The Madison Common Council will honor the late Ben Masel Tuesday May 17th at the Council's meeting in the City-County Building downtown.. Credit: Madison NORML Examiner

Madison Council resolution designates April 20 “Ben Masel Day”

The Madison Common Council will honor the late Ben Masel Tuesday May 17th at the Council's meeting in the City-County Building downtown.. Credit: Madison NORML Examiner

MADISON: On Tuesday May 17th at 6:30pm, Madison’s Common Council will honor the life of Bennett “Ben” Masel and his contributions to the community and formally declare April 20th as “Ben Masel Day” in the City of Madison. The Council meets in Room 201 of the City-County Building. That building is located between the Capitol and Monona Terrace at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The presentation should come shortly after 6:30pm, and the public is welcome.

The resolution, drafted by Masel’s Madison alder Bridget Maniaci, recounts Ben’s life and contributions. Masel, who recently passed away from complications of cancer, was well known for decades of activism covering many issues. The choice of April 20 is a nod to Masel’s tireless activism for legal cannabis and hemp. Masel’s vigilance over the decades has led to many years of relative cannabis tolerance and peace in the community.

The longetivity of Madison’s Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival, which Masel took over organizing in its second year in 1971, is a testament to his impact on the city. The festival  celebrated 40 years in 2010 making it one of America’s oldest cannabis events. The 41st is scheduled as usual for the first weekend of October, and will be dedicated to his memory.

Article by: Madison NORML Examiner Gary Storck, is a Madison-based writer and speaker with a lifelong interest in cannabis, politics, healthcare and disability rights. Gary is also a longtime volunteer with Madison NORML, Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY). and Wisconsin NORML.

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