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Montana Curbs Prescription Pot
Posted by CN Staff on May 01, 2011 at 16:54:27 PT
By Amy Merrick
Source: Wall Street Journal 
Helena -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he would allow a controversial bill restricting the state's medical-marijuana business to become law without his signature.The Democratic governor said Friday he still wasn't happy with some aspects of the bill, which will close down Montana's large marijuana-growing operations and make it more difficult for people to get medical marijuana to treat "severe chronic pain." But he said he preferred to have the new rules go into effect rather than continue the existing system, which he called "the wild, wild West."
Montana has been struggling to manage its medical-marijuana industry since voters overwhelmingly approved a law in 2004 allowing patients and caregivers to legally possess some marijuana plants and usable marijuana if they have a doctor's prescription. The number of Montana users had soared to about 30,000, and medical-marijuana dispensaries had mushroomed across the state.Earlier this year, Mr. Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would have repealed the 2004 law outright.Under the new law, which will take effect July 1, patients will have to provide stronger proof of a qualifying illness to get a medical marijuana prescription. Those who are approved may grow their own marijuana or get it free from a provider who may grow it for up to three people.The governor said Friday that he was concerned some legitimate patients would lose access to medical marijuana because they wouldn't be able to grow their own. He urged lawmakers to take up the issue again the next time they convene, in 2013.Medical marijuana is legal in 15 states and the District of Columbia, but the U.S. Justice Department recently warned officials in states such as Montana, Colorado, Washington and California that even licensed marijuana operations could be targeted for federal raids. Marijuana is illegal under federal law. In March, federal agents raided marijuana businesses across Montana.The recent Justice Department crackdown reversed a freewheeling atmosphere for the medical-marijuana industry that had prevailed since 2009, when then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden sent a memo to U.S. attorneys saying the federal government wouldn't try to prosecute individuals who used medical marijuana in compliance with state law.Source: Wall Street Journal (US)Author:  Amy MerrickPublished: May 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.Contact: wsj.ltrs wsj.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 04, 2011 at 18:24:00 PT
You know I don't know anything about the NRA but what you said makes sense to me. People are working on how to deal with all of this and it's more then likely the Drug Policy Alliance.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 04, 2011 at 17:24:12 PT
Well we do have "Our NRA"....
It's just not very "In your face". The NRA really tries to be "Johnny on the spot" when it comes to possible changes in gun rights laws.If something's going on or something needs to be said... they're there. 
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Comment #6 posted by josephlacerenza on May 04, 2011 at 14:53:10 PT
It was just an example of how complacent people can get in life! If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on May 04, 2011 at 11:00:35 PT
The NRA is just a group of people concerned about protecting rights jointed together. A club of sorts. People are organized to present an articulate, large, and united front and members pay dues to support the project. We don't have anything quite like that for anti-prohibitionists. The NRA organization is a perfect example of a very well organized grass roots organization. The closest thing we have to something like the National Rifle Association is the Drug Policy Alliance. Maybe NORML. But it's not really so much. DPA seems more like it to me. But they're both similar and working on it. The NRA has been around longer. Lots longer. 
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Comment #4 posted by josephlacerenza on May 04, 2011 at 05:20:12 PT
Where is OUR NRA?!!!
If Montanans passed a VOTER referendum to use silencers on their hunting weapons so Bambie can't hear them shoot, and it passed by 62% there would be an outrage!!! There would be NO WAY the congress would have been able to tell THOSE voters THEY WERE DUPED!!!The congress would have never told them, "It is a disguise to let murders kill with impunity by reducing their detection, if you support gun silencers!"Just total B.S. !!!!! My point is, take out the words "medical marijuana" and insert "gun rights", and this would be a different issue!!! 100%The NRA would be here up in arms, literally, crying foul, unconstitutional!!! Where is our NRA?!
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Comment #3 posted by josephlacerenza on May 02, 2011 at 09:48:21 PT
I think 30,000 phone calls will light a fire under his  ss! Call: 1-406-444-3111!Keep his phone on fire!!!!I have called like 10 times and can not get through!! Do not stop calling until you get to talk to a person, or your call will not count!!!
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Comment #2 posted by josephlacerenza on May 02, 2011 at 06:37:32 PT
Montana NORML UPDATE: 5-2-2011
UPDATE on #SB423 in Montana. #SB423 may effect you!, write, TAKE ACTION!!
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 01, 2011 at 18:35:48 PT
Who are you kidding gov?
The feds take down another one.If you think for one minute the feds and or the pharmapseudo-med marauders play fair or will ever give up, you would be wrong on that account, I believe. I seem obvious to me the DEA tactic of marshal law was not working , they go behind the scenes and do what they do best-arm twisting and bribing the law makers and the gate keepers. Why this is so obvious? Societies have been doing this kind of thing forever. It was the same in Babylon as in Rome as in America. The righteous vs... [or better yet] People who love to live and let live, vs. psycho-meddlers, sociopaths and control freaks. 
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