Medical Marijuana Groups Form Coalition
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Medical Marijuana Groups Form Coalition
Posted by CN Staff on January 06, 2011 at 19:11:57 PT
By The Gazette State Bureau 
Source: Billings Gazette
Helena, MT -- Leaders of groups involved in medical marijuana issues said Wednesday that they are integrating their efforts to preserve patients' rights in the face of opposition and backlash at the Montana Legislature. They urged medical marijuana patients and caregivers around the state to join the effort in a constructive way."With two dozen bills being drafted relating to medical marijuana and a lot of support among legislators to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law completely, we face an uphill climb to overcome the distortions and misperceptions that unethical behavior by a few has incited," said Tom Daubert of Helena, founder and director of Patients & Families United.
The fact remains that medical marijuana "is greatly improving the quality of life and productivity of thousands of Montanans who suffer diverse health problems," Daubert said.House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, is sponsoring a bill to repeal the state's medical marijuana law, which 62 percent of Montana voters passed as a ballot initiative in 2004. A number of other bills seek to control and regulate the industry.Daubert, who helped draft the voter-passed 2004 initiative legalizing medical marijuana, said he believes consensus solutions are possible at the Legislature "because the goals of patients and those of local governments aren't mutually exclusive at all."He conceded that the actions of some in the medical marijuana industry had been harmful. Some former employees have accused Jason Christ of the Montana Caregivers Network of having a stockpile of medical marijuana cards pre-signed by physicians for future patients."It's no secret that ostentatious and opportunistic behavior of a few, exploiting the law's loopholes and gray areas for their own financial gain, have shattered public understanding of the law's importance and now jeopardize the future of patients' rights in Montana," Daubert said.The coalition, which will focus on public education and "patient empowerment," includes Patients & Families United, Citizens for Responsible Crime Policy, the Montana Medical Growers Association, the Alliance for Cannabis Science, Montana NORML and Montanans for Responsible Legislation.Several caregiver operations are involved as well as a publication for medical marijuana patients and two laboratories that conduct quality-control testing of marijuana and its byproducts.Daubert said Patients & Families United has launched a Facebook page to track legislative actions. Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 07, 2011 at 14:18:58 PT
Runruff comment 1
Over the years, I've run on to, a few times, a certain bit or strain of cannabis that made a noticeable, obvious, remarkable, albeit, seemingly temporary, but drastic improvement in my vision. I've known other people to experience this effect, too.Obviously, you have the right kind for that effect.Congratualtions, man! Congratulations.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 07, 2011 at 13:37:27 PT
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on January 07, 2011 at 03:31:52 PT
Improved my eyesight!
Around here my wife and I comment on my improving eyesight since I have been home from prison for doing time for the crime of trying to save my eyes.I can pretty much see without glasses of any kind lately. For years I needed powerful reading glasses, now, I don't read with glasses at all. My far vision is improving while I am told it should be getting weaker.These improvements started after I returned from prison and my doctor[who by the way is on the same treatment as I am for the same thing]put me on cannabis strait out. My eyes have been improving ever since.Cosopt is the $750.00 per once eye drops that only work minimally but the worst of the Cosopt is it contains steroids which my health professional wife says is very bad for me especially to put into my eyes and right into my brain.
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