gary storck

In April of 2012 Jason Glaspie, then Vice President of the The Madison NORML and Wisconsin NORML chapters report via the Madison and Wisconsin NORML Facebook groups the resignation of Gary Storck.  Here is a copy of the post.

Last night, the boards of both Madison NORML & Wisconsin NORML, unanimously accepted the immediate resignation of Gary Storck. While Mr. Storck has been with both organizations for some time, it is felt by all, that the time for a parting of ways is now. Gary will continue to be an occasional member of both groups, just in a non-voting, non-Emeritus, capacity, in as much as his busy schedule allows. Also, all administrator, webmaster, or other behind-the-scene privileges which Gary holds are in the process of being shuffled off to other good folks; hopefully, seamlessly.

Those at both organizations wish Gary the best in his future endeavors; and hope to continue reading his entertaining blog posts and his work with Jacki Rickert’s group IMMLY (Is My Medicine Legal Yet?). Godspeed and good luck, Gary!

We at Wisconsin NORML wish Gary the best of luck in all his endeavors and look forward to learning and reading about his continued activism.  Thanks for being NORML Gary!



Dear Editor: The Wisconsin and Madison affiliates of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) salute Mayor Paul Soglin and the Madison City Council for honoring the late Madison activist Ben Masel at their May 17 meeting. In addition to other pursuits, Ben was a longtime NORML activist and served as a board member and officer in our group.

Madison alders voted unanimously to adopt a memorializing resolution titled, “Honoring the life of Bennett ‘Ben’ Masel, his contribution to our community and declaring April 20th as ‘Ben Masel Day’ in the City of Madison.”

As many know, April 20 is, not coincidentally, the date on which those who respect cannabis take a day to celebrate the plant and work for its legalization. Celebrating Ben’s life and contributions will make future 4/20s even more special.

Special thanks are due to Ben’s alder, Bridget Maniaci, and District 6 Ald. Marsha Rummel for sponsoring and crafting the inspiring wording of the resolution, as well as council colleagues Mark Clear, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Anita Weier, Mike Verveer and Lisa Subeck for cosponsoring.

But while decades of efforts inextricably linked Ben with cannabis and hemp legalization, his advocacy went beyond, including free speech, privacy and the right to assemble. The best way for all of us to honor and remember Ben’s contributions is to make every day Ben Masel Day by joining in continuing his advocacy.

Gary Storck, co-founder

Madison NORML