House Votes To Repeal Medical Marijuana Law
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House Votes To Repeal Medical Marijuana Law
Posted by CN Staff on February 10, 2011 at 15:50:16 PT
By Charles S. Johnson, Gazette State Bureau
Source: Billings Gazette
Helena, MT --  By a 63-37 margin, the Montana House voted Thursday to repeal the voter-passed 2004 law that legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.House Bill 161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, was then sent to the House Appropriations Committee to look at the fiscal impact of repealing the law. The bill would then return to the House for a final vote before going to the Senate.
The vote was nearly by party lines, with 62 Republicans and one Democrat voting for HB161, while 31 Democrats and six Republicans opposed it.Milburn said Montana has experienced "an uncontrolled epidemic" with medical marijuana, one that is undermining the fabric of life in Montana, including in schools."It's time to take back the state and its culture," he said.But opponents including Rep. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, said there are better ways to address the medical marijuana surge than repealing the law. Her HB68, drafted by an interim legislative committee, and SB154, by Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, both impose licensing and regulatory structures for the industry."We tried prohibition once and it didn't work," she said, referring to the ban on alcoholic beverages."It is not going away," she said of medical marijuana. "It does have a legitimate medical use."If Milburn's bill passes, the repeal would take effect July 1.Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Author: Charles S. Johnson, Gazette State Bureau Published:  February 10, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on February 11, 2011 at 02:06:22 PT
Time for a big flush in Montana!
OK Montana, who's your daddy? Does Milburn speak for the whole state or just his corporate sponsors?If I could be in a locked room with Milburn for five minutes, I could teach him to sing a new tune!
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Comment #1 posted by christ on February 10, 2011 at 20:51:56 PT
senate bill? 
Does the Montana senate also have to pass some form of the bill?What are these repubs thinking?! Most republican voters must've voted for mmj. The incumbents are going down in the next election.
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