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    2Wierd2Live2Rare2Die RaoulDuke420's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Progress/Updates & What have you.

    Was debatting putting this into the post puff & huff started, but figured since his had dead line in the title & it's a date that has already passed, it might make it so some people pass over it & miss out on reading//contributing, so I started a new thread.


    "MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Jim Doyle says he supports legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin if a law can be written that restricts its use to people who have a doctor's prescription.

    At an appearance in Wausau, Doyle says he has no problem with the use of marijuana to treat severe pain and other medical conditions, if it's prescribed by a doctor.

    Doyle's comments come after a decision by the Obama administration not to prosecute users and suppliers of medical marijuana in the 14 states where it's been legalized. The decision is a clear break from the policies of the Bush administration.

    The governor says restricting the use of medical marijuana makes no sense when doctors can already prescribe more dangerous drugs like morphine. "

    "There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there is nothing left to do, and nothing else to pursue." ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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    whats next copied from somewhere dont know where but hope it helps....
    How I understand it:

    The bill closed for co-sponsors today. There will be a press conference to introduce the bill with an actual bill number and to name the co-sponsors. The bill only currently has a Legislative Reference Bureau number (LRB2517). We have support from some surprising folks. It has enough support to get a chance at a vote, if people keep pushing until it does pass.

    After the press conference, it will go to the Assembly speaker to be assigned to a committee. I don't know which. This is where bills have stalled in the past. When we know, we will have to get in touch with those legislators.

    Sponsor Rep. Mark Pocan is on the Joint Finance committee so has a bit of political clout, but he is also the most liberal of the Assembly probably, so some Republicans may be turned off on that fact. Jon Erpenbach sponsored the bill in the Senate. There is probably more support in the Senate than the Assembly. However, with the new Department of Justice policy towards medical marijuana http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/192 there should be quite a bit of support on this regardless. If people keep calling and letting their legislators know the importance of this bill, it will bubble to the top.

    If it makes it out of these committees, it goes to the floor for a vote. They are only in session a couple of more times before it's over. March is the deadline for the bill to get a vote. I'm unsure how to extend that period, but let's just get it done by then. If it passes the floor it goes to the Governor's desk.

    Governor Doyle thinks medical marijuana restrictions are senseless Doyle: Medical marijuana restrictions senseless - WKBT La Crosse, WI-NewsChannel 8- so we have that going for us.

    We still need them to put a focus on actually getting around to talking about the bill in committes and voting for the bill. We still need everyone's support in calling, e-mailing, lobbying, writing letters to the editor, asking that your local stations cover the story. It's easy to do and it doesn't take long to make a little effort like these, and it goes a long way.
    much respect....billygoat...

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    Thanks for the heads up BG! Will b sending Doyle some e-mails soon.

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    Was looking around and found this dated 12-1, so it seems like its getting some coverage but not a ton...http://www.420magazine.com/forums/in...ot-period.html

    Momentum is building to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin. State Rep. Mark Pocan, a Madison Democrat, and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, a Waunakee Democrat, have authored a bill that would make it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana as a pain reliever for various injuries or illnesses. Gov. Jim Doyle has said he would sign the bill into law.

    The time for Wisconsin to become the 15th state to allow patients to use pot to make their lives a bit more comfortable is long past due. My own father, who was suffering mightily from the pains of pancreatic cancer, found some relief from marijuana I was able to illegally purchase for him in the last weeks of his life.

    That was more than 30 years ago and politicians still balk at allowing sick people the relief that marijuana can provide some of them. The Bush administration had a policy to arrest and prosecute folks using medical marijuana even in the states that have legalized it. Fortunately, the Obama administration has said it will cease doing that.

    Madison's Gary Storck, who has been pushing for decades to get the Legislature to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, put it bluntly the other day: "We're not criminals, we're just trying to get on with our lives."

    Storck says he has been using marijuana since 1972 to treat his glaucoma and arthritis.

    In the latest edition of the Hightower Lowdown, editor Jim Hightower, the Texas gadfly, proclaimed that America's drug war is doing far more harm than marijuana itself ever will. He suggests that the nation would be better off legalizing all marijuana use.

    Hightower insists that even the most conservative estimates say the outlay from taxpayers now tops $10 billion a year in direct spending just to catch, prosecute and incarcerate marijuana users and sellers. And that doesn't include the costs of militarizing the border with Mexico to stop pot imports. Even the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this year asked deer hunters to look for pot growing in the woods so, presumably, wardens could go out and nab some farmers.

    Some 41,000 Americans are in federal or state prisons right now on marijuana charges and that doesn't count the thousands more in city and county jails.

    Plus thousands of law enforcement people are diverted from serious crimes to pursue someone smoking pot. That includes agents from the FBI, the Secret Service, Customs, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Yet Congress refuses to change the long-outdated laws that cover the use of marijuana.

    Hopefully, the Wisconsin Legislature will act quickly to legalize medical marijuana at the very least. Meanwhile the time has come for Congress to end the war on pot - period. We've got far better uses for all the money and resources.

    Source: Capital Times, The (WI)
    Column: Plain Talk
    Copyright: 2009 The Capital Times
    Contact: tctvoice@madison.com
    Website: Cap Times
    Author: Dave Zweifel

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    in case your curious heres a link to the jakie rickert mmj act site... its got links to the exact wording of the senate and assembly bill and is updated with new info regarding the bills progress regularly. also has links to who your senate and assembly people are and there info so you can get involved and contact them which you should do!!! all in all its pretty informative and should be checked out by all the wisco peeps.... this affects you ..GET INVOLVED!!!!!


    heres some of the more important info there

    Smell the Victory
    Mary Powers says of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, "It's going to happen", on Senate Chamber visit, Oct. 7, 2009.

    What supporters can do:

    Passing the JRMMA is a grass roots effort. Please continue to contact your Wisconsin State Assembly Representatives and State Senators and ask that they vote for the JRMMA if it is assigned to their committee, and when it gets a floor vote.

    WRITE: Send pre-written, editable letter to Legislators:
    or http://bit.ly/JRMMA

    Call, Call, Call: Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472 (Mon-Friday 8am-4:30pm).
    Who Are My Legislators? http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx lets you look up your legislator's phone numbers, mailing and email addresses to easily get in touch!
    much respect....billygoat...

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    letter sent, e-mail sent, phone call will be made when I start my vacation wednesday.

    c'mon wisconsin lets get lucky!!!
    "There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there is nothing left to do, and nothing else to pursue." ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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    Medical Marijuana Lobby Day & Memorial for Patients: January 20, 2010
    There will be a memorial tribute at the State Capitol on Jan. 20th for Mary Powers and other patients who ran out of time before the law could be changed to protect them.

    The memorial will be immediately followed by a Medical Cannabis Lobby Day for AB554/SB368 the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. Those who cannot make it to the Capitol are asked to call in as well as recruit others to make legislators phones ring all day with calls of support for the JRMMA.

    The program runs from 12-1pm in the second floor rotunda and will feature Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck and other advocates along with singer-songwriter Rick Harris doing a solo acoustic version of his song, "Legal Medicine Blues". Visit your State Assembly Representative and State Senator after the program.

    Please come to the Capitol and help pass the Jacki Rickert MMJ act Wed. Jan 20th!

    Medical Marijuana Lobby Day & Memorial for Patients
    Host: Is My Medicine Legal YET?
    Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: State Capitol rotunda, second floor.

    Memorial program and lobbying for Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

    Below you will find a recap of the Dec. 15, 2009 combined committee hearing as well as an action alert on how to help pass the JRMMA. As always, visit JRMMA.org for the latest news and information.

    MADISON: Support from hearing attendees was overwhelming, and media interest high, for the Dec. 15 combined committee hearing on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. The JRMMA, Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368), is sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee). A sampling of coverage is linked from JRMMA.org. The entire 8 hour hearing can be viewed online on Wisconsin Eye.

    Those arriving close to the hearings start time found the large hearing room standing room only, with attendees crowding hallways leading in to the hearing room.

    The final tally for the day was 57 who attended registered in support, with only one registered against. 48 people testified in support, with only 5 against. Those five were Dr. Michael Miller, State Medical Society, Kevin St. John, Wisconsin DOJ on behalf of AG Van Hollen, Charles Wood, Wisconsin Narcotics Officer Association, Robert Block, State of Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board and the fifth was a private citizen.

    While media focused on negative comments from Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), The Medical Society's Dr. Michael Miller and other naysayers, eloquent testimony was heard from patient after patient who stayed long after the reporters left. It was a testimony itself to the toughness of this room of survivors that they came out on such a cold day and waited in pain long hours to testify. These stories of courage in the face of great adversity are emblematic of the Wisconsin spirit.

    What comes next?

    The two committees, the Assembly Committee on Public Health and the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue must now deliberate and vote on the bills. Only when the bills are voted out of committee will the JRMMA move to the floor of each chamber, the Assembly and the Senate, for a floor vote.

    What you can do:

    Please call your representative and senator. If they already are sponsors or co-sponsors, please thank them. If they aren't, let them know you are disappointed and ask them to support compassionate medical marijuana policy. If you live in the district of any committee members, please contact them and ask that they vote for the JRMMA when the committee votes on the bill sometime after the holidays. Please contact IMMLY at immly@immly.org with any information on your contact with the legislator. We need to develop a network of calls and contacts to make sure legislators support this bill. We need to know who says they support it and who is against. Let us know about fence-sitters who may just need more info. This goes for both committee members as well as all lawmakers. If they are against, ask for reasons why. If you can provide any info on a lawmakers position whatsoever, please let IMMLY know at immly@immly.org

    Here is a list of the committees and members:

    Health Committees and Members from combined public hearing on JRMMA on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 who must now debate JRMMA and vote on it in committee:

    Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue

    Senator Jon Erpenbach (Chair)

    Senator Tim Carpenter (Vice-Chair)

    Senator Judith Robson

    Senator Julie Lassa

    Senator Mary Lazich

    Senator Ted Kanavas

    Senator Alberta Darling

    Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Public Health

    Representative Chuck Benedict (Chair)

    Representative Sandy Pasch (Vice-Chair)

    Representative Kristen Dexter

    Representative Penny Bernard Schaber

    Representative Patricia Strachota

    Representative Leah Vukmir

    Representative Scott Newcomer

    Send pre-written letter to Legislators: http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=14115736
    much respect....billygoat...

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    I just joined Toke City, but I plan on updating this site with updates as often as I can.

    In the mean time, please have a look at http://www.examiner.com/x-30194-Madison-NORML-Examiner - all sorts of news updates, history, links for reference, etc...

    Also, check us out on Myspace.com/madisonhempfest (blog) and twitter.com/MadisonNORML

    We just completed an event called the THC Tour (Talking Hemp and Cannabis Tour) at Wisconsin Rapids. Next stop, Appleton!

    Here is some media from that event:
















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    Also posted on marijuana.com

    things are really looking up at this time. Might even be able to use other concessions rather than agree to Sen. Carpenter's amendment, which proposed no personal cultivation.

    We need people in Sen. Julie Lassa's district (WI Rapids, Stevens Point + more! Map: http://www.legis.state.wi.us//Senate/sen24/Sdist24.pdf) Julie Lassa, Wisconsin State Senator: District 24 to contact her. In talking with the legislators, the constituents are going to be the only ones who hold any weight with their opinion at this time. She hears support, but wants more educational material from the health care angle.

    Sen.Tim Carpenter

    State Senator Tim Carpenter Home Page could use some other suggestions than removing personal cultivation. How about allow a patient to grow up to 12 personal and the rest be at a dispensary, removing the caregiver language? It's a compromise, but right now it's compromise or don't get this bill passed.

    Sen. Alberta Darling Alberta Darling, Wisconsin State Senator

    Sen. Darling needs people to call, call, call in support of this. Please be a constituent. She just needs the volume. Ensure that she knows if she doesn't vote for this, she will lose votes.

    ALL LEGISLATORS NEED OUR SUPPORT! Find out if they support it. If they do, thank them. If they don't, find out WHY!

    Personal stories about yourself or people close to you are generally most effective. Ask that your representative vote for the legislation. If they say they are unsure or against, ask them why. We need to get their final questions answered and everyone needs to tell their story to their legislator one more time. If they are for it, thank them.

    Be sure if you can't talk to them when you call or visit, that you schedule a time to be face to face or talking directly to them.

    Click & send a letter to your reps: Contact Officials - NORML



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