Montana’s Gov. Schweitzer Vetoes Medical Marijuana Repeal Bill, But Patients Are Still At Risk

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 14, 2011

    Yesterday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer — a Democrat — vetoed House Bill 161, a GOP-backed measure to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical marijuana law.

    NORML would like to thank its allies, particularly Montana NORML and Patients and Families United for their tireless work on behalf of this issue, as well as all of you who took the time to contact the Governor and urged him to kill this draconian measure.

    Unfortunately, Montana’s 28,000+ patients are not out of the woods just yet. In recent weeks, lawmakers have gotten behind a separate effort, Senate Bill 423, to severely restrict existing patients’ access to cannabis. According to a summary of the measure in the Billings Gazette: “The latest version of SB423 seeks to greatly limit the number of people licensed to use medical marijuana, now at 28,300, with backers hoping to bring that number fewer than 2,000. SB423 first would repeal the current law and shut down medical pot growing and dispensing operations on July 1.”

    Our allies Patients and Families United have called SB 423, as presently amended, “Repeal in Disguise.” You can learn more about this measure and its up-to-date status on the P&FU Facebook page here or on the Montana NORML Facebook page here. Action alerts regarding this measure are available at the Montana NORML homepage. You can also contact/call your specific individual state lawmakers and urge them to vote ‘no’ on SB 423 via the Montana Government’s ‘Find a Legislator’ page here.

    You may also wish to contact the office of Gov. Schweitzer and thank him for his veto decision, and also urge him to continue to stand up for Montana’s patients. E-mail or call the Governor here.

    No state has ever repealed or severely restricted their medical marijuana following its implementation. Do not let Montana be the first. Get active; get NORML.

    40 responses to “Montana’s Gov. Schweitzer Vetoes Medical Marijuana Repeal Bill, But Patients Are Still At Risk”

    1. tlc says:

      This is strictly rhetorical, but exactly when are those new Republican congressmen that ran on placing the creation of jobs as their main priority actually going to focus on creating jobs? Just what are they trying to accomplish? One can’t help but wonder who they are actually doing the bidding of. In this day, I find it difficult to believe they think taking protections from patients is somehow protecting society. It all appears to be an orchestrated push.

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    3. Randy A. Black says:

      Taking into consideration the amount of damages, the number of deaths and health problems associated with the products approved as the legal options for all citizens, it shouldn’t take a lot of common sense to see they aren’t the right product for some of the people. I would like to think there are intelligent people who understand that consuming marijuana can’t be wrong for all the people, just some of the people. It is my opinion that continuing to impose upon and intimidate people to consume products that their bodies may not accept is a violation of the laws of nature.
      It’s disturbing that our ability to be recognized as respectable citizens is being defined by what we possess to consume, instead of by how we treat the people we share our communities with, or by whether we have the morals to accept responsibility for any damages or deaths we cause by our actions and decisions.

    4. Nic says:

      Yesterday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer — a human being and a Governor — vetoed House Bill 161, a GOP-backed measure to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical marijuana law.

      What is it with the republicans in Montana.

      My first thoughts are to decrease the size of Big Government, most of us have to get past the labels of democrat or republican, the bottom line is We The People have no more money to pay The bIG government.


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    5. Rebel with a Cause says:

      Prohibitionists in Montana, and the rest of the nation, cannot win their war until they win the hearts and the minds of we the people – which they have lost and continue to lose in large numbers. They’re a snow ball headed for hell. When prohibitionists stand in congress, they refer to each other as the distinguished gentleman or gentle women. Prohibs are hardly a gentle anything – they are however distinguishable from reasonable and rational representatives.

    6. Cat Cassie says:

      What is with these Lawmakers in Montana? How could anyone be so heartless as to take away someones medicine. I’m sure a lot of it is lifesaving medicine. My heart goes out to all of those MMJ people. Maybe if there government gets sued a few times by the family members of MMJ patients because their loved ones condition gets so bad they may not recover or worse lose them, then I bet they might change this stupid cruel move.

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