Crackdown on Medical Marijuana is Coming
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Crackdown on Medical Marijuana is Coming
Posted by CN Staff on March 19, 2011 at 08:21:59 PT
By Tim Trainor, Montana Standard
Source: Billings Gazette
Butte, MT -- State Rep. Jon Sesso, D-Butte, told the Montana Bar Association Friday to expect the Legislature to clamp down on medical marijuana. Sesso, the House minority leader, who spoke to the lawyers' group in Butte, said he anticipates significant reform, but not outright repeal of the 2004 Medical Marijuana Act."The abusers will be on notice, probably in the next 30 days," said Sesso. "If you aren't legitimately sick, you are not going to be able to use (medical marijuana)." He said legislators recognize that abuse of the law is overriding its merits and that reform is necessary.
Numerous bills are working their way through the Senate and more moving through the House. Sesso said he expects a bill combining some of their elements will be enacted this session. Particulars about how the final products will look, however, remain unknown."Today's report will be essentially obsolete tomorrow," Sesso said. "24 hours means a lot in the legislative session and things are moving as we speak."Changes have already been enacted, such as House Bill 19, which put medial marijuana under the Clean Air Act and forbid smoking in enclosed public places.But the Legislature is toying with a number of other ways to tinker with the law. Some of the bills being debated include provisions for making it illegal for felons to become caregivers, forbidding those on probation from using medical marijuana, clarifying the conditions that qualify for the drug, prohibiting physicians from having financial ties to the marijuana industry and requiring product labeling.Sesso said the problems with medical marijuana law snuck up on the Legislature because at first the program was working as designed.In 2009, five years after the referendum passed, 1,500 Montanans used medical marijuana. Those patients suffered from cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and other serious ailments. But in 2010, fueled by an "explosion" of touring clinics and doctors that gave out thousands of scripts, more than 4,000 patients were joining the rolls each month.That is when Sesso said he realized there was a problem with the system.He said he still wants legitimate users to have access to marijuana if they wish. But he warned the thousands of patients that signed on in the wave of 2010, many of whom cited vague health problems, should prepare to do without legal access to marijuana.The thousands of new caregivers, too, may find that the drug is not going to be the moneymaking industry they may have imagined. Caregivers may be limited to the number of customers they can have and the federal government, which recently conducted raids on two of the largest producers in the state, may have a say in that matter, too."The word is out that the federal government is not going to make medical marijuana a low priority, but will enforce the law as it is intended - as a Tier 1 drug subject to prosecution," he said.Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Author: Tim Trainor, Montana Standard Published:  March 19, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by museman on March 20, 2011 at 11:28:37 PT
What they do
"But the Legislature is toying with a number of other ways to tinker with the law."Isn't that what they get 'paid' for? What else do they have to do except fuck with liberty and freedom? Do they care about the suffering of their so-called 'constituents?' Do they care that the people have grown beyond their 'big brother,' misplaced idea of superiority and their ignorant belief that the people aren't capable of deciding their own fate?No, all they care about is their medieval practices of power and control, their money and power -whether or not they can satisfy their various perversions (there are many other forms of perversion besides just sexual) and material lusts.The 'law' is perverse at this point, and anyone who claims to be 'upholding' it is just a pervert in denial.Soon we are going to have to provide rehabilitation centers for lawyers and politicians, because their use has come and gone. Their fundamental purposes were never about any of their claims of service and 'lawful righteousness' but about perpetuation of the dominion of their elitist masters -in power since Sumeria.As soon as all my brothers and sisters out there relinquish their misplaced belief in failed systems, we can get on with life on planet earth. Fortunately many people in the world (other than the USA) are beginning to see the real criminality that goes on behind the curtains of government everywhere, and as the economies crumble, the top-heavy infrastructures of energy-wasteful NOT LOCAL supply systems fail to deliver fake food to all the fake stores, people (in america) will begin to look to reality once again for survival, and all the hot air coming from the 'public houses' will not even float a balloon.But the 'jobs'! OMG! What'll we do if we can't 'buy' or 'pay?' How about some legitimate labor; like growing your own food in neighborhood gardens, discovering things like the Tessla 'Onan generator' and hand powered cars, and many many other solutions to the life-devouring systems in place and serving the elite (because they can CONTROL them).Argue for fossil fuels. Lets have more Nuclear Reactors! And Pot? No way! Pot smoking is the Gateway to liberty. Can't have that and still maintain the past and current choke hold on peoples lives.Montana, do you think its time to let your 'public servants' know who works for whom? -or at least what the legal lip-service to 'law' (which is just a placebo offered to the ignorant public, as no 'law' serves free people. Free people are the 'law') No, just throw 'em out and start talking reality.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 19, 2011 at 08:49:04 PT
Many years and many excuses [reasons] later?
Over the past 70 years the face of cannabis has changed many times in the propaganda campaigns put out by the feds.The evils of hemp and cannabis change with the times to suit the social moors of the day. Now however, every falsity and lie have been revealed. Now they seem to be touting nothing more than the "Ghost of Reefer Madness, Past". Since their campaign against cannabis has lost all credibility and popular opinion is firmly against them, they resort to brute force and will not let up in the face of all legal, logical, or constitutional reasoning.Only one conclusion I can come to; greed is behind it all!
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