Archive for 2010

Montana NORML Newsletter – Fundraising, Irv Rosenfeld and the News

December 31st, 2010

Friends,

I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve been told lately about the trickle of financial support from professional growers who want to help defend Montana’s medical cannabis program. It takes lots of time and talent and money to assemble a functional grassroots political apparatus capable of having an impact on the lawmaking process, and things are starting to come together.

There’s still plenty more to do.  Please, forward this email to your grower friends.

For a tax-deductible financial contribution, write your check to Citizens for Responsible Crime Policy, the organization that is taking the lead on organizing education efforts related to defending the medical marijuana program in Montana:

Citizens for Responsible Crime Policy
PO Box 7146
Missoula MT 59807

If you’d prefer to put your funds into pushing forward towards regulating cannabis for all adults, then click the yellow donate  button on our website.

Don’t have money to spare? No problem. Are you registered at http://montanadrugpolicy.org yet? At this site, we’re collecting contact info from people who want action alerts about neighborhood-level advocacy. Get involved!

If you want to be involved, if you want to have an impact, then the next 2-3 months are critical. We’ll be sending out periodic alerts, sometimes daily, about things you can do to provide important constituent feedback to lawmakers who will be rewriting the law in a few weeks.  Montana medical marijuana policies will be a lot different in 3 months.  There is no guarantee of a good outcome, but together we can have an effect on the process. So, please pay close attention to your email and/or Facebook and/or Twitter.

Events

There will be various events throughout the process in which you can be involved. The first is a book signing MMGA fundraiser with Irv Rosenfeld, one of a handful of federal medical marijuana patients, who gets a big aluminum tin of pre-rolled marijuana joints from the federal government every month. For free. Read that again. It’s true.

The event will take place at Zoo Mountain Natural Care in Missoula from 6-8PM next Saturday January 8th. Here’s the Facebook event page. I’ll be out of town on a much-needed vacation, but thank you to Zoo Mountain for hosting the event (check out the video on their site).

Clear your Missoula calendar for an event on the night of the 15th as well — details to be announced soon.

Marijuana News

I’m proud to say that Montana NORML made the news a few times this month:

We’ll keep on pushing forward if you keep on providing your support. Okay?

Here’s some additional recent news:

By the way, from the 5th-15th, you might get alerts from trusted volunteers who are not me. I’ll be (completely) out of town. If you get an email with [Mtnorml-list] in the subject, please pay attention.

Don’t do nothing. Let’s roll!

Montana NORML Newsletter – Missoula Jury in National News, Stop Prohibition and Help the Cause

December 24th, 2010

Friends,

On my bus ride home in Missoula tonight, three local government employees were talking about the medical marijuana controversy.  They were saying that all these young people with supposed chronic pain and hemorrhoids were abusing the law, but cancer patients should have access.

I listened for a while, and as they wrapped up the conversation, one said cheerfully, “Hey, I think it’s just about cocktail-thirty,” which earned appreciative guffaws from several 40-somethings nearby. I smiled too.

As we approached my neighborhood though, I turned to the group and asked, “Wait, we say it’s cocktail-thirty with a grin, but a guy’s gotta have cancer in order to have legal access to marijuana??”

The hypocrisy of prohibition re-illuminated in my mind, this casual exchange cemented my resolve to publish this: Medical Marijuana is a Flawed Policy

Marijuana prohibition continues to crumble. A Missoula jury pool made national news this week, by telling the judge they had no interest in convicting anyone for personal amounts of marijuana. The story was covered by the Wall Street JournalChange.org, the New York Times, the American Bar Association,  USA TodayFIJADeath & TaxesToke of the Town, and many more.

This is huge. But it should not be any particular surprise for Missoula, Montana. This is the city and county that passed, via citizens’ initiative in 2006, a recommendation that adult marijuana crimes be the lowest possible priority for law enforcement. And, while pot possession is not exactly a high priority for them, still, someone gets busted for marijuana in this community almost every day. Here’s the latest reports, and the grievance form in case you get busted (PDF).

Ending marijuana prohibition will probably not happen in Montana in 2011 (though we’ll be trying! Click the yellow button here to donate to the cause).

The best we can likely hope for is some sort of medical marijuana regulation. Whatever emerges from the spring legislature will piss a lot of people off, I guarantee it. Here’s a short list of marijuana proposals — so far!

So, while a serious rewrite of our medical marijuana law sounds scary, we do have influence over the details. If we work together.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Patients with debilitating conditions: email info@mtcrcp.org if you’d like to tell your story to legislators in Helena this winter.
  • Growers: do you have email addresses and phone calls of all your patients yet? You can expect email from us about time-sensitive advocacy actions over the next few months. Get ready!
  • Growers: Start raising money from your patients – and your profits. Write a check if you love what you do. Today.
  • Everyone: Find your district at http://montanadrugpolicy.org and register to receive legislative alerts!
  • Everyone: To help raise funds to fund education and lobbying efforts during the upcoming legislature, send your check to:

Citizens for Responsible Crime Policy
PO Box 7146
Missoula MT 59807

For the weekly news roundup, check out the Montana NORML Facebook page.

And, please forward this message to your friends. Spread the word.

Don’t do nothing.

Kindly.

Medical Marijuana is a Flawed Policy

December 23rd, 2010

Medical marijuana as a therapeutic application has been demonstrably effective. Medical marijuana as public policy has been demonstrably problematic.

It is doomed to be tethered to controversy and crime as long as cannabis, itself, is.

1/2oz of gloryThe solution is to regulate marijuana for all adults, and allow them to use it responsibly — for therapeutic, social, or spiritual reasons of their personal choosing.

Three important clarifications:

  • The solution is not to repeal medical marijuana; that would simply turn control of the industry completely into criminals’ hands.
  • Marijuana is safe, effective medicine for a wide array of conditions.
  • Medical marijuana has been good practice. It has successfully demonstrated that legal marijuana farms and stores can operate responsibly in a community with no ill effects.

It’s the medical aspect of the policy that is doomed. Show me a medical marijuana law that is working perfectly — or even, to the general satisfaction of the public. Each state’s law seems to be either widely ridiculed for the ease with which “patients” get their “green cards” so they can buy their “BubbleBerry SkunkBud” from “Dr. Feelgood”, or loudly criticized by impassioned advocates for denying compassionate access to the sick and dying.

Medical marijuana laws help people, yes,  but the policy is unavoidably haunted by the spectre of the black market. “Diversion”, as law enforcement officials call it, of “medical marijuana” to people not authorized to possess it (non-patients) is a constant concern.

Medical marijuana creates a false divide between people who are too healthy (and honest) for medical marijuana, and people sick (or unscrupulous) enough to have legal access.

Because there is no objective definition of “medical use”, medical marijuana laws are unavoidably controversial. Some say that “if a doctor recommends it, it’s medical”, yet it’s clear to all observers that there have been some opportunistic doctors that have rushed in to sign recommendations for nearly anyone, making a mockery of both law and medicine.

The flood of new “patients”, many or most of whom are judged in the court of public opinion as “abusing” the law are making, admittedly, a rational choice. Marijuana has a place in their lives, and they’d like not to be arrested for that choice. In that sense, they’re not abusing the law, they’re eager to comply with the law. They’d like to “be legal”.

The solution to all these difficulties is to eliminate the “medical”.

Allow all adults to buy marijuana from licensed, regulated store fronts,  supplied by licensed, regulated producers.

Eliminating medical cannabis laws in favor of integrating cannabis into a legal marketplace for all adults doesn’t eliminate medical use. In fact, it creates a safer product and more functional marketplace, for medical users and others, because the design of the industry can be driven by standards and overseen by knowledgeable regulators rather than driven by the needs of law enforcement and overseen by people with guns.

There is simply nothing wrong with responsible adult use of marijuana, and it should be of no concern to the government whether one uses marijuana medically, spiritually, or socially.

Montana NORML Newsletter – Legislature, Preventing Repeal and the News

December 17th, 2010

Citizens,

Last week I told you more about the upcoming legislature and how Montana NORML is preparing for it.  Tonight I’m going to tell you what you can do.

First though, a reminder. The Montana legislature (the people we elected) meets for 90 days, every other year. That’s it. They will consider hundreds of the bills; around 20 of them have something to do with marijuana. There will be efforts to erase medical marijuana from the books, efforts to hand it back to the voters to decide, and various efforts to further restrict and regulate the program.  Some proposals will be horrible, some tolerable.

You and I have some ability to influence the process and the outcome. If you care enough to do something to preserve legal access to cannabis, here are things that you can do:

  • Start saving and scheduling for a road trip to Helena. We don’t know yet when key hearings will be, but this campaign will need well-spoken patient advocates in Helena throughout January, February, and March. Contact our friends at info@mtcrcp.org if you want to help in this way.
  • Get ready to contact your legislators. This tactic requires zero money and very little time. Go tohttp://montanadrugpolicy.org — click where you live, and then click the “I live in this district and want to help!” link and enter your name, phone number, and email address. If and when it becomes important that the legislator who represents your district hears from you, we’ll let you know directly.
  • Write a check. Please forward this message to your grower friends. If they like what they do, and believe they’re helping people, they damn well better invest in the campaign to preserve the law. To make a tax-deductible donation to fund medical marijuana education efforts during the upcoming legislature, send your check here:

Citizens for Responsible Crime Policy
PO Box 7146
Missoula MT 59807

To make a lobbying donation that will be put towards making marijuana legal for all adults, click the yellow Donate button on our website, or send your check to:

Montana NORML
PO Box 8411
Missoula, MT 59807

I know it’s really easy to ignore a call to action in a newsletter. I receive emails from several organizations, and don’t always take the requested action.

But if you’ve been reading our newsletter for a while, you know that Montana is at a crossroads. In a few months, we may be the first state to repeal medical marijuana. That’s possible. But if we work together, we have a chance to prevent that outcome.

Please choose one of the tactics above, and do it, right now.

Then, check out the week’s news:

Marijuana News

Kindly,

Why Conservatives Should Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition

December 9th, 2010

While ending marijuana prohibition is a policy often associated with liberals, true conservatives should support it too. Consider:

Conservatives support fiscal responsibility and small government. Marijuana prohibition is a massive, expensive government program, requiring millions of dollars in law enforcement against mostly individual users, not kingpins.  The Montana Board of Crime Control reported over 5000 “drug crimes” in 2009, mostly simple possession offenses, and 67% were for marijuana.  Nationwide, someone is arrested or cited for marijuana possession every 37 seconds.

Ron Paul:  “The drug war encourages violence. Government violence against nonviolent users is notorious and has led to the unnecessary prison overpopulation. Innocent taxpayers are forced to pay for all this so-called justice.”

Conservatives support free enterprise and small business. Montana’s controversial medical marijuana law has nonetheless created dozens or perhaps hundreds of thriving small businesses around the state. Some may have previously worked in the black market, but now they’re productive citizens, hiring the unemployed, and paying their fair share. The ones who work the hardest to provide a quality product at a good price could become rich — that’s the American dream, after all, and conservatives should encourage these entrepreneurs, not rebuke them.

Glenn Beck: “You know what, I think it’s about time we legalize marijuana….We have to make a choice in this country. We have to either put people who are smoking marijuana behind bars, or we legalize it. But this little game we’re playing in the middle is not helping us, is not helping Mexico, and is causing massive violence on our southern border.”

Conservatives support freedom from the “nanny state”. All will agree that the state has some role to play in preventing one citizen from harming another.  But most conservatives believe that the state has no right or duty to interfere in what adults put in their own bodies.  Why should the power of government be brought to bear on what plants you choose to grow on your property, in the absence of any demonstrable harm to your neighbors?

William F. Buckley Jr.: “Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

Conservatives support the efforts of law enforcement officers to keep our streets and families safe. And yet fighting the drug war makes a mockery of law enforcement, accounting for millions of dollars in expense while marijuana use continues — as it has for thousands of years.  Let’s free up our law enforcement professionals to focus entirely on real crimes, like gang violence, sex crimes, and professional thievery. Many cops agree.

Sarah Palin: “I think we need to prioritize our law-enforcement efforts. And if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society.”

Conservatives want to keep kids off drugs. Everyone else does too.  A cruel irony of our current policy of prohibition is that it makes marijuana more available to youngsters. That’s right, teenagers regularly rate beer harder to buy than pot. Why? Because drug dealers don’t check ID. By bringing marijuana out of the black market and into a legal marketplace, we could establish common sense controls like age requirements, and make it harder for kids to get it.

Milton Friedman: “There are some general features of a socialist enterprise, whether it’s the post office, schools or the war on drugs. The enterprise is inefficient, expensive, very advantageous to a small group of people and harmful to a lot of people.”

Conservatives support state sovereignty. The Tenth Amendment explicitly states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people. While the federal government has asserted its power to prohibit marijuana, one is left wondering where exactly in the Constitution it finds that power. Ending marijuana prohibition is a states’ rights issue.

The time has come for courageous conservatives to be consistent to their principles and support an end to marijuana prohibition. If you support limited government, individual liberty, and safer streets, it just makes sense.

P.S., if you outlaw marijuana, only outlaws will have marijuana. Sound familiar?

Latest Montana Medical Marijuana Statistics

December 4th, 2010

The latest statistics (PDF) on Montana’s medical marijuana program are out.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • 25,017 total patients, 72% reporting Chronic Pain
  • 28 Caregivers have more than 100 patients
  • 15% of patients live in Missoula County, 13% in Gallatin County, 13% in Flathead County
  • Half of all caregivers have just one patient.
  • 90% of caregivers have 10 or less patients
  • 55 minors under the age of 18 are patients
  • Almost half of all patients are age 18-40.
  • 31 (out of 349) physicians have written more than 100 recommendations
  • 1459 new patients registered between September 2010 and October 2010

So, the program continues to grow.

The 2371 caregivers with a single patient are probably a combination of people growing for their chronically ill loved one, and spouses and room-mates who are helping one another “get legal”. After all, about 100,000 Montanans use cannabis from time to time for personal, social, or spiritual reasons, so it makes sense that a lot more people are avoiding the black market and growing their own. That helps put criminal syndicates out of business — or least forces them to choose a different market.

The 28 caregivers with more than 100 patients are nothing other than small businesses, and probably have several employees and are paying rent for commercial buildings, whether warehouse garden space or storefronts or both. The wages they’re paying those employees are putting food on the tables of Montana families, paying mortgages, and keeping people off public assistance.

I suspect the numbers will continue to grow — at least until the legislature gets done rewriting the law, at which point it’s anyone’s guess.

If you’d like to get action alerts about those changes as they’re being discussed, register your location at at mjdb.montanadrugpolicy.org.

Montana NORML Newsletter – Repeal or Legalization? Politics and the News

November 19th, 2010

Friends,

All my politically-connected friends keep telling me that our most recent election is a catastrophe for medical marijuana. The Republicans, who have a majority in both legislative houses in Montana, seriously considered opening the debate with a proposal (sure to win) to either 1) erase medical marijuana from the books, or 2) send it back to the media en-flamed hysterical voters. There is no guarantee that the voters would support the same law, today.

That said, my politically-savvy friends also say that outright appeal is possible, yes, but unlikely.

Of course, our message and goal is that Marijuana Legalization is the Best Thing For Patients. Really, the current controversy in Montana is not about the “marijuana” part of medical marijuana — the problem is the “medical” part, right?

There is no doubt that marijuana will cause vigorous debates in Helena (check out the proposed bills so far) when the legislature convenes in ~45 days. Whether you think that cannabis is a precious medicine for the sick and dying, or a sacred herb that should be available to all, or all of the above, I hope you’ll take a moment and register your location at http://mjdb.montanadrugpolicy.org — this is the primary way we’ll be reaching out to concerned citizens about the upcoming legislative mayhem. Click, register, make a difference, easy.

One of the challenges for medical marijuana preservation is that there are still lots of honest health care professionals who just haven’t been presented with the information that is available on cannabis’ medical benefits.  How can you help?

Buy a copy of the 86-page booklet, Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Scientific Literature 2000-2010, and tell us which health-care professional you’d like us to send it to.  Or, join a recent anonymous donor in donating $100 to fund the sending of booklets out statewide.

Click the yellow donate button on our website to help out.

Finally, a bit of gossip. We got a tip this morning that the offices of Jason Christ’s Montana Caregivers Network in Missoula were being raided. I walked over to the MCN office personally, and saw Missoula Police and Missoula County Deputies, and Jason in the middle, smiling and talking.

I anticipate there will be some dramatic media coverage soon, and that’s all I know so far.

Speaking of sensationalistic coverage, here’s the news:

Various Marijuana News

A moment of silence now, for the Montana outdoor plants that didn’t make it through the cold this week, and the Montana grown-ups who got busted this week.

Good night.

Marijuana Legalization is the Best Thing For Patients

November 18th, 2010

Medical marijuana can be a wonderful medicine and is a blessing to many chronically ill people, and NORML will always be in full support of safe access for patients.

However, if you really want to do what’s best for patients, you must support full legalization.

I am not talking about decrim. I am talking about a regulated (and yes, taxed) market in which businesses and nonprofits sell marijuana to citizens. Or, those citizens grow their own and share it with friends. Sort of like beer and wine today.

In this future world I am envisioning, big businesses will sell tolerable pot for cheap to people who don’t care much for quality. Smaller players will enjoy a connoisseurs’ market of high end crystal-caked gorgeous buds. And local “grassroots” clubs of growers will share the fruits of their gardens amongst their membership.

And the patients most in need, those people for whom marijuana is not social, is not cool, and has little aesthetic aspect, those people for whom marijuana provides important, sometimes near-miraculous therapeutic benefits, will be better off in such a world.

Walk with me, into this world:

First, the price will fall. The price of cannabis is inflated by prohibition currently. Why would a grower sell an ounce for $100 that can be sold for $200-300 by their patient five minutes later? Altruism? Sure, it can happen. But the market bears what the market can bear, and many Montana cardholders, I suspect, would quickly take advantage of such reasonable pricing.

In a world in which everyone can buy it for $100, that temptation, that opportunity, mostly evaporates.

Are there people buying cases of wine and selling $8 glasses? Sure — they’re called restaurants. They’re regulated, it’s legal, it’s okay.

Second, while free market economics is arguably a savage system, one thing it certainly does is offer the consumer lots of options. May the best product win. Imagine if retailers were competing not just on price, but on variety and quality as well. Imagine huge menu boards (like these) of dozens of strains, dozens of edibles, tinctures, cocktails, salves, oils, and who knows what else we’ll come up with.

And, you can go to any retailer you like.  Want a high-CBD banana muffin to ease your pain? Stop by my shop on 3rd street. Does your ailment benefit from Romulan-derived tincture to help with your chemo-induced nausea? The collective in Darby produces the best, and it’s available at retailers statewide. Looking for  a soaring cerebral experience from pre-rolled hemp-paper 2-gram joints  of Super Lemon Haze to inspire art, poetry, and conversation? Got you covered, at the boutique place on the 8th floor of the Millennium Building downtown.

Third, medical marijuana treats patients like second class citizens. In Montana, despite the media hype, a person must jump through various expensive bureaucratic hoops to get and stay legal. If your current doctor (if you are fortunate enough to have one) is too uninformed or afraid to sign the papers, then choosing a potentially-less-than-savory “clinic” is the next unpleasant step.  Then the government papers (hopefully) get sent off to a state agency for review. In weeks, or sometimes months, you get your card. I hope you chose a trustworthy caregiver. I hope their crop succeeds. I hope they don’t get busted. And, in a few months, you need to start thinking about the renewal process.

Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutic herbs known to humankind, less toxic than aspirin and less addictive than caffeine. Why not make it more accessible to people with dire medical conditions?

Further, does anyone believe that marijuana is too dangerous for healthy people? Come on.

Adults shouldn’t need permission from any doctor, any cop, any bureaucrat, to use this plant responsibly, whether it’s for medical, spiritual, artistic, social, or other personal reasons.

Legalization is the best thing for patients. Spread the word.

Montana NORML Newsletter – Meeting in Missoula, Repeal and Reality TV

November 12th, 2010

Good evening friends,

If you’d like to meet the Montana NORML team and join us for a conversation about our activities and plans, please come down to the Missoula Public Library at 2PM on Saturday, Nov 13th.Here’s the Facebook event page with details.

A big topic is likely to be the upcoming legislature and the changes we’re anticipating. Medical marijuana in Montana could be repealed this winter, literally turning thousands of people and hundreds of businesses into criminals overnight.

Already, scores of people have registered at candidates.montandrugpolicy.org to get alerts about key moments in the legislative process this winter at which it’ll be important for people to call and email their elected representatives. Please, take a moment and do so now.

But of course, as you all know, the goal of Montana NORML is to get past medical and remove the threat of arrest for responsible adult use of marijuana. So, we’re working towards introducing legislation which will do that, one way or another.

In the wake of the defeat of Prop 19 in California, National NORML came up with this list of 10 lessons for the next round of initiatives to end marijuana prohibition:

  1. We must explicitly protect medical marijuana rights.
  2. We must remember that people 18-25 are our biggest group of stakeholders and we cannot over-penalize them to appease our opponents.
  3. We must find a way to integrate the current illegal growers into a new legalized market.
  4. We cannot win until people are more scared of prohibition than they are of legalization.
  5. We must stop painting the marijuana as a bad thing that needs to be controlled.
  6. We must be realistic about what legalization can and cannot accomplish.
  7. Legalize first, then deal with the drug testing issue.
  8. You can’t “treat it like alcohol” unless you can test for it like alcohol on the roadside.
  9. Commercialization must be handled with consistent statewide regulation.
  10. Medical marijuana has reached its peak and is now inextricably linked to legalization.

Some of these may arouse some controversy and debate. What do you think?


We’ve received another casting call from reality TV producers. This time, it’s Firecracker Films, and they say:

I’m after BIG CHARACTERS and GROUPS / BUSINESSES in the medical
marijuana world – dispensaries, delivery businesses, collectives,
growers, evaluators, farmers and of course, patients. I’m looking for
fun straight-talking characters, humor and the type of team spirit
seen in shows such as History’s Pawn Stars or TLC’s Cake Boss.

Call 310 309 3942 and ask for Alice Sharpe if you want to know more.

And now, the news…

Montana Marijuana News

Don’t forget to register at http://candidates.montanadrugpolicy.org/ :)

Kindest regards.

Medical Marijuana in Montana Could be Repealed

November 5th, 2010

Unless you help.

The 2010 election was pretty much a disaster for cannabis advocates. Key legislative allies were defeated, and many people who are hostile to medical marijuana (and proud of it) were elected.

Montana’s medical marijuana law stands a real chance of being repealed (erased!) in a few months. At the very least it will surely be altered with severe restrictions.

Were you hoping we could add PTSD, or depression, or insomnia as qualifying conditions? Or increase plant counts? Think again. With this new legislature, there is very little chance for any positive improvements or expansions in the law.

At this point, our opponents are probably better funded and better organized. They are working hard to return us to a policy of total criminal prohibition of marijuana. Of course their position is based on lies and fear, but they are attracting a small army of supporters.

Our only chance to preserve to what we have is if people get organized. People like you.

Caregivers, the legislature could charge you exorbitant fees,  put you out of business, or instantly turn you into felons. You have an interest in doing the following:

  1. Make sure every one of your patients is registered to vote.  Print a stack of registration forms and hand them out at your dispensary. Ask to see their voter registration cards before giving them cannabis!
  2. Collect their email addresses and phone numbers.
  3. Have an action plan in place for contacting them all quickly.

Patients, the legislature could snatch this precious privilege away and turn you into criminals overnight, or restrict the list of qualifying conditions and renewal procedures so that your card simply expires and you cannot renew. You have an interest in doing the following:

  1. If you’re comfortable, come out of the closet. Tell your friends and neighbors you’re a registered patient and how marijuana helps you. Putting a human face on the topic may turn some people around. Tell them to tell their legislators.
  2. If you’re comfortable mentioning your debilitating medical condition in public, and are capable of speaking professionally, consider making a trip to Helena this winter to testify. There will be multiple opportunities. Contact us if you’re interested, as there may even be funds to offset travel and lodging.
  3. Be sure you’re on our email list to be notified.

Montana NORML and allied organizations statewide will be watching the legislative proceedings day-by-day, hour-by-hour. There will be times at which a key meeting or vote is about to be held. Those are the times we need to be able to quickly generate calls and emails from constituents to specific legislators.

Everyone, please go to http://candidates.montanadrugpolicy.org

  1. Click the map where you live.
  2. If you live in a major town like Billings or Missoula, you’ll get another map. Click where you live again.
  3. Next (this is the important part!), click the “I live in this district and want to help!”
  4. Fill in your name, email, and/or phone.  That’s it!

We’ll contact you when the legislator who represents you needs to hear your voice. We’ll also ask you to call five other people in your neighborhood and get them to make calls and send emails too. So think about who those five people will be.

This strategy does work. Calls and emails from the people in their home districts can change minds and generate helpful votes.

Let’s work together to stop the repeal of medical marijuana in Montana.  Will you join me today?