Montana NORML News
Good evening everyone.
We’re told that earlier today in Missoula, a prominent storefront caregiver was paid a visit by the state Drug Task Force guys. They rolled up in a black SUV, interviewed a patient exiting the premises, and then came in to ask questions. After some conversation, they were shown the garden, counted plants, and, satisfied, gave the following advice before leaving:
- Hash is always illegal. They are prosecuting any amount of hash, and have two cases in court already.
- If it has roots, it’s a plant.
- Medibles/tinctures are not on their radar — this week anyway.
- Despite some creative interpretations to the contrary, caregivers may only sell to patients who have designated them, and only if the physical card is in the caregiver’s possession. They intend to bust those who bend this rule.
- They are also very interested to bust growers acquiring marijuana from the criminal black market, particularly those who transport over state lines.
- The best news: They told the caregiver that they realize “marijuana is here to stay“.
Other growers should take heed, count their plants, and review their procedures.
The gathering storm of medical marijuana backlash continued in Montana this week, with many stories of hand-wringing sheriffs and agitated city council folk. Of course the news articles pose the entire issue as a struggle rife with conflict, which sells papers, but isn’t entirely accurate.
I’ve spoken with numerous caregivers who would welcome some regulatory guidance, so it’s not as if government officials are totally on one side and all growers on the other. Some city leaders are woefully misinformed about the law and marijuana (such as the one who emailed us to express their astonishment that growers were not allowed to sell marijuana (false, in Montana)), so candid, honest, righteous, forthright conversations need to be happening.
And remember — today’s “medical marijuana caregivers” will be tomorrow’s “legal marijuana producers”, so the extent to which they can become a respected and effective political bloc is really important, if you want marijuana to be legal for all responsible adults. I’m so looking forward to getting past medical. Let me know if you agree.
And now, the news:
- Marijuana Education Day: Apr 19th, Missoula
- Global Marijuana March: May 1st, Missoula (can you distribute posters or organize a march in your neck of the woods? Let us know!)
- Green Prom: 4/20, Missoula, details forthcoming.
- Love Your Mother Earth Festival: June 11-13, Rock Creek Lodge
- Cannabliss Cup? June 19th, Whitefish
- Marijuana Education Fair: Aug 12-15, Ryan Creek Meadows
- National NORML Conference: Sep 9-11, Portland Oregon!
Please let us know of other marijuana-friendly events.
Montana Marijuana News
- Ganga Gourmet: Tasty Treats in Missoula
- (In)famous Missoula Lawyer Ponders Murky Marijuana Laws
- As marijuana booms, law enforcement stymied – NW Montana
- Columbia Falls decides to leave medical marijuana alone.
- Havre blog ponders medical marijuana “unresolved problems”.
- Great Falls medical marijuana zoning battle - pot denied.
- Bozeman passes marijuana zoning.
- Laurel schedules a “marijuana information meeting” to explain how bad it is.
- Libby tackles concerns with medical marijuana providers.
Other Marijuana News
- Legalizing marijuana is America’s top issue, again.
- “Patients Versus Prosecutors” – a Colorado story that might get written in Montana next year during the legislature.
- Our new Drug Czar explains why Obama will never legalize marijuana. And some bad-ass commentary on the story.
- Wal-Mart will fire you if you are a medical marijuana patient.
- California edging closer to legalization. Keeping an eye on it.
- Colorado attorney achieves return of two pounds of pot. Nicely done.
- 3-Time Iditarod Champ Still Leads the Way Without Pot.
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