Senate Subcommittee Keeps Working on MMJ Bill
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Senate Subcommittee Keeps Working on MMJ Bill
Posted by CN Staff on March 22, 2011 at 19:59:06 PT
By Charles S. Johnson, Gazette State Bureau 
Source: Billings Gazette
Helena -- A Senate subcommittee continued its work Tuesday on a new bill seeking to create a much tighter medical marijuana system in Montana, with the goal of greatly restricting the number of people eligible for cards to legally use it.The three-member panel will meet again Wednesday morning with hopes of completing the bill, which would be introduced later in the day. The plan is for the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a public hearing Friday morning on the bill.The bill would be debated on the Senate floor Saturday, Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
"I anticipate under this new approach we're going to have a significantly diminished number of cardholders," said the panel's chairman, Sen. Jeff Essmann R-Billings. "I'm anticipating less than 2,000."As of February, 28,739 people were authorized to use medical marijuana in Montana. The lion's share of them obtained cards citing various kinds of severe and chronic pain.The proposed bill, which would follow New Mexico's model, would make it much harder for people claiming severe and chronic pain to obtain cards.A patient would be required to see his primary physician at least four times over six months for the doctor to be allowed to recommend that the person use medical marijuana.The patient then would have to get a second physician with experience in serious pain modulation to sign off on their primary physician's recommendation.Essmann said the bill is intended to be adopted in conjunction with another bill, House Bill 161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, that would repeal the current law. Voters approved an initiative in 2004 to legalize medical marijuana.Although HB161 passed the House, the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked over it last week. It remains in committee."I think they both need to pass to make this work," Essmann said after the meeting.The proposed bill also would prohibit storefront businesses from selling medical marijuana and would ban any advertising and promotion.The bill would allow a licensed patient to grow a specified number of marijuana plants and seedlings with the help of a volunteer assistant.For those licensed patients who are in hospices, nursing homes or rental property where they are forbidden to grow marijuana, they could buy it from certain entities run by a five-member advisory board that would sell it to them. However, the sales would be on a "reimbursed cost basis, not for a profit," a move intended to take some of the money out of the current system.Licensed couriers would have to deliver the medical pot to patients.Other members of the subcommittee are Sens. Cliff Larsen, D-Missoula, and Chas Vincent, R-Libby.Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Author: Charles S. Johnson, Gazette State Bureau Published:  March 22, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on March 24, 2011 at 07:54:01 PT
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That's kind of how the Montana legislature is curing people as well.They use their energy and healing power of legislation to magically cure more than 20,000 people who previously used cannabis for chronic pain!It's a miracle!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on March 23, 2011 at 11:13:37 PT
Jesus healed in this way.
Jesus had the power to elevate ones energy field to a level that is higher than pathogens can tolerate. It is like electrocuting foreign bodies in our system with elevated inner current.Endo-electrocurrents are the spark of life and can be raised or lowered. People who are ill are running on low frequency current and healthy people are on a high frequency. Jesus was on a high frequency I am sure.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on March 23, 2011 at 10:58:03 PT
I promied someone on here....
... that I would find the proper spelling for the Star-Wars medicine cures. This is the compound; Tetra-silver/Tetra-oxide.The interaction between the two create an energy field that is in harmony with humans but too hot for pathogens.Also they tell me that H2O2 is a miracle cure for many uses. Hydrogenperoxide is down played by medical science because it is a cure and would ruin the market for many "treatments".
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on March 23, 2011 at 09:31:49 PT
What is the burden of proof for a prescription pain reliever?Why diminish the need to treat chronic pain? Is this based on some twisted, moralistic need for people to suffer? Why would the use of expensive, patented, and far more dangerous synthetic pain relievers receive preferential legal treatment and availability?
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Comment #1 posted by mrjones on March 22, 2011 at 22:40:37 PT:
pu Lease... is this for real?
So... the federales come in and aren't going to disturb the patients, just the people who take care of them,(and anyone making political noise) the state, on the other hand, is going to figure out how to deny the patients need. Furthermore, are they really saying they are going to require a minimum of 9 doctor visits per year (minimum $1,000) in order to maintain a registry status? and who is the 5 member board who is going to grow for ALL the people who can't grow for themselves? No more care givers? is that what I hear them saying? Isn't that like... Monopoly? isn't there an anti trust law? a federal one? but, oh, wait.  Montana legislators don't feel the need to follow federal law, except.... the marijuana one. really? Really? I say, call a Mulligan. put it back to vote. In the mean time, get a panal of citizen representatives to put together fair and reasonable guidelines for a law. Something that serves the patients and community alike. This is insanity...
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