June 8th, 2010 marks the Montana primary election. If you’re not already registered, I hope you’ll register to vote asap.
We’ve spent the last few weeks compiling various information about the people for whom you’ll have the chance to vote, including responses to a survey (conducted by MT NORML), candidates’ public statements about marijuana policy, and their voting history on marijuana bills.
This has been our most ambitious Voter Guide in 12 years (here’s our first from 1999), and we hope you’ll find this one useful. If you care about where your representatives in Helena stand on marijuana issues, you need this guide:
We’ll update it periodically as new information becomes available.
By the way, if you ever want to contact us, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org — put “marijuana” in the subject line to help avoid our hungry spam filter. You should get an auto-response acknowledging your note within a few minutes.
And now, the news:
Montana Marijuana News
- Butte: No plans to restrict medical marijuana businesses (like Columbia Falls & Missoula, so far)
- AP Newswire: Montana, other states look for ways to curb medical marijuana gold rush
- Billings: City starts enforcement of moratorium, shuts down 25 businesses.
Montana Board of Medical Examiners released its position paper on medical marijuana, and then fined a doctor $2000, despite the law. Here’s what the doctor says.
- Whitefish: City delays vote on medical marijuana regulations
- Montana’s top narcotics cop Mark Long stopped at one of his many town hall meetings in Anaconda to express the harms of medical marijuana.
- Anaconda: Caregiver busted for too many plants.
- Ravalli County: Axe-handle assault team pleads not guilty in “medical marijuana beatdown”
- Billings Gazette Op-Ed: Consensus can solve medical marijuana problems
- Mineral County: Insights on the role the drug war plays for law enforcement from the Sheriff himself.
- Missoula: NORML Insights from the “Candidating” Forum about local candidates
Marijuana News from Beyond Montana
- Oakland: Cannabis Farm Study stuns industry, officials: A 7-acre warehouse complex of large-scale cannabis farming would result in 371 jobs and 58lbs of cannabis production per day and generate $59 million per year.
- Missouri: The pot-hunting, dog-killing SWAT team was found innocent of wrongdoing.
- Marijuana Arrests Continue To Drive Drug ‘Treatment’ Boom
- California: Latest polls on marijuana legalization
- California: Tax Cannabis!
- New Jersey: Governor seeks to delay country’s most restrictive medical marijuana law by 12 months
As for making marijuana legal in Montana, we’re working in earnest to develop a policy that would treat cannabis more like beer or wine: homegrown allowed, licensed commercial producers, and licensed commercial retailers responsible for age verification of customers. Next step will be to find a legislator with the courage to introduce a bill (we have a few ideas already, but if you’ve got advice, we’re happy to hear it).
Finally — I’ve heard rumors that some people who previously supported Montana NORML now have developed a conspiracy theory in which we want Walmart/Budweiser-type corporations to rule the cannabis industry. This is just not true.
An essential part of any cannabis regulation plan we would support is home cultivation of some reasonable quantity, just as we do with beer and wine. Most people don’t brew their own beer, but some do. We anticipate the same would be true of cannabis.
If you have lingering concerns, please let us know.
Onwards and upwards!
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