Marijuana in Montana is at yet another crossroads.
Last week, the Montana Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision which temporarily suspended some of the worst parts of the legislature’s godawful SB423. The Supremes instructed the lower court to revisit the arguments under a different standard of law.
What’s this mean? In the short term, it’s possible that SB423 in its entirety could become the law of the land as early as September 26th: Providers may have only 3 patients, and marijuana must be given away for free, etc. – DPHHS has weighed in with this letter (PDF) about how they’re handling things. Additional legal proceedings could delay full implementation, which means that voters (that’s YOU) will likely decide SB 423′s fate on November 6th.
Under a heading of IR-124 (the petition that gathered over 35,000 signatures last summer), you’ll be asked to vote FOR/AGAINST SB423.
VOTE AGAINST SB423. (click to read more from Patients For Reform, Not Repeal)
*Code of the West Screenings*
For a remarkable, informative, beautifully-told documentary of how SB423 came to be, you must see *Code of the West*. Watch the trailer. Attend a screening (click for details) in Kalispell, Whitefish, Billings, Butte, Manhattan, Livingston, Red Lodge, Miles City, or Glendive. Spread the word. And bring a friend! Thank you, Montana ACLU, for making many of these screenings possible.
*My Personal Crossroads*
Since I started Montana NORML in 1998, the landscape of marijuana politics has changed significantly. And so have we all. After fourteen years of leading the organization (and, simultaneously, a high-tech business), the time is right for me to step back and help some new blood to take over. Since I announced back in May that Justin Michels was volunteering to take over leadership, he’s done a great job providing continuity and presence for the organization.
Today, I’m stepping aside and handing Justin the reins. I will still be involved in various transition and guidance roles through the end of the year, and I’ll always support marijuana law reform efforts.
Thank you to everyone who’s joined our mailing list, liked our Facebook page, and followed our Twitter feed. Thank you to everyone who has donated their time and money to the effort. And a special thank you to those of you who have suffered the indignities and stresses of being busted for activities that should not be crimes, and then risen up to fight back with your activism, your vote, your passion.
Montana NORML needs your help to continue this battle. If you’d like to get involved, as a board member, donor, volunteer, or you’d just like to pass along some words of support, please contact Justin and Heather, via email: justin at montananorml.org / heather at montananorml.org
I’ll wrap up as I have in countless newsletters over the years, with the latest headlines:
*Montana Marijuana News*
* Montana Supreme Court: No constitutional right to medical marijuana
* Voters to get say after court’s medical pot ruling
* Montana’s Restrictive Med Marijuana Law (SB423) Polls Under 50%
* 2012 Montana Cannabis Voting Guide
* Belgrade man admits to running medical marijuana operation
* State Supreme Court restores medical marijuana law
* Judge Christensen brings sanity to federal marijuana sentencing
* Miles City medical marijuana provider dies in federal custody
* MTCIA Working to Defeat SB423
* IR-124 Faces Uphill Battle
*Onwards, my friends, ever onwards.*