Montana Senate resuscitates medical marijuana repeal bill 29-21

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator March 31, 2011

    (NBC Montana) HELENA, Mont. — Senators endorsed a bill repealing medical marijuana shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday by a vote of 29-21. It needs one more, mostly procedural, vote to clear the chamber.

    The Senate began arguing the repeal after a last minute push got HB 161 to the Senate floor by a one-vote margin.

    Democrats say Republicans are going against what the public wants, but Republicans say what’s going on in Montana now isn’t what 62 percent of the voters approved several years ago.

    It looks like Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer may be all that stands between 28,000 patients returning to criminal status and protecting them from arrest. Call the governor and prevent the first ever marijuana reform state loss in forty years of drug war.

    Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
    Office of the Governor
    Montana State Capitol Bldg.
    P.O. Box 200801
    Helena MT 59620-0801
    (406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529

    106 responses to “Montana Senate resuscitates medical marijuana repeal bill 29-21”

    1. This is a sad day for medical marijuana… I feel for the patients in Montana, It’s a shame that a few people can do away with a law that took 62% of the voters to pass. What is America coming to?

    2. Kim Pickens says:

      Medical marijuana has helped better the lives of many that use it. I have back pain and have been prescribed muscle relaxers and strong pain medication. Personally I have issues with pharmesuticals and prefer a more natural approach to my pain. In free country I should be able to choose a natural remedy over an RX. The medical marijuana industry has put people to work at a time when there isn’t a lot of work. Please think carefully before allowing this bill to pass.

    3. Kevin Scott says:

      So sad to hear that patients in Montana have to deal with a handful of peoplel calling shots for a bunch.As a Californian Medical Marijuana is fluorishing helping patients all throughout our beloved State. The same political sickness that has ruined our country.When your kid,Grandkids find out about marijuana it will be some pusher educating them about it instead of having it controlled and regulated.No one in America should ever be criminalized for treating their own pain the way that works best for them.Until we Get the Blood suckers Out of Washington!!

    4. matt says:

      i think that he should not vote to repeal the right to medicinal patients. if he does, he is allowing people to die, and not get the right treatment they need.

    5. Ken Smith says:

      Disgusting- these politicians have no souls. Why can’t we institute legislature that requires all government and public servants to take a lie detector test each year before serving and ask them several questions, for example “do you have any stocks (in pharmaceutical, tobacco, alcohol, prison system, or any other corporation/origination) or benefit/gain any privileges or favor by imposing laws that strip patients and American citizens of rights, liberties or freedoms?
      Have you or any member of your staff engaged in corruption (which includes, back room deals, special favors, monetary or political bribery, etc)or introduced/pass laws, bills, rules or legislature that have harmed an individuals freedoms, rights or liberties, or harmed the environment or a person’s health?” Point being the politicians (who are daily destroying America and what it stood for) need to be under public and police observation, not the patients or grown adults.

    6. Chris says:

      Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the medical use of marijuana (Cannabis). Despite the good intentions of the State Legislature in its attempts to clarify the often confusing laws regarding the medicinal use of cannabis, you can still be prosecuted for it even if licensed for medical use by the State. The United States federal government does not currently recognize any legitimate medical use of marijuana.

      Eleven States, including Washington have made attempts to circumvent the Federal Controlled Substances Act to no avail. On June 6, 2005 the Supreme Court ruled in Gonzales v. Raich that Congress may ban the use of cannabis even where states approve its use for medicinal purposes. Unfortunately, if we were to pass HB 1550, it would make it even more confusing, not less. Unless the Food and Drug Administration reverses its position or there is an act of Congress marijuana will still be considered a controlled substance despite the efforts of the State Legislature to otherwise allow its use.

      Many local law enforcement agencies are required to enforce the federal law in exchange for federal dollars. So while the State of Washington may not be committing resources to implement the Federal Controlled Substances Act, local law enforcement agencies may still be required to impose it.

      I know this is not the answer you wanted to hear, I wish we could find an alternative way to help those who might benefit from the use of cannabis. Please know I understand your position, however this problem can only be addressed on a federal level. Thank you again for contacting me, I hope I have addressed your concerns.

      Judy Warnick
      (360) 786-7932
      Modular Building C, room 201
      PO Box 40600
      Olympia, WA 98504-0600

    7. 3141 - Brethren of the Genesist Faith . says:

      Prohib politicians wont give in until the last bribe has been taken – and we – well! – we wont understand the reality of it all until the sky falls and hits us on the head. Politics is on my list of things I’ll never understand. But – this I know for sure – big pharma wont give in until the last drug store has sold its last pill. Neither will the DEA give up until they have arrested their last victim.

      Our Montana brethren – unfortunately – 4-20 @ 4:20 has come a little early for you. Our prayers are for you. Today is a “call to action” – to all Genesists in the United States – to act for our brethren in Montana. Call (406) 444-3111 and give Schweitzer a piece of your mind.

    8. bryan brady says:

      The elected officials who are voting against marijuana have a legal agenda that they are making money off of. Lobbyist that are pumping money to the senate are from big pharma, oil industry, alcohol, and tobacco. They all have alot to lose when it becomes legal. The farmers are the ones most hurt with the present laws.

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    10. Stan Woldtvedt says:

      Governor Schweitzer, I am a constituent from Shelby, MT, that voted for you both times you ran to lead this great state. I am now asking you to reject the Medical Marijuana Repeal as a viable answer to the MMAct. There is a growing number of people who have testified to the efficacy of the herbal drug. I am one of them, as I got tossed one too many times, and have a bad neck for it. It is otherwise the least toxic, with fewer side effects, than any of the other prescribed drugs that I take for my pain. Please don’t let this legislature steam-roll over a law that was brought up and passed before the people, by an overwhelming majority, in the purest form of democracy, an initiative. Thank you, Stan Woldtvedt