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The Voice Of The People Will Be Heard

by: Rob Kailey

Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 14:06:24 PM MST


As of today, Montana Secretary of State Linda McColluch's office has certified Initiative Referendum number 124 for the November 2011 ballot.  The signatures have been gathered (well more than needed) and Montana has the opportunity to tell our state legislature not to go about thwarting the will of the people, a will we've already voted on.

To all activists and partisans, i urge you to read the text of the IR carefully, and frame it in the manner I have here.  Those who would support the loathsome SB 423 will attempt to frame this as a vote on whether we still favor unbridled use of marijuana.  That isn't what IR-124 is about.  It's about whether we support the legislature in repealing a good initiative, voted on by all Montanans, in favor of a weak attempt to control what the state favors. IR-124 is not about whether Montana favors the use of medical marijuana.  That was decided when the voters approved I-148.  This Referendum is specifically about spanking SB 423, or supporting it.  Ballot language in full, below the fold:

Rob Kailey :: The Voice Of The People Will Be Heard
INITIATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 124

AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE REFERRED BY REFERENDUM PETITION

In 2004, Montana voters approved I-148, creating a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Senate Bill 423, passed by the 2011 Legislature, repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program, which includes: permitting patients to grow marijuana or designate a provider; limiting each marijuana provider to three patients; prohibiting marijuana providers from accepting anything of value in exchange for services or products; granting local governments authority to regulate marijuana providers; establishing specific standards for demonstrating chronic pain; and reviewing the practices of doctors who certify marijuana use for 25 or more patients in a 12-month period.

If Senate Bill 423 is affirmed by the voters, there will be no fiscal impact because the legislature has funded the costs of its implementation. If Senate Bill 423 is rejected by the voters, there may be a small savings to the State.

[ ] FOR Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program.

[ ] AGAINST Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program. A vote against Senate Bill 423 will restore I-148.

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Civics 101 (0.00 / 0)
It seems like we should have some type of rule making it harder for the legislature to do away with laws passed by referendum.  When a majority of the people speak DIRECTLY on an issue, shouldn't that be considered more sacred than a typical law passed by a small group of so-called "representatives" who claim to speak for us?
This time around, Schweitzer vetoed the total repeal bill.  But we can't always rely on that type of safety net.
Shouldn't it be harder for the legislature to negate the will of the people?

Already in the works..... (0.00 / 0)
The Montana Coalition for Rights is proposing a change to the Montana Constitution that would require lawmakers to send their suggested changes back to the voters for another vote. Currently it is far too easy for the Legislature to change an initiative that takes hundreds of hours in signature-gathering just to qualify for the ballot.

The ballot language is expected back from the AG office this week and petitioning will commence soon. The following link features its president, Nathan Pierce in a spirited debate with Speaker of the House, Mike Milburn.  http://www.beartoothnbc.com/fe...


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MM - quite a saga (0.00 / 0)

The voice of the people will be heard, and sadly, it isn't going to make a difference either way.

The Federal Govt, headed by the Obama regime, has already shut down the MM industry in Montana by attacking both the MM users, and the caregivers.

The caregivers are rightly afraid that on any given day their door will be kicked in and their lives will be ruined.

The MM cardholders can expect to be gone after with the same diligence, especially after the ATF letter last week that turned any MM users with guns into criminals, and this being Montana, I'd guess high percentages of them are gun owners.

So until the Federal laws change, this argument is over.


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Eric, seriously?  This argument is over, huh?  Federal changes generally happen after local/state level reforms force them. Perhaps you can relate to this example:  federal healthcare reform.  Is the argument over because the federal laws changed?  Nope.  In fact, several STATES are suing the federal government and judges have ruled parts of the law are unconstitutional.  This argument is not over, not by a long shot  

(note: Prohibition of alcohol required a constitutional amendment.)

Already there are 16 states with state medical marijuana programs and 6 additional states are pending.  There is soon to be another round of indictments as well as a trial of one who was raided in March- many of the people included in the indictments as well as that trial are very sick people.  At least two of them have been near death in the months after the raids.  We will hear accounts of evil organized criminals committing the horrible-sounding acts of "money laundering" and in federal court, caregivers defense of being state compliant is inadmissible. Of course "conspiracy" will be involved as well because by definition, all caregivers are also conspirators.  

These people are our brothers and sisters, many of whom have serious health problems.  Those who don't are providing a much appreciated and risky service for our ill.  62% of Montanans approved the use of medical marijuana.  Our legislators and elected officials have ignored the will of the people and should be held accountable.  


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I guess we'll see how the court cases come out - but as of today, the Obama regime is holding all the cards.

That was the spirit behind the 'Sheriffs First' bill last year, that would have required the Feds to check in with the county Sheriff before raiding MM caregivers, but I suspect that the Obama regime would have ignored that law also.


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