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The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin

by Gary F. Storck
The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin

by Gary F. Storck


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The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is "one part history book, one part memoir, and one part encyclopedia." The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin, the first book of its kind focusing on the state of Wisconsin, begins with the story of how the state came to pass its first law prohibiting marijuana in 1935, the legislation that further criminalized cannabis through the next several decades, and the efforts to undo or reduce the penalties of that prohibition beginning in the late 1960s to date. The book also examines stories about the enforcement of cannabis prohibition and those caught up in it and how these cases were resolved. This title is a must read for those who want a resource offering a comprehensive look at the cannabis issue in Wisconsin.

Using a variety of sources including news articles, copies of legislation, legislative journals, drafting records and other data, state reports, arrest statistics, etc. The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin brings together a multitude of sources and information never before compiled into a single book. With public support for medical cannabis and adult use cannabis legalization at record levels in Wisconsin, The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin is the ultimate resource for understanding this issue and how we got to where it stands at today.

The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin begins with an introduction and prologue with the main text of the book split into two parts. The first section covers the years 1934-1994 and consists of 32 chapters ranging in length from a page or two to more than a dozen pages. These chapters relate how and why lawmakers first made cannabis illegal, tell the stories of some of the people targeted, and offer details of efforts to decriminalize and legalize cannabis.

The chapters in Part Two, covering 1995 to late 2019, each cover a year and are arranged in a timeline by date, following the ever-increasing pace of efforts to ease cannabis prohibition in Wisconsin. While the 1995 chapter only contains one entry, there are more each year as efforts to reform cannabis laws slowly snowball over the years. The 2018 chapter closely follows the county and city advisory referendums that swept to victory in 16 counties and two cities in Nov. 2018 that finally elevated the issue politically to its highest level yet. The 2019 chapter lays out how the advisory referendums and the new governor and attorney general made cannabis legalization one of the state's biggest issues and the changes happening because of these factors. An epilogue looks at the future of the cannabis issue and the prospects for statewide legalization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578593173
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Gary Storck is a medical cannabis Pioneer/Patient/Writer/Speaker/Activist in Wisconsin.

Storck was born with glaucoma and began losing sight at a young age. Conventional treatments were risky and medications ineffective. Having read news reports of research on cannabis and glaucoma at UCLA, Gary decided to undertake his own study,.

On Oct. 3, 1972 and a high school senior, Storck smoked cannabis before a glaucoma checkup. His doctor was elated to find Gary's typically highly elevated intraocular pressures at normal levels.

Understanding that it could save his sight, Gary began medicating with cannabis on a daily basis. He also began lobbying for Wisconsin's Therapeutic Cannabis Research Act (TCRA), passed and signed into law in 1982. Along the way he also enlisted the help of his congressional representatives and the first legal federal patient Bob Randall and his wife Alice O'Leary in what was ultimately an unsuccessful attempt to find a physician to file a Compassionate IND on his behalf to gain access to federal medical pot.

In 1978, Gary was among five glaucoma patients who anonymously filed affidavits about their medical use of cannabis for glaucoma in support of Bob Randall's successful lawsuit against the federal government after his federal pot supplies were abruptly cut.

Returning to Wisconsin after a dozen years in California in 1995, Gary restarted his efforts in Wisconsin advocating for medical cannabis a few years later, joining forces with medical cannabis pioneer and patient Jacki Rickert to advocate for medical cannabis through Is My Medicine Legal YET? ( In 2005, Gary and Jacki were co-recipients of NORML's Peter McWilliams Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Cause of Medical Marijuana, along with Angel Raich and Diane Monson.

Storck has advised both Republican and Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers on medical cannabis and spoken at many public hearings and press conferences over the years. Gary has lobbied for cannabis law reform at all levels of government including the Madison, Monona and Tomah city councils, the Dane County Board, state lawmakers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon and federal representatives in Wisconsin and in Washington D.C.

Gary has done hundreds of interviews for print, television, radio and other media, and has spoken at many other different venues from Optimist and Kiwanis meetings to cannabis legalization events in multiple states.

In 2010, Gary, along with Jacki Rickert, became the first Wisconsin patients to take advantage of changes in Oregon law allowing patients from all 50 states to register with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). In 2016, he lobbied on behalf of out of state patients at the Oregon Capitol in Salem after the OMMP closed the program to new and renewing out of state patients due to a change in state law.

Gary has been a member of the board of advisors of the medical cannabis educational non profit Patients Out of Time for many years and was on the faculty of their 2012 conference in Tucson, AZ. He has also had hundreds of letters to the editor and OPEDs published in newspapers in-state and nationally, and has published many articles and blog posts for and the Madison NORML blog. Since March 2015, Gary has been posting on, looking at "the intersection of Wisconsin and cannabis", producing hundreds of articles covering cannabis developments in Wisconsin.

In 2018, Gary wrote dozens of articles on Cannabadger covering the Wisconsin cannabis advisory referendum campaign and has continued to follow developments after the referendum sweep along including other legislation filed this session and at the local level.

In November 2019, Gary released his first book, published through Cannabadger Media and titled, The Rise and Fall of Cannabis Prohibition in Wisconsin.

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