Legislator's Bill Would Put MMJ Repeal on Ballot 
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Legislator's Bill Would Put MMJ Repeal on Ballot 
Posted by CN Staff on March 21, 2011 at 19:57:09 PT
By The Missoulian State Bureau
Source: Missoulian
Helena, MT --  As legislators discuss repealing or amending the state's medical marijuana law, a Kalispell lawmaker wants to give Montanans another chance to vote on the issue."Even good golfers use a Mulligan now and again," said Rep. Keith Regier of Kalispell, referring to a golfer's do-over of a drive.
The House Human Services Committee had a short hearing Monday on his House Bill 175, which would ask voters in November 2012 whether they are for or against repealing the Montana Medical Marijuana Act.In 2004, Montana voters approved, by 62 percent to 38 percent, an initiative to allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.Since fall 2009, the number of medical marijuana cardholders has skyrocketed in Montana and now tops 28,300.Under HB175, the version of the law that contains any modifications made by the 2011 Legislature would be presented to voters to decide whether to repeal or keep the law.Jim Smith, representing sheriffs, supported the bill, saying the group is "very comfortable" putting the issue before voters again.But Tom Daubert, an author of the 2004 ballot issue, opposed the bill."I think the law needs a lot fixing," he said. "I don't think it's that hard to do."Bruce Scharf, one of the state's first 300 cardholders, said medical marijuana has helped him function better."If the repeal was to take place, it would hurt so many patients and the quality of their lives," Scharf said. "We just need to tweak the regulations and get it back under control."The committee took no immediate action on the bill.Source: Missoulian (MT) Published: March 21, 2011Copyright: 2011 Missoulian Contact: oped missoulian.comWebsite URL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on March 23, 2011 at 06:06:34 PT
Thank you for the link. I wish this had been done when we had a chance for change in our state. Now we have a Republican Governor who is planning on privatizing our prison system.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on March 22, 2011 at 21:00:33 PT
Ooops! Me, too!
Should have used Tiny URL. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on March 22, 2011 at 20:39:21 PT
Organic Marijuana Greenhouse and Farms Could Open in Ohio in 2012
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 22, 2011 at 16:28:21 PT
Had Enough
It makes me smile when I see you comment. 
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on March 22, 2011 at 15:07:09 PT
Opps!!! sorry about that dongenero
After I posted that I realized it was in your post…And the same goes for you and the others that are here as I commented to the museman…I enjoy the vibes…ThankYhha VarryMuch…:)
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on March 22, 2011 at 15:01:23 PT
Re: musenan… That was good
“” Maybe some freedom minded neighboring countries will help us with a no-fly-zone against the DEA.””That was good…so was the rest of it too!!!I always enjoy reading and feeling the vibes…Thank You museman.
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on March 22, 2011 at 13:41:33 PT
I think the strength is not so much in a violent approach as it is in a peaceful and dare I say "righteous" approach.Violence makes an impression and strikes fear and submission in the weak and disenfranchised and those marginalized. But, it doesn't win the hearts and minds.(Think, Govt. prohibitionists vs cannabis supporters or Gaddafi vs freedom protesters, Taliban vs hapless villagers.)The peaceful protesters in the middle east have wielded far more power for change and for global support than have the violent methods of Al Qaeda or the Gaddafi regime.Peaceful cannabis reform efforts from a position of freedom and justice will wield far more power for change than the violent, unjust and malevolent methods of the prohibitionists.Nonetheless, change has to be demanded. And as with Gaddafi, sometimes the evil kooks do not want to give up or give in. In Gaddafi's case, he was the one that decided it would be violent conflict. Maybe some freedom minded neighboring countries will help us with a no-fly-zone against the DEA. 
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Comment #6 posted by museman on March 22, 2011 at 11:09:27 PT
"These Bible-bangers and prohibitionists respect strength, so why don't we go in STRONG?"Who says 'Strength' has to be violent? (all those tea-baggers, prohibitionists and bible thumpers)There is greater strength in one who upholds their convictions without the insecure need to defend them, than in the easy destruction fostered by the war mongering corporate ways and means that have successfully brainwashed the general masses for centuries.The original "strength" that is the foundation of christianity, is the strength of character, faith, and belief that was exemplified in the man, and the actual history of Yashua ben Joseph. The fact that the religion never really got that fact (among most of the other teachings) is due to a lot of deliberate manipulation by the powers that be in every generation.In our town, every Saturday from noon to 12:30 "Women against War -and friends" stand silently in protest for the war that still continues -but no longer gets much attention theses days -contrary to the big hoopla during Bush/s reign of idiocy-. Every Saturday. Without fail, No signs, no yelling, no slogans, just people standing up for peace, peacefully. I really relate.Real Strength, is often more silent than not. The violent bully who wears a gun and badge is lauded by the corporate controlled media as being 'strong and heroic' and the dumb, and dumber willing slave population eats it up. They think muscle is strength.Will is the strongest 'strength' we have. -for better or worse- and ignorance fuels violence, while knowledge and truth often abide and grow in silence while the exhibitionists are out flaunting their 'muscles.'The strongest man is one who will not be moved in their conviction, no matter what threat, intimidation, or hyper-drama is thrown at them.These are the last battles. The 'war' was won a long time ago, just waiting for the consciousness of man to wake up to the fact. When enough do that, the scales will topple like the two towers, and the only casualties will be the stubborn, who cling to error because they are habitually too spiritually lazy to change.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #5 posted by Storm Crow on March 22, 2011 at 10:52:01 PT
Solidarity? YES!!!
Strong Support? YES! Vocal as heck? YES! Violence?- NO WAY!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 22, 2011 at 07:55:11 PT
I agree with The GCW. I look at it this way. Cannabis is not a substance that causes someone to become violent. If violence occurred they would blame the plant. They'd say something like see marijuana does cause people to go mad. 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 22, 2011 at 05:57:23 PT
No violence.
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on March 22, 2011 at 05:14:44 PT:
The Repeal effort
Y'know, I'm getting sick and tired of scumbags like these Conservatives shoving their ignorant beliefs down everybody's throat. I know that you guys may not agree with what I'm about to say but, perhaps we should stop being such pacifists. These Bible-bangers and prohibitionists respect strength, so why don't we go in STRONG? Since violence is all they understand, then that is what we should give them. If we do that, I guarantee that they'll be singing a different tune.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 22, 2011 at 00:55:13 PT
Fighting tooth and nail!
Remember it is just a plant, but the most powerful plant on earth. There is not another issue including abortion, war, or economics that the feds have been so consistent about funding and enforcing. The longest lasting war in American history is just 27 years short of the "Hundred Years War".The feds do not enforce any other law so vigorously as the law against this plant. If anyone is paying attention, they notice and wonder at the feds and their cannophobia.I doubt that the little tin soldiers in the DEA and other alphabet soup government agencies know what the struggle is all about. They use slogans and derogatory names to address cannabis and people associated with it to belittle our culture and make it easier for brainwashed little suburbanite wannabe Rambos to wrap their little pea-brain heads around the abuse and destruction they perpetrated upon their fellow countrymen and their homelands.The fed does not care about "The People". Our government does to us and our planet more harm than any outside enemy ever could in the name of greed and power.We know it is not about getting high or even saving folks from the evils of this miracle plant. It is about keeping this plant and its many powers, away from the masses. The self empowering plant does not portend well for seated power or amassed wealth. Like sprinkling seeds of freedom across the land hemp would redistribute wealth and power around the globe in a few short decades.I know this, they know this and you know this, something has got to give!
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