Monthly Archives: March 2011

MADISON: The Madison Wisconsin version of a global set of cannabis freedom rallies and marches that spans hundreds of cities around the world has been rescheduled to Saturday April 30.

The Global Cannabis March will now be held on Saturday April 30, which is the same day of the Mifflin Street Block Party, the traditional end point of the cannabis march.

Facebook page created by the event organizers, Madison NORML, says attendees should gather at the Capitol between 11am and 12am. After a rally, the march will head down State St. around 1pm.  The exact gathering spot at the Capitol is TBA as of this writing.

As in the last several years, marchers will proceed down State St. and campus area streets to another Madison spring tradition, the Mifflin St. Block Party, where they will disperse after marching through the crowds.

The idea for these coordinated global marches came fromDana Beal of the New York City based Cures Not Warsmedical cannabis advocacy group. Beal will likely be in Wisconsin on April 30, but will not be attending the march as he has been sitting in the Iowa County jail for several months awaiting trial after a January 2011 traffic stop found him and a driver in a car with a quantity of what Beal says was medical cannabis intended for compassion clubs in Michigan and New York City.


Beal’s link to Wisconsin dates back to the early 1970s. As reported here last year, the first Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival was a protest rally for Beal, who was then in jail in Wisconsin for cannabis.

Organizers say that is why they will be marching – that cannabis prohibition is not just counterproductive and illogical, but an outdated relic that now curtails everyone’s freedom, whether they use cannabis or not.


MADISON: Recall efforts against an array of Wisconsin State Senators are now in full swing, with the 60-day clock already ticking on a number of seats. A total of eight Republicans are eligible for recalls and the subject of efforts including Senators Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).

In the 2009-2010 session, Lazich and Darling served together on the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue. Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) chaired the committee. Today, Lazich and Darling are backing an extreme budget plan put forth by Republican WI Gov. Scott Walker. Sen. Erpenbach, now in the minority, is in Illinois with his now 14 Democratic Senate colleagues, the only way the 14 could stop action on the budget bill.

When a combined hearing on last session’s Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA) was held on Dec. 15, 2009, two of the most vocal Senate opponents were Senators Mary Lazich and Alberta Darling. Sen. Erpenbach, on the other hand, was the lead Senate sponsor.

Two other members of the “Fab 14″ Democratic senators also cosponsored the medical cannabis bill, Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and have been prominent in leading the Fab 14 to stand firm against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget attacks.

Darling and Lazich, along with six other Republican state senators, are the subjects of a recall over their support of Gov. Scott Walker’s radical “budget repair” and budget bills. The signature collecting for Sen. Darling is reported to be going well. Darling narrowly prevailed over former-Rep. Sheldon Wassermann in her last election, is viewed as very vulnerable.

Another prominent state legislature medical cannabis opponent, State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) demonized medical cannabis patients at the aforementioned combined hearing while still in the Assembly. Protesters angry over Gov. Walker’s budget and her support of it flooded a joint town hall meeting she was holding in a suburban Milwaukee area public library with Wisconsin’s anti-medical cannabis zealot in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner.Sensenbrenner angrily gaveled the meeting to a close after barely 30 minutes rather than take questions from constituents (see video).

If three Republican senators are recalled, the Senate majority would swing back to Democratic control. While Gov. Walker and Senator Vukmir cannot be recalled until they have served a year in office, these recalls could also remove key medical cannabis opponents and perhaps map a future route to passage of the JRMMA in Wisconsin.

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