A few things on my mind tonight. First and foremost are two wacky letters to the editor that appeared in Montana papers today.
The first is from an out-of-state lifelong prohibitionist who believes that anyone who smokes a joint is supporting the “Afghanistani” terrorists who caused 9/11. (Yes, I know most of that sentence is absurd).
The second is from a surgeon in Lewistown who believes our medical marijuana law is a “threat to civil society” and needs to be updated in various ways, such as 5-doctor panels, $1000 6-month re-certification fees, 30-year age requirements on caregivers, and malpractice insurance requirements.
You can read both and weep, or laugh, or scream, or post outraged comments on the newspaper website or Facebook. But you will not be helping.
The way to respond to ludicrous letters in the paper is to respond with a letter of your own. It needs to be well reasoned and brief. It should be sent in the next few days, and reference the original.
And obviously, we think it should propose taxing and regulating cannabis for all adults, as the solution to the medical marijuana conundrum.
Here’s a reason to write the letter: politicians (known for listening carefully to which way the wind is blowing) pay “clipping services” to gauge the opinion of society, and what appears in the opinion section of the paper is a major part of that. They figure that for everyone who writes a letter, there are at least a hundred people who didn’t bother. Which will you be?
If you need help, let me know.
Next, I had the opportunity to speak with an employee of the Missoula Police Department today. We talked about the craziness of the medical marijuana scene, and he told stories about 23-yr-old dudes walking in grinning, cards in hand, asking for their “weed” back. He went on to talk about how the medical marijuana law needs to be severely restricted to people on the verge of death for whom nothing else works, etc etc.
I said, “Or, we could treat it more like beer.”
He immediately nodded and said, “Sure, but for now it’s medical and….”
That was enlightening to me. He agreed that the beer model works for cannabis. I think most people do. If we could just get past medical.
You should know by now that the legislative committee working on medical marijuana for the state of Montana has been hard at work this summer.
If you are closely following the progress of the revisions to Montana’s medical marijuana bill, these reports will be of interest. Included on the list are law enforcement recommendations, a review of Colorado’s recent medical marijuana changes, ambiguities in the definition of a “patient”, etc. Click here and spend an hour reviewing what the state’s been discussing.
Finally, I’ve come to understand that the organizers of the Bozeman Hempfest are not happy with NORML, and in fact intend to pass out fliers at the event urging visitors to “boycott” Montana NORML. If you decide to pay the entry fee and attend the event, I encourage you to request a conversation with the event organizers to hear their argument. I’ve tried, but don’t understand it.
Enough. Here’s the latest news:
- Poplar police chief’s home searched for suspected marijuana growing
- WSJ: How to deal with medical cannabis in the workplace?
- Marijuana cookies possible defense in double shooting of wife, nanny
- Poplar police chief not a patient, arrested for growing marijuana
- Colorado rakes in $7 million in marijuana licensing fees – Montana next?
- Missoula man pleads guilty to selling black-market marijuana to caregivers
- Montana: Medical marijuana users must be state residents
- Letter to editor in Missoula Indy demands a response. Will you join me?
- Viewpoint: Let’s clear up the very flawed Medical Marijuana Act
- Cannabusiness medical marijuana documentary playing Saturday on Montana PBS
- In other news, no Mexicans killed over Corona beer
Keep on keepin’ on.