Pubdate: Wed, 20 Nov 2002
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Green Bay Press-Gazette
Author: Gary Storck


MADISON - Voters in Wisconsin's 8th congressional district certainly chose 
a skilled politician on Nov. 5 when they re-elected Rep. Mark Green but 
when those political skills include evading the question, changing the 
subject and lying, is it really a victory for Green's constituents?

On Nov. 7, Rep. Green was a guest on Kathleen Dunn's show on Wisconsin 
Public Radio. I called in and patiently sat on hold until my turn came up 
and asked Green the following, "In light of compelling scientific and 
anecdotal evidence that marijuana is a safe and effective medicine for many 
illnesses, and given polls both in Wisconsin and nationally showing up to 
80 percent public support for re-legalizing it, why do you support the 
recent brutal raids by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents of 
California medical marijuana dispensaries that have been legal under state 
law for over six years?"

Green's response was to exclaim, "Wow, what a loaded question," and wrongly 
claim that the defeat of drug policy reform initiatives in several states 
on Nov. 5 shows where Americans stand on medical marijuana, without ever 
answering my question.

The truth is the drug policy reform initiatives that lost had little or no 
connection to medical marijuana. In 2002, Wisconsinites were polled twice 
on their support for re-legalizing medical marijuana. A February 2002 poll 
of 600 state residents found support of over 80 percent; and an October 
poll by the Ed Thompson campaign of 1,000 state residents found support at 
over 70 percent. Clearly Green is out of touch with his constituents, and 
all the evasion in the world cannot hide the fact that Green DOES support 
the cruel raids in California where federal agents have terrorized sick and 
dying Americans. Is this Green's idea of compassionate conservatism?

Gary Storck
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