Group Up Against Deadline To Vote Out MMJ Law

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  Group Up Against Deadline To Vote Out MMJ Law

Posted by CN Staff on June 05, 2010 at 04:25:48 PT
By Richard Ecke, Tribune Staff Writer 
Source: Great Falls Tribune 

Montana -- A Billings-based group hopes to get an issue on the Nov. 2 ballots in Montana to repeal the state's medical marijuana law. It's a tall order, considering the deadline to collect signatures is June 18 — less than two weeks away.A proposed ballot issue first must navigate a state labyrinth. The Montana Secretary of State's Office received the materials May 25. Then, the Legislative Services Division conducted a review and passed it on to the Attorney General's Office late Wednesday.
Judy Beck, spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Justice, said Friday that Attorney General Steve Bullock's office has received the information and wrote a summary of the ballot issue late this week.Beck said Bullock's office set a deadline of noon June 11 for interested parties to comment on or accept the wording that would be placed on the ballot.After that, the proposal goes back to the secretary of state for final action.Because of the required steps and the late nature of the group's submission, organizers will have one week or less to collect more than 24,000 signatures."The biggest challenge is time," said Pam Christianson of Billings, one of the ballot issue's supporters. She said the notion of trying to gather so many signatures in just a few days "doesn't sound too promising."In an interview, Christianson said she got fed up this spring when she noticed a marijuana shop trying to establish itself within 1,000 feet of her son's middle school."I was just irate," she said. "That was kind of our awakening."Upset Magic City residents then formed an independent group called Safe Community, Safe Kids to let officials know their worries about a proliferation of marijuana shops in Billings.Billings officials approved licenses for 82 medical marijuana businesses before the city council there passed a six-month moratorium on new marijuana businesses May 11.Cherrie Brady of Billings submitted the repeal proposal to Secretary of State Linda McCullough.About 62 percent of Montana voters approved a medical marijuana ballot issue in 2004."We do believe that most of the people in Montana feel that this is not what they voted for," Christianson said. "We believe that it is time to take back our great state, to end the mess that has been created."Signatures from 24,337 registered voters would be required, including at least 5 percent of registered voters from each of the 34 Montana House legislative districts, in order to get the issue on the ballot.Tom Daubert, a Helena-based marijuana grower and caregiver, said there is no way repeal supporters will be able to collect the signatures they need in such a short time span."It's a huge undertaking," said Daubert, who was involved in the medical marijuana ballot issue voters approved in 2004.Christianson said organizers of the effort will stay together to lobby the Legislature to take action on the law if they fail to get the repeal proposal on the November ballot.Source: Great Falls Tribune (MT)Author: Richard Ecke, Tribune Staff WriterPublished: June 5, 2010Copyright: 2010 Great Falls TribuneContact: tribcity sofast.netWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #21 posted by FoM on June 08, 2010 at 03:36:43 PT
That's wonderful to read. You're a good man.
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Comment #20 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2010 at 23:46:45 PT
I'm reading an inspirational book you might really like -- God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours (2010) by Regina Brett. It was available at my local library.
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2010 at 23:41:37 PT
FoM #1 & 12
My son (75 km) and I (50 km) made our annual Ride for Heart on Sun.6.jun.2010 in the worst rain and wind we have endured in 20 years. The good news is that we finished the ordeal to help save heart and stroke lives. Going through such a taxing trial brought a sense of satisfaction, growth and many ideas and memories: a life-changing and life-awakening experience. 
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 19:15:33 PT
Thank you for the link. 
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 18:52:48 PT
March 2010
Sex differences in the effects of marijuana on simulated driving performance.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 18:12:20 PT
She's a pretty dog...
She looks fat and sassy, and has such pretty markings.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 17:08:03 PT
At least 7 people died in Ohio but maybe more. We live closer to the mountains of West Virginia so tornadoes seem to miss us luckily. We had terrible rain and wind. We have a basement and I wish you did. I sent this recent picture to the lady who fostered Sassy back in 2003. She saved her from being PTS. She thanked me for letting her know how she turned out. She is a doll of a dog.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 16:19:05 PT
That's great that Sassy's not jealous.
And it great she's teaching her manners. Well mannered dogs take seriously, teaching the young dogs important things they feel they should know.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 16:15:34 PT
Oh man ...
I'm sorry to hear that. I hadn't heard the news that people had been killed. It would be nice to have a basement or a storm shelter... hills or not.They don't make beds tall enough to get under easily anymore. The safest place we had in the house... a central hall. We put an attic fan in. I love the attic fan... but with a tornado coming... I tend to want some distance from that fan.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 15:52:49 PT
It was really bad weather today. We have big trees and a big valley behind our house so it would slow up a tornado since the bad storms always come that way. A number of people died in Ohio in the flatter sections of the state. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 15:49:33 PT
Not at all. Sassy gets to play with her while we keep Moose in check. She is teaching her how to have manners. LOL! 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 15:30:33 PT
Extreme, eerie stillness is the bad sign to me...
Open the windows and get in the basement, when that happens. Unless it's storming loudly and windy already. Then it's the roar. Duck and cover.Then the eye. Then the storm again.We have too many of them around here... but there are worse places. We're just off the really bad storm line.I hope you guys don't have a destructive storm.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 15:24:28 PT
That's not a good weather sign...
Hot and cold make you know what when they meet in the atmosphere.Be thankful for your hillside setting. It's saved this place before, before. This place has gracefully, several times been "jumped" by bad storms. They hit hills, it seems and bounce up off the ground... as opposed to tearing through the flat land.I hate tornadoes. They are a vicious thing.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 15:19:15 PT
The dogs...
How sweet! They'll be amazing together.Is the Husky jealous of her?
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 11:03:13 PT
It has been a strange day. The temperature has dropped into the upper 60s and the sky is dark. I was so tired I never heard a thing when he woke Stick up in the middle of the night. He is very big. He is 28 inches at his back and must be over 130 pounds now. Here's a picture of him and the puppy.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 10:23:40 PT
Good grief, FoM!
I'm glad you'll are all ok!It's amazing the negotiating power of a large, well spoken guard dog. I sure appreciated my Wiemaraner, when traveling, as it happened, especially. He negotiated some really alarming "tight spots" away. He was wonderful. So good when he was supposed to be and so insistently and vehemently protective when he had to be, like your dog is. He was a very large Wiemaraner. I had one that weighed about eighty pounds, but the one I speak of weighed about a hundred and twenty five pounds at his top weight. The eighty pound dog had no trouble "Negotiating" when he had to, either. Wiemaraners were originally carefully, carefully bred from Rottweilers and Blood Hounds, as I recall. They're one of my favorite breeds.The right dog can be a great blessing.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 06, 2010 at 06:56:11 PT
We are having crazy weather. I haven't found any news to post so far. We had a tornado touch down in our county but in the part of the county that is flat. Our male rottie went crazy at about 3:30 in the morning like someone was on our property. I slept thru it but Stick said he wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of his viciousness. They are having a pow wow over the ridge so who knows if someone was scoping out our place. Thank goodness for my doggie! LOL! I need to turn the computer off now.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on June 05, 2010 at 22:07:26 PT
Sam Adams
Thank you for that article! 
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on June 05, 2010 at 08:33:04 PT
Science News
Excellent article, perfect for handing out to media, politicians, family members, etc.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 05, 2010 at 08:33:00 PT
Montel Williams Speaking at MMJ Conference
Montel Williams Speaking at Medical Marijuana Conference TodayThe Associated PressJune 5, 2010PORTLAND — Talk show host and medical marijuana advocate Montel Williams is speaking at a conference about Maine's new law allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.Williams is among the speakers at Saturday's Maine Medical Cannabis Conference at the University of Southern Maine. Williams uses marijuana to help ease symptoms of multiple sclerosis.Voters last November approved a ballot measure that expands Maine's existing medical marijuana law. Among other things, it allows for retail dispensaries where medical marijuana patients can legally buy pot.The conference will attempt to answer questions about what the law means for patients, health care providers, municipalities, law enforcement agencies and others.Copyright: 2010 Associated PressURL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 05, 2010 at 06:25:08 PT

Just a Note
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend. Today is a good day for us to watch a movie. It's pouring down rain. If any news pops up I will sure post it.
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