Schweitzer Will Let Pot Reform Bill Become Law
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Schweitzer Will Let Pot Reform Bill Become Law
Posted by CN Staff on April 29, 2011 at 17:16:08 PT
By Daniel Person, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer will allow a major overhaul of Montana's medical marijuana act to become law, the governor told the Chronicle editorial board this afternoon.Schweitzer was highly critical of the reform bill, which will allow caregivers to serve no more than three patients and bar people from accepting money for medical marijuana.
However, he said he cannot allow the Montana's current medical marijuana law — which has allowed marijuana businesses to flourish and the number of marijuana patients in Montana to balloon beyond 30,000 people — to continue."With the structure we have in place now, we have people using Montana law to smoke marijuana just to smoke it. That's what I believe," Schweitzer said.He said he will not sign the bill. However, under state law, bills passed by the Legislature become law if the governor does not act within 10 days of receiving the legislation.In the final days of the session, Schweitzer had tried to amend Senate Bill 423 to allow caregivers to have up to 25 patients and allow them to make money from selling medicinal pot. Using an amendatory veto, Schweitzer also struck language that he said violated people's privacy rights.House and Senate Republicans on Thursday accepted the amendments dealing with patient privacy but held firm to the three-patient and no-profit provisions.Schweitzer criticized the plan on Friday, saying it will de-centralize marijuana growing in the state, making it more difficult to monitor where the drug is going."We're going to have 10,000 people growing marijuana. Let's say 90 percent of them are on the complete up and up. That means 10 percent are selling marijuana in the alley," he said.But he was skeptical of the argument that the law will make it nearly impossible for legitimate users to get marijuana."My guess is there will be a very active business in not producing marijuana, but selling grow-boxes to help people to grow marijuana," he said.And he was unequivocal about the effect the law will have on marijuana businesses across the state, some of which provide pot to hundreds of people."July 1, they're out of business," he said.Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)Author: Daniel Person, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: April 29, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily ChronicleContact: citydesk dailychronicle.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Paint with light on April 30, 2011 at 22:20:57 PT
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Great article.Legal like alcohol.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 30, 2011 at 06:21:38 PT
I hope that the Federal Law is changed before anymore people wind up having their life wrecked. State's Rights can only go so far when there is a Federal Law in place. PS: It's a beautiful day here today. I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Lots of work to catch up on.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 30, 2011 at 00:00:26 PT
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"I can't help believe that people who have ventured into having a medical marijuana shop aren't really scared." You're probably right. I would be in a tither (I'm in a tither for them)... but I wouldn't be bold enough to go into business like that in the first place. I'm a pretty low risk sort of person. If I can manage it. Surely they knew that they were taking major risks. Hopefully, they aren't afraid. They like risk really... and there's always the possibility that things will go badly... even with low risk situations. They're the ones that forge out front first. They do take a lot of risk.You're right about that we have to focus our efforts on getting the schedule and the laws changed by the Federal Legislators. Reasoning with them has been frustrating and extraordinarily fruitless. They don't want to hear us. They don't want to listen to us. They don't want to rationally consider our concerns. And they don't.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 29, 2011 at 23:38:16 PT
Paul Armentano AlterNet April 29, 2011
Pot Prohibition Turns 100-Years-Old Today: A Centennial Anniversary That’s Hardly Worth Celebrating
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 29, 2011 at 20:25:37 PT
I know this is all bad but I can't help but feel the change we need to see will become more important then the Industry of it all. Change the law and then build it back the way it should be. I can't help believe that people who have ventured into having a medical marijuana shop aren't really scared. A black cloud has always been there. Winners never quit but quitters never win. Now we must work to change the Federal Law so this can be fixed once and for all.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 29, 2011 at 19:02:15 PT
It's tragic.
""July 1, they're out of business," he said."I do not understand the outrageous fear of the cannabis plant and it's uses that some people seem to have. It's incomprehensible, to me, that so many people, that seem to have fairly good sense, in some ways, at least, are such cowards concerning the freedom of human kind and a plant. They're terrified of it enough to imprison people and take their livelihoods over it. Some even believe that it's a matter that's so egregious, somehow, that they can reconcile their consciences to people losing even their very lives, their breath and blood, over it. That's insane.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 29, 2011 at 18:13:30 PT
It's sad...
It's back to the streets or doing without for most of the patients.So sad.Because of some very, very ignorant prejudices. That's all it is. And sad. Outrageous, really.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 29, 2011 at 17:23:20 PT
A Question
If one person can grow for 3 people and they can't accept money will the 3 people be able to make a contribution towards the expense of the person growing for them?
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