Adult use cannabis sales begin Jan. 1, 2020 in Illinois
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Wisconsin State Journal: Legal pot may reduce drunken driving -- Gary Storck

December 31, 2019 - The Wisconsin State Journal published my letter to the editor about adult use cannabis becoming legal in Illinois in their print edition just in time for the beginning of legal adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois Jan. 1, 2020. 28 stores will be open Jan. 1 with the majority in the greater Chicago area. With the small number of stores and existing shortages in the state's medical dispensaries,...

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Capital Times: Gary Storck: GOP stonewalling on medical marijuana is a cruel exercise

December 27, 2019 - Below is a letter I wrote that was published by the Capital Times on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.   Gary Storck: GOP stonewalling on medical marijuana is a cruel exercise Dear Editor: Despite his repeated claims of support for legalizing medical cannabis, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos seems to be channeling his inner Leah Vukmir in stating he fears holding a public hearing on the highly popular issue as...

History

Dec. 15, 2019 marks 10th anniversary of historic 2009 combined health committee hearing on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

December 14, 2019 - Dec. 15, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Dec. 15, 2009 combined health committee hearing on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA).   In Nov. 2008, Democrats swept into power in Wisconsin, gaining control of both houses of the state legislature with incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle already holding down the executive branch since 2003. Then-Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon...

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Rep. Felzkowski, Senator Bernier Introduce GOP-sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill

December 11, 2019 - Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) released a bill this morning that would create a medical cannabis program in Wisconsin. The bill, long in the drafting process, is the first Republican-sponsored medical marijuana bill introduced into the Wisconsin legislature since 2005. According to the Legislative Reference Bureau analyis of the bill, " Medical marijuana...

Breaking News

RIP George McMahon, Third Remaining Federal Medical Marijuana Patient

December 1, 2019 - Federal medical marijuana/Compassionate IND patient George McMahon passed away Saturday Nov. 30, according to a report on Facebook quoting a family member. On March 16, 1990, George became the fifth patient admitted to the IND program. Jacki Rickert was approved in December 1990. Interestingly enough, had I been able to locate a doctor willing to deal with the bureaucratic hurdles, I might have...

Press Releases

RELEASE: New book explores history of marijuana prohibition in Wisconsin

November 19, 2019 - For Immediate Release:Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Contact: Gary StorckCannabadger Mediawww.cannabadgermedia.comwww. cannabadger.comcannabadgermedia@gmail.com608-395-1958 NEW BOOK EXPLORES HISTORY OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IN WISCONSIN The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin, is a groundbreaking book from longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient/activist Gary Storck. In the book,...

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Robin Vos says medical cannabis should only be available in pill form

October 29, 2019 - In an interview with Channel3000, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he will not support a bill allowing patients to cultivate medical cannabis, "It shouldn't be smoked. It should be taken in pill form. It shouldn't even be edible so a child could get at it." Asked what conditions his plan would cover, Vos cited terminal cancer, Crohn's disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other diagnoses that involve...

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Bipartisan Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Bill Referred to Senate Committee Chaired by Opponent

October 18, 2019 - Bipartisan medical cannabis legislation authored by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D- West Point), Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) today received a senate bill number, SB507 and was referred to the senate committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection. The referral to a committee other than the Senate Health committee, where previous bills were...

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47 years as a medical cannabis patient Oct. 3

October 3, 2019 - Today, Wednesday, October 3, 2019 is a special date for me, marking the 47th "cannaversary" of the first time I smoked cannabis before visiting my ophthalmologist for a glaucoma checkup and discovering cannabis had the potential to save my sight from a lifetime of glaucoma. October 3, 1972 was a pleasant early fall day. The weather history says the high for the day was 63 with southerly winds...

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Sen. Erpenbach, Rep. Taylor, and Sen. Testin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin

September 20, 2019 - Bipartisan medical cannabis legislation from Senators Erpenbach and Testin and Rep. Chris Taylor has been introduced today, per a press release from the three lawmakers. Originally, Rep. Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) was also part of the coalition but dropped out and will be releasing her own bill. Testin, who chairs the Senate Health committee, seems likely to potentially hold public hearings...

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