 6083015665
Email: madison@winorml.org


RSVP to Event on Facebook! click here

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July 15, 2009

39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival schedule taking shape!

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival's schedule is coming together, with a special emphasis on passing Wisconsin medical cannabis legislation now in final drafting stages.

Harvest Fest entertainment director Erik Riedasch has been busy booking bands for this year's festival, scheduled for various downtown locations from Oct. 1-4. Bands playing this year include Baghdad Scuba Review, Nama Rupa, The Individuals, Adam Isaac & The People, Kronic Jones, Elf Lettuce and Natty Nation, with more TBA.

As far as speakers, some exciting names are already confirmed. New Jersey medical cannabis activist Jim Miller is returning to Harvest Fest following a 2-year absence. Joining Jim will be NORML’s Russ Belville, who does the NORML Daily Stash podcast. Additional speakers will be added. Wisconsin-based speakers will include Jacki Rickert, Ben Masel, myself, Mary Powers and others TBA.

News that Madison’s Cardinal Bar will not be closing after all means the annual IMMLY/WI NORML Friday evening medical cannabis benefit returns to the Cardinal for a 7th year! The festivities run at the usual 5-8 pm on Friday Oct. 2.

With associated events, this year’s fest will stretch over 4 days, from Thursday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, October 4. Sunday will feature the traditional parade up State St. and around Capitol Square. Jacki Rickert and other medical cannabis patients will lead the parade. On arrival at the State St. steps after circling the Square, a rally for the upcoming Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act will commence, featuring the above referenced speakers and more TBA, and live music.

Also, there is still time to enter your design in the Harvest Fest logo design contest! Click here . Deadline is August 10th.

Print your own fliers Download 4 to a sheet flier.

click here

Download 8.5 x 11 poster click here


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July 07, 2009

39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Festival first fliers

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Below are the first fliers for the 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival, scheduled for Oct. 1-4, 2009 at various locations in downtown Madison.

Download 4 to a sheet flier.

Download 8.5 x 11 poster.


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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 07, 2009

Tonight! Sunday June 7: Vigil for Medical Cannabis patients at WI State Capitol

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hope to see folks at tonight's vigil!

Tonight! Sunday June 7: Vigil for Medical Cannabis patients at WI State Capitol

Join IMMLY’s Jacki Rickert and Gary Storck, “Legal Medicine Blues” singer-songwriter Rick Harris click here, and others Sunday night to honor Cheryl Miller and all victims of medical cannabis prohibition!

On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY.org), will host a vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition, past and present, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The vigil will be held on the landing at the top of the State St. steps, just outside of the Capitol building, beginning around 8:00 pm and continuing past sunset. Candles with open flames are prohibited, but a limited number of battery-powered LED candles will be available to participants.

Attendees can gather before and after the event a block away at Michelangelo's Coffee House, 114 State St., Madison, WI 53703 (608) 251-5299. As the Capitol building is closed Sunday nights, Michelangelo's likely offers one of the nearest public rest rooms to the vigil site.

This "candlelight" vigil is one of several being held nationwide at this time on June 7 to remember medical cannabis patients, including the Statehouse in Trenton NJ.

For more information contact Gary Storck at 608-241-8922 or visit IMMLY.org or the IMMLY Vigil event page on Facebook: (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=80078284874).

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May 30, 2009

June 7 WI Capitol Medical Cannabis vigil start time pushed back

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, May 30, 2009

The start/end times for the Sunday, June 7, 2009, Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY.org), vigil at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison have been pushed back a half hour.

The vigil will be held on the landing at the top of the State St. steps, just outside of the Capitol building, from 8:00-10:00 pm. Candles with open flames are prohibited, but a limited number of battery-powered LED candles will be available to participants.

This "candlelight" vigil is one of three being held nationwide at this time on June 7 to remember medical cannabis patients, with others held at the Statehouse in Trenton NJ and the federal building in Peoria IL.

For more information contact Gary Storck at 608-241-8922 or visit IMMLY.org or the IMMLY Vigil event page on Facebook: click here.

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May 27, 2009

Vigil for Medical Cannabis patients at WI State Capitol June 7, other vigils in NJ & IL

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY.org), will host a vigil to remember victims of medical marijuana prohibition, past and present, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

The vigil will be held on the landing at the top of the State St. steps, just outside of the Capitol building, from 7:30-9:30 pm. Candles with open flames are prohibited, but a limited number of battery-powered LED candles will be available to participants.

This "candlelight" vigil is one of three being held nationwide at this time on June 7 to remember medical cannabis patients, with others held at the Statehouse in Trenton NJ and the federal building in Peoria IL.

For more information contact Gary Storck at 608-241-8922 or visit IMMLY.org or the IMMLY Vigil event page on Facebook: click here.

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May 26, 2009

Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival poster/shirt design contest!

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Madison NORML is having a contest for the design of this year's Harvest Fest poster/shirt design!

Madison NORML presents the 39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival poster/shirt design contest. Submit your entries by August 9th to contests@winorml.org.

Madison NORML will vote on the entries at their August 10th meeting and meets the Second and Fourth Monday of each month, except major holidays, at 7:00 p.m. at Escape Java's, at 940 Williamson St (behind La Rocca's) on Madison's East Side.

Madison's Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival began as a marijuana smoke-in in 1971. Now in its 39th year, Harvest Fest has a long history of promoting cannabis hemp legalization and free speech while providing an annual celebration for like minded people to join together.

Details:
13"x9" poster size 600dpi minimum/T-shirt design

Include:
39th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival
October 1-4, 2009
Madison, WI

Room for event details: Bands, speakers, and any other details will be added to final proofs/designs for T-shirts (back) and posters when finalized. No need for blank space, just somewhere for the text to go on the poster.

www.madisonhempfest.com

Winner must provide a 600dpi copy for printing. A compressed (jpg) version can be sent to contests@winorml.org for selection.

Contest winner will receive a framed poster on a special paper stock and a T-shirt with their design. Winner will also receive assorted NORML "schwag" including a Madison NORML shirt of their preferred size.

Disclaimer: All designs submitted become property of Madison NORML to be used for promoting said event. Any additions or modifications will be done with artists consent.

Questions can be sent to contests@winorml.org

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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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May 01, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009: Global Cannabis March: Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday. May 1, 2009

Happy May Day everyone, and don't forget the Global Marijuana March: Madison, this Saturday, May 2, beginning at noon at the State Street steps of the Capitol, proceeding to the Mifflin St. Block Party!

Global Cannabis March: Madison
Madison and over 257 other cities worldwide

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon
Gather at State St. steps of Wisconsin State Capitol, March to Mifflin St. Block Party

The Global Cannabis March returns to Madison after a several year absence. Join Wisconsin NORML, Madison NORML and MATC Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and other groups for this event. Gather at State St. steps of WI State Capitol at noon, march route TBA, concludes at Mifflin St. Block Party.

Facebook Event Page:
(http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656790912&ref=name#/event.php?eid=67650113261)

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April 17, 2009

Time change for cannabis talk at Saturday LPWI convention in WI Dells

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, April 17, 2009

Just wanted to let folks know that my talk on WI cannabis laws at the WI Libertarian Party Convention is now scheduled for 2:00-2:50 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Monk's at the Wilderness, WI Dells, WI. Further info LPWI.org.


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April 14, 2009

Madison NORML at the Wisconsin State Libertarian Convention this Saturday 4/18 in WI Dells

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just wanted to let folks know that I'm on the bill as a speaker at the Wisconsin Libertarian Party convention this Saturday, April 18, 2009, in WI Dells.

I'm scheduled for the 1:30-2:15 pm slot, and will be speaking about Wisconsin's cannabis laws as well as Q&A:

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Gary Storck Wisconsin's Marijuana Laws

Gary Storck is the head of the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). He has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years to get medical marijuana legislation passed in Wisconsin.

The full lineup is below:

Libertarian Party of Wisconsin

Common Sense for State Government

State Convention
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Monk's at the Wilderness, Wisconsin Dells

8:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. General Membership Meeting

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Speakers

12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Richard V. Campagna Libertarianism & Judicial
Realism
Richard Campagna is a multi-disciplinary professional with a long and distinguished record in public and community service. He is also an attorney and businessman, university instructor, and counselor. He was the official 2004 Libertarian Party Candidate for Vice President.

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Gary Storck Wisconsin's Marijuana Laws

Gary Storck is the head of the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). He has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years to get medical marijuana legislation passed in Wisconsin.

2:15 - 3:10 John Witte Education and the Market

John Witte is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
His research has focused on educational choice. He has written, The Market Approach to Education (2001) and his current research is on charter schools; his new longitudinal study of the Milwaukee voucher program is slated to go through 2011.

Break 3:10 - 3:30 p.m

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Gene German The Right To Bear Arms

Gene German is the founder of Wisconsin Patriots whose mission is to restore, exercise and preserve individual rights, including the right to be safe. He is also an AACFI Senior Firearms Instructor and his permit to carry training is certified by both the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification.

4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Ben Manski Bring the Guard Home Campaign

Ben Manski is the Executive Director of Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution as well as a Wisconsin attorney. He served as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States from 2001 through 2004. He was employed on the staffs of a number of environmental, social justice, pro-democracy, and education advocacy organizations throughout the 1990s.


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April 11, 2009

Madison NORML hosting Global Cannabis March Saturday May 2, 2009

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Madison NORML will be among about 250 cities worldwide participating in the Global Marijuana March click here.

Madison's march will begin at the State Street steps of the Capitol and end at the Mifflin St. Block Party. The exact march route is still TBA. Gather at the State St. steps beginning at noon!

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September 13, 2008

6th Annual IMMLY/Madison NORML Medical Cannabis Benefit to kick off 38th Annual Harvest Fest

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, September 13, 2008

Up until a few years ago, Madison's annual "Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival" was a one-day affair. Then in the last few years, it has not only expanded to two days, but a Friday night event was added to help kick off the festivities, the IMMLY/Madison NORML Medical Cannabis Benefit. Now in its 6th year, the benefit is adding an Awards segment for the first time.

6th Annual IMMLY/Madison NORML Medical Cannabis Benefit
1st Annual IMMLY Medical Cannabis Awards

Friday, October 3, 2008
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Cardinal Bar
418 E Wilson St.
Madison, WI

The IMMLY/Madison NORML Medical Cannabis Benefit is the opening celebration of the 38th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.

Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at the Sixth annual IMMLY/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit featuring the First Annual IMMLY Medical Cannabis Awards presented by IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert.

$10 suggested donation includes Glass Nickel pizza and blues/roots music from Mark Shanahan

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More Information:
Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org
Madison NORML www.madisonnorml.org
Facebook IMMLY Benefit Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=26316871660
Harvest Fest on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=22473707971&ref=mf
Harvest Fest on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/madisonhempfest

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September 02, 2008

Final Lineup: 38th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Here is the final musical lineup of Harvest Fest 38, and what a great group of arrtists we have this year! Big thanks to Harvest Fest musical director Erik Riedasch and all the bands and musicians who give their time to make Harvest Fest special year after year, decade after decade.

38th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

October 3,4 & 5, 2008
Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday October 5
2 pm: Gather at Library Mall.
2:00 - 3:30 pm: Concert with Ifdakar (jam rock from Appleton)
3:40 pm: Parade to State Capitol with Stink Tank and the Harvest Fest Sound System
4:20 pm: Rally and Concert at State St. steps of the Capitol with Special Dank Midnights (former members of Groovulous Glove and The Green Situation playing harvest fest themed songs).

Saturday October 4
12-6 pm: Library Mall
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Not On Mars (louder than jazz, smarter than rock)
1:30 - 2: 30 pm: Bu.r.p! (funk/jam rock trio)
3:00 - 4:15 pm: Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive thinking modern classic rock)
4:45 - 6: 00 pm: Reverend Eddie Danger (cosmic folk with a tribal twist of jazz)
Plus speakers, vendors, informational tables and displays and food carts.
Library Mall is at State and Lake Streets in downtown Madison adjacent to the UW-Madison Library and campus.

Friday October 3
5-8 pm Cardinal Bar
Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at the Sixth annual IMMLY/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit featuring the First Annual IMMLY awards.
$10 suggested donation includes food and blues/roots music from Mark Shanahan
Cardinal Bar 418 E Wilson St, in downtown Madison 53703.

HF 38 is sponsored by The Onion and Lakeside Press.

More info: www.myspace.com/madisonhempfest
www.MadisonNORML.org
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=22473707971&ref=mf


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July 27, 2008

38th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival: October 3, 4, 5, 2008

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, July 27, 2008

History will be made once again the first weekend of October when the 38th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival returns to Madison. Harvest Fest, now far into its foutrth decade, will once again celebrate the harvest and bring the Wisconsin and Midwest cannabis community together again.

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Marchers work their way up State St. in 2007 parade.

Here's the lineup so far:

38th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

October 3,4 & 5, 2008
Madison, Wisconsin

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Jacki Rickert speaks at the Capitol in 2007.

Sunday October 5
Gather at Library Mall 2 pm
Parade to State Capitol 3:40 pm
Rally and Concert with the Special Dank Midnights at State St. steps of the Capitol 4:20 pm with speakers including Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Gatewood Galbraith (KY) and more .

Saturday October 4
Library Mall from 12-6 pm
Live Music including Baghdad Scuba Review, BUrP, Rev. Eddie Danger and others TBA plus speakers including Ben Masel, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Gatewood Galbraith (KY) and more TBA, vendors, informational tables and displays and food carts.
Library Mall is at State and Lake Streets in downtown Madison adjacent to the UW-Madison Library and campus.

Friday October 3
Cardinal Bar 5-8pm
Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at the 6th annual IMMLY/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit.
donation includes food and blues/roots music from Mark Shanahan
Cardinal Bar 418 E Wilson St, in downtown Madison 53703.

More info: myspace.com/madisonhempfest or
MadisonNORML.org

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Event Flier: Download file


For vending info, contact Madison NORML via the contact link on the lower right of the home page of MadisonNORML.org.

Harvest Fest Sponsors include:

Lakeside Press
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March 02, 2008

Help send medical cannabis patients back to school!

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, March 02, 2008

Madison NORML and IMMLY are throwing a party to celebrate the impending return of Spring, as well as raise funds to help Jacki Rickert and other WI patients attend Patients Out of Time’s upcoming "Fifth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics" at the Asilomar Conference center in Pacific Grove CA click here.

This cutting-edge accredited conference on medical cannabis features international experts representing the latest research. In other words, exactly what Jacki and other WI patient-lobbyists need to impart to powerful opponents like Assembly Health and Healthcare Reform committee chair Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), whose blockade of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act looks even more foolish now that the second-largest physician group in the U.S., the American College of Family Physicians, recently came out in support of medical cannabis click here.

IMMLY/ Madison NORML Spring medical cannabis silent auction fundraiser

Thursday, March 13, 2008
7 - 11 pm
Glass Nickel Pizza (downstairs)
2916 Atwood Ave.
Madison WI 53704
*Free admission!

Join Is My Medicine Legal YET? and Madison NORML for a benefit featuring a silent auction, live music from the Special Dank Midnights, snacks and medical cannabis info. Cash bar available. Bid on many unique items including signed posters, pictures, art and books, along with gift certificates for goods and services from local businesses.

Many of the auction items may be viewed in advance online at immly.org or madisonnorml.org. Items are being added daily. Some items will be on ebay only with others available only at the event.

How you can help:

Become a sponsor of our event by making a donation of items, goods, services, funds or other assistance. All donors will be listed as sponsors, if desired. Monetary donations may be made at the event, through the PayPal link on Madison NORML's home page click here, by mail to Madison NORML PO Box 3132, Madison WI 53704-0132, payable to "Madison NORML patient travel fund".

Bid on auction items on Ebay or come to the Glass Nickel on March 13. Links to ebay items will be posted when they are online.

For more info: Call 241-8922 or visit immly.org or madisonnorml.org.

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January 17, 2008

State of State Patients Vigil at Jan. 23 State of the State Address @ Capitol

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, January 17, 2008

State medical cannabis supporters are not prepared to see Assembly Bill 550, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, go down without a fight. To that end, sick and dying Wisconsin patients and supporters will be making our way to the Capitol next Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, to hold a silent vigil outside the State of the State Address, per below...

State of the State Address medical cannabis vigil Wed. Jan. 23 @ Capitol after 5:30 pm

Dear Wisconsin medical cannabis supporters,

On Wednesday Jan. 23, 2008 at 7 pm, Governor Jim Doyle will be delivering his "State of the State" Address in the State Capitol's Assembly Chambers to the full legislature, most ranking state government officials and the press.

Beginning at 5:30 pm, medical marijuana activists and supporters will be holding a vigil outside the Assembly Chambers to dramatize the urgent need for legal access to medical cannabis for sick and dying Wisconsinites, and to call attention to Assembly Bill 550, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, currently stalled in committee. Through this vigil, patients hope to send state lawmakers and Gov. Doyle the message that the state of state patients is not good, and that AB 550 needs to be passed and signed this session, because patients need medical cannabis today, and many will not live until next session.

Please join Jacki Rickert, myself and other Wisconsin patients and supporters Wednesday evening at the Capitol. Small signs are allowed and will be provided.

Gary Storck
IMMLY, Madison/WI NORML


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November 07, 2007

LECTURE: Cannabis and Cannabinoids in 21st Century Medicine: Medical Marijuana in the Clinic

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Thanks to Dr. Bearman extending his stay several days, he is now scheduled to give a lecture at the UW-Madison Medical School on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the day before the hearing.

Download Event flier: Download file

LECTURE: Cannabis and Cannabinoids in 21st Century Medicine: Medical Marijuana in the Clinic

· Who: David Bearman M.D., Santa Barbara, California

· When: Tues., Nov. 13, 2007, 12:00-1:00 PM

· Where: Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center

Dr. David Bearman, a Santa Barbara, California physician and surgeon with Wisconsin roots, will be speaking at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health on Tues., Nov. 13. Dr. Bearman's presentation is entitled, "Cannabis and Cannabinoids in 21st Century Medicine: Medical Marijuana in the Clinic". Dr. Bearman will be speaking from 12:00-1:00 PM in room 1335 of the Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705.

Dr. Bearman is one of the leading physicians in the U.S. in the field of medical marijuana. He has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Bearman was a pioneer in the free and community clinic movement. His career includes public health, administrative medicine, primary care, pain management and cannabinology. He is on the Board of Advisors for the group Patients Out of Time [http://www.medicalcannabis.com/] and worked closely with them to present the Fourth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Santa Barbara, CA in April 2006.

Dr. Bearman is also scheduled to join two other medical marijuana experts testifying at a hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate Health and Human Services committee at 10:30 AM on Wed. Nov. 14 at the State Capitol Room 411 South. On Mon., Nov. 12 at 7:00 PM, Dr. Bearman will talk about medical marijuana and sign copies of his new book, "Demons, Discrimination and Dollars," at Escape Coffee, 916 Williamson St., on Madison's East Side.

Contact Information for David Bearman, M.D. 805-961-9988, 7394 Calle Real, Suite C Goleta, CA 93117, http://www.davidbearmanmd.com/.

For further information, contact 608-241-8922.


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November 06, 2007

WI State Senate Committee Hearing on medical marijuana to be held Wed. Nov. 14th

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It has been a long time, over 25 years, since any kind of hearing on medical marijuana was held in the State Senate. Next Wednesday, November 14, 2007, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach will hold a hearing on medical marijuana in the Senate Committee he chairs, “Health, Human Services, Insurance, and Job Creation.”

The hearing will not be on any specific piece of legislation, such as AB 550, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, but will be on the issue itself.

In comments published in the October issue of the Appleton monthly, The Scene, Sen. Erpenbach said this about the hearing:

“I think there are a lot of misperceptions out there about medical marijuana. This is the first time I’ve actually chaired the health committee, but I’ve always wanted to hold an informational meeting on it.”

“The whole idea is to get the idea out there. I think if we just introduced a bill without shining some light on it first, it would be a little more difficult to pass legislation.”

The hearing will feature three invited guests; George McMahon, who has received legal medical marijuana from the US government since 1990, Dr. David Bearman, a Rice Lake WI native and UW Alum who specializes in medical marijuana in his California practice, and Dr. Chris Fichtner, an Illinois psychiatrist and former head of Mental Health for the State of Illinois Dept. of Human Services.

Following their testimony, the public will be allowed to testify.

Link to Original Notice: click here

Senate

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance, and Job Creation

The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
10:30 AM
411 South
State Capitol

The Committee will hear testimony on the use of medical marijuana. The following individuals have been invited to speak: George McMahon- A legal medical marijuana recipient. Since 1990 Mr. McMahon has received a monthly prescription for medical marijuana from the federal government for the treatment of a rare, painful medical condition called Nail-Patella Syndrome. Dr. Christopher G. Fichtner, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry-University of Chicago, President of WellMindHealth, former Director of Mental Health for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Dr. David Bearman-California physician who operates a medical practice specific to medical marijuana patients.

Public Testimony will be allowed following the three invited speakers.

Senator Jon Erpenbach
Chair

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October 23, 2007

California physician, cannabinologist David Bearman MD to speak at Escape Coffee on Nov. 12

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The upcoming informational hearing on medical marijuana by the Wisconsin State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), on Nov. 14, will bring three leading experts on medical cannabis to Madison.

Two of the experts, 5th legal federal IND medical marijuana patient George McMahon and Dr. Chris Fichtner, a psychiatrist and former Director of Mental Health for the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services, will only be in Madison for the Nov. 14 hearing.

The third, California physician and surgeon David Bearman, a UW alum and Rice Lake native, will be spending a few extra days in Madison.

To take advantage of this opportunity, Madison NORML's next scheduled regular meeting will instead be a lecture by Dr. Bearman on California's 11-year old medical marijuana law and how cannabis figures in his medical practice in Santa Barbara CA. Dr. Bearman will also be discussing and signing copies of his new book, Demons, Discrimination and Dollars.

What: Lecture, Reception and Book Signing for David Bearman MD

When: Monday, November 12, 2007, 7:00 pm.

Where: Escape Java Joint & Art Gallery 916 Williamson Street Madison, WI 53703

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August 19, 2007

37th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival is just around the corner!

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, August 19, 2007

Summer's waning days in Madison means that Harvest Fest must be just around the corner. The 37th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival will be held the weekend of Fri-Sun October 5, 6 & 7, 2007. The schedule appears below!

Download Harvest Fest 37 event flier here.

37th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival Fri-Sun October 5, 6 & 7 Madison Wisconsin

Harvest Fest 37 is dedicated to Tod Mikuriya M.D. (1933-2007)

Sunday October 7
Library Mall
12:30 pm: Sloppy Joe (bluegrass, jamgrass)
Parade to Capitol 2pm
Music and Speakers on the State St. steps of the Capitol
Little Marsh Overflow (swamp funk)

Saturday October 6
Library Mall
12-6 pm

12:00 Logarhythm (rock)
1:00 Pistols at Dawn (surf rock)
2:00 Elf Lettuce (jam rock)
3:00 Tate and the 008 Band (blues)
4:00 Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive rock)
5:00 Nama Rupa (reggae, dub)

Between bands & speakers:
Special Dank Midnights (acoustic pot songs)

Plus vendors, informational tabling, likeminded people and more!

Library Mall is at State and Lake Streets in downtown Madison near the UW-Madison Library and campus.

Friday, October 5
Madison NORML presents the 5th Annual IMMLY medical cannabis Benefit
5-8 pm
Cardinal Bar
418 E. Wilson in downtown Madison.

More info: madisonnorml.org or http://www.myspace.com/madisonhempfest

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April 27, 2007

Global Marijuana March in Stevens Point on Saturday May 5

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, April 27, 2007

Because of the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival click here, the 37th annual scheduled for Oct. 6 & 7 this year, there has not been a lot of energy put into the Global Marijuana March, timed for the first weekend in May. This year, in fact, the ONLY Global Marijuana March in Wisconsin is happening up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, staged by the good folks of the BR Family click here.

When? Saturday May 5, 2007 at 2 p.m.
Where? Gather K-Mart parking lot on N. Division at Maria
Bandshell Festivities after the March @ Pfiffner Park featuring speakers and music!

More info: click here

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April 03, 2007

Two days to go until Ord. 23.20 Birthday Party at Escape Coffee!

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Just two days to go until Madison NORML’s Madison Ordinance 23.20 Birthday Party at Escape Coffee! Say what? For the uninitiated, Madison Ord. 23.20 is the second oldest municipal marijuana decriminalization ordinance still on the books in the U.S. It is also the oldest medical marijuana law on the books anywhere.

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So, it is fitting that the old girl finally gets a party, and the folks who helped make this happen three decades ago definitely deserve some acknowledgement for their efforts way back when cannabis freedom was in the air and legalization seemed just around the corner.

This unique event will take a look back at how, 30 years ago, Madisonians saw a pressing need for change and by the thousands, signed petitions to put the issue before voters, and won at the polls. The testament to that effort is Ord. 23.20, still on the books today providing some common sense around an issue that is too often the subject of hysteria. And although 23.20 has taken some lumps over the years, the recent “change in policy” by the Dane County DA to charge cases involving less than 25 grams as an ordinance violation is evidence that Madison voters were on the right track when they went to the polls 30 years ago and passed 23.20 by a 60/40 margin.

After a discussion, we’ll listen to the mellow sounds of the Special Dank Midnights, presenting some acoustic cannabis tunes, as we enjoy birthday cake and the delicious beverages served up by the good folks at Escape.

So come on down to Escape Coffee on Thursday night, April 5, 2007, at 7pm!

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March 19, 2007

Madison NORML to throw Ordinance 23.20 a Birthday Party on April 5th!

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, March 19, 2007

Thirty years ago this April 5, Madison voters passed Madison General Ordinance 23.20, click here the nation’s second oldest municipal cannabis decriminalization law. It also legalized medical use with a doctor’s note, making it the oldest medical marijuana law still in the books in the world.

23.20 factoid

On April 5, 1977, Madison voters passed Question 6, "Regulations concerning marijuana and cannabis," which became Madison General Ordinance 23.20, dealing with personal and medical use of cannabis, with over 60% of the vote.

FOR: 40,681 -- 60.6%
AGAINST: 26, 432 -- 39.4%
TOTAL: 67,113 -- 100 %

To both commemorate and celebrate this historic event, Madison NORML is planning an event that promises to be unique, educational and fun. A commemoration of the effort that went into passing Ord. 23.20 in April 1977 and its two sister advisory referendums in Nov. 1976 ballot. A celebration that it remains on the books today, a tribute to an era that while simpler, was much wiser when it came to cannabis. So, on Thursday, April 5, 2007, we’ll be throwing a party at the Escape Java Joint & Gallery at 916 Williamson St. on Madison’s near East side!

Hosted by Lee Rayburn, ex of the Mic 92, now with WillyStreetMedia.Com click here, the event will kick off at 7pm. We’ll start things off with a quick overview of how 23.20 and its companions got on the ballot and were passed, followed by a short community discussion. Then, we’ll celebrate with some cake and the music of the Special Dank Midnights, playing some acoustic cannabis tunes. SDM, composed of members of the late band, Groovulous Glove, will be making their debut. This is a free event, and we hope you’ll enjoy some of Escape’s fine beverages and snacks while you are enjoying the event.

Some of the major players from that time are unavailable, such as the late County Supervisor Dean Kaufler, who led the signature drives along with former Madison alder Roney Sorensen, who we have been unable to reach. Others, were invited but unable to attend, including former Police Chief David Couper, now an Episcopal priest, former State Rep. David Clarenbach, both who said they would attend "in spirit", and former Mayor Paul Soglin. We are hoping that other members of the community who lived in Madison during the 1970’s will attend and share their recollections of this historic time.

Here’s a link to the event flier Download file! See you at Escape on April 5th.

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February 09, 2007

Second Concert for Medical Cannabis to rock Tripp Commons this Sunday Feb. 11th

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, February 9, 2007

Tripp Commons in the UW-Madison Memorial Union will once again be the location of the Concert for Medical Cannabis, this Sunday Feb. 11, from 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm. The event is presented by Students for Sensible Drug Policy UW Madison (SSDP) in association with Madison NORML.

The musical lineup is as follows (in order of appearance)

* Disliking Silence (rock)
* Digital Dose (electronic)
* Hanah Jon Taylor (jazz)
* Elf Lettuce (jam rock)
* Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive rock)
* Nama Rupa (reggae, rock)

Many thanks to these artists for donating their time and services for this worthy event!

In addition, the event will feature several speakers, medical cannabis informational tabling, videos and vending. Madison NORML's Madsterdam Fair Trade Coffee from Just Coffee will also be available for purchase as well as Madison NORML t-shirts and other merchandise. Chair massages will be offered for a donation.

Please join us Sunday in Tripp Commons, Memorial Union 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI 53706. Free admission.

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January 24, 2007

Second Annual Concert for Medical Cannabis Sunday Feb. 11th in Madison

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

On Sunday, February 11, 2007, from 4-11:30pm, Students for Sensible Drug Policy UW Madison (SSDP) and Madison NORML are presenting our second free concert for medical cannabis.

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Download event flier

The event features six bands: Disliking Silence (rock), Hanah Jon Taylor (jazz), Elf Lettuce (jam rock), Baghdad Scuba Review (progressive rock) and Nama Rupa (reggae, rock).

In addition there will be videos, speakers, medical cannabis informational tabling and more.

This all happens Sunday, February 11, 2007, from 4-11:30pm in Tripp Commons, Memorial Union 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI 53706. Free admission!

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August 12, 2006

36th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival dates are October 7 & 8, 2006

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, August 12, 2006

Harvest Fest weekend is less than 8 weeks off now.

The dates for this year's event are Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8. Now well into its 4th decade, Harvest Fest continues to educate, inspire and entertain while bringing freedom loving folk together.

On Friday October 6, from 5-8 pm, the 4th annual Is My Medicine Legal YET?/Madison NORML medical cannabis benefit at the Cardinal Bar in downtown Madison kicks off the weekend.

Saturday on the Library Mall, Harvest Fest begins at noon with over 6 hours of great live music, speakers, informational displays, vendors and more. On Sunday, we parade from the Library Mall to the State Street steps of the Capitol to rally against cannabis prohibition, listen to speakers and dance to the music of Little Marsh Overflow, one of Madison's finest bands.

For more information, visit the Madison NORML home page click here or visit the Madison HempFest page on MySpace click here.

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May 06, 2006

Global Marijuana March in Madison recap

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, May 06, 2006

Madison WI -- Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's set the stage for a small but energetic Global Marijuana March in Madison WI today. Attendees mingled with Farmer's Market crowds at the State Street steps of the Capitol holding GMM posters and some signs. A little after 12:30 about two dozen marchers headed down State St., calling out pro-pot chants and clapping. Bemused observers at cafes and passersby gave signs of support and a couple joined the march. Marchers exited State at Gilman and headed to an undisclosed location for a short post-march medication and celebration.

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May 04, 2006

Global Marijuana March in Madison and 200 Cities Worldwide May 6

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, May 4, 2006

This Saturday, May 6, 2006 supporters of cannabis freedom will gather and march in over 200 cities worldwide.

In Madison, gather at the State Street steps of Capitol at 11 am, March at noon. Download March flier here click here.

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January 12, 2006

NORML 2006 Conference in San Francisco April 20-22, 2006

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, January 12, 2006

There is nothing quite like a national NORML Confeence and I have been fortunate enough to attend the last five.

Two, 2001 and 2004, were in Washington D.C., with the remaining three in San Francisco, the most cannabis-friendly city in the United States. As a former full-time resident of San Francisco and Berkeley, news that the 2006 conference is once again in San Francisco means I have good reason to visit my home away from home again soon.

Not only does the conference allow one to hear from and meet some of the world's top expert on cannabis, but all the delights of San Francisco are just a short walk, cab, bus or BART ride away. You can easily check out the Haight Ashbury, North Beach, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and at night, hear live music at venues like the Fillmore. Your sightseeing might even take you past one of the City's 35 or so medical cannabis dispensaries, serving California patients.

If you have never been to San Francisco before, or a NORML Conference before, why not have your 420 celebration in the City by the Bay this year?

Below is info from NORML about this year's conference:

From NORML.ORG:

NORML 2006 Conference Announcement

Dear NORML Supporters:

Please mark your calendar for April 20-22, 2006!

Why?

These are the dates for NORML's 2006 annual conference in the great city of San Francisco, California at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway.

This is the only pro-marijuana law reform conference in America so our discounted hotel rooms sell out early. Last year more than 550 like-minded NORML supporters came together for the organization's 34th national conference. This is your opportunity to join the oldest and most important of all drug policy reform conferences.

To secure your place at this year's sure-to-be sellout national NORML conference in San Francisco, the epicenter of cannabis culture in America, please reserve your hotel room as soon as possible at: click here

Conference and NORML social activity registrations will begin soon but discounted hotel room space is limited so please reserve your hotel room now.

Next, please let us know who would you like to hear speak or perform at the 2006 NORML conference? What topics or panel discussions relating to marijuana or marijuana law reform interest you? Your input is important! You can email your input to media@norml.org

2006 is going to be a very exciting year in which we will see some terrific gains for marijuana law reform. To this end, please plan to join us in San Francisco, April 20-22.

With warm regards and, as always, thanks for all your support,

-Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director
Member, Board of Directors
NORML/NORML Foundation
Washington, DC
director@norml.org

NORML and the NORML Foundation: 1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC, 20006-2832
Tel: (202) 483-5500 . Fax: (202) 483-0057 . Email: norml@norml.org

Posted by Gary at 03:05 PM | Comments (0)

July 05, 2005

35th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival in Madison, Saturday & Sunday October 1-2!

Posted by Gary Storck
July 5, 2005
UPDATED September 6, 2005

"right-click" here to download Harvest Fest and save flier in PDF.

Kick off Harvest Fest weekend at Is My Medicine Legal YET? & Madison NORML's 3rd Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Friday, September 30, 2005 5-8 PM at the Cardinal Bar 418 E. Wilson St. Madison. $10 donation Includes food. Read more click here

For further information call 608.241.8922 or visit www.immly.org or www.madisonnorml.org.

35th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

Saturday & Sunday October 1-2,
Library Mall, Madison WI

12-6 Saturday
2-6 Sunday

Guests to include:

Keith Stroup, Founder and former Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), http://www.norml.org

Jim Miller
New Jersey medical cannabis activist
surviving spouse of Cheryl Miller
Cherylheart Project
http://www.cherylheart.org

Dr. Tod Mikuriya
"one of the world's foremost authorities on the uses of medical cannabis"
http://www.mikuriya.com/

Jacki Rickert
Wisconsin patient-activist
Founder, Is My Medicine Legal YET?
http://www.immly.org

Ben Masel
wearer of many hats
www.weedstock.com

Gary Storck
writer, medical cannabis patient-activist
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
http://www.immly.org

Chris Conrad
"A quick-witted, internationally known expert on the history, medical, social, economic and ecological aspects of Cannabis hemp, Chris Conrad is author of four groundbreaking books. He advocates full restoration of industrial hemp, medical marijuana with a doctor's supervision, and setting a legal age of consent for marijuana use by responsible adults in a regulated market."
http://www.chrisconrad.com

Mikki Norris
A longtime activist, Mikki helped create the very moving Human Rights and the Drug War exhibit with her husband Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner in 1995. The exhibit has been on display at past Harvest Fests. Mikki also worked on Prop 215 campasign in 1996, and was a major force in the passage of Measure Z in Oakland CA in 2005. Mikki is currently working on advancing the equal rights / "Pot Pride"/ Cannabis Consumers Campaign concept, helping former drug war POW Will Foster with his "Adopt a Green Prisoner" project, and documenting patient harassment in California.
http://www.equalrights4all.org/mikki/mikki_home.htm

More speakers TBA.

Join us for live music, speakers, vendors both days and march to the Capitol Sunday Oct. 2!

Posted by Gary at 09:11 PM | Comments (0)

March 03, 2005

Madison NORML Benefit Thursday March 24, 2005 at Cafe Montmarte

The Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is holding a benefit at Café Montmarte Thursday March 24, 2005, from 7pm-midnight. Please join us for a night of great music to help Madison NORML work to end marijuana prohibition.

Madison NORML Benefit March 24 @ Cafe Montnarte


What: Benefit for Madison NORML www.madisonnorml.org
When: Thursday March 24, 2005 7pm, Music starts at 8
Where: Café Montmarte 127 East Mifflin Street in Madison, Wisconsin, 53703.
Phone: 608.255.5900
Featuring music by Minglewood and little marsh overflow
Tickets $5 advance/$7 door
Contact: Gary Storck 608.241.8922 madisonnorml@madisonnorml.org

Posted by Gary at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)