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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:

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Your "John Hancock" is needed

by: Rob Kailey

Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 15:40:32 PM MST

John Hancock will forever be remembered in this nation for his ostentatious signature appearing on the Declaration of Independence.  He isn't hailed for being a revolutionary, a 'founding father' or celebrated for his role as President of the Continental Congress.  He is known for penning his name, first and largest, to the document which told of our treason against the English crown.  It is apocryphally noted that he then cajoled the rest of the Continental Congress to sign the document, lest he hang alone.  The 'John Hancock' has and will remain the symbol for agreement with a cause, a belief or a contract.

Montana needs your 'John Hancock' right now. In fact, it's needed 3 times.  D. Gregory Smith presents us an opportunity to help those in need, if only we will sign a petition to sway the will of those who can help the ones who need drugs to stay alive. AIDS cannot be cured (yet) but it can be controlled by medication ... if one can afford it.  Many need help to do so.  Signing your name might just continue that help, so do it.  Sign the petition here.

Montanans overwhelmingly voted to support the use of medical marijuana to aid those in pain and in need.  Our legislature of 2011 apparently thought we were joking about that.  So they passed a "reform" bill which is nothing of the sort.  It allows people to grow marijuana at their own expense and risk, to give it to those who need it, but not too many.  That's not reform; it's stupidity.  It is repeal of the voters's will.  If you need more clarity on the issue, then visit Montanafesto.  We have a chance to let the Montana legislature know that we are in charge of our beliefs, not them.  You can do that by signing your John Hancock to the petition for IR-124, as offered by Patients for Reform, not Repeal.  Time is short, and all they need is a signature.  Look for a petitioner near you!

Finally, the Montana legislature decided that it was a good idea to give Canadian power interests control over our private property.  IR-125 places the proposition on the ballot, as opposed to leaving it to our 'betters'.  Corporations shouldn't have the right of eminent domain over the private lands of Montanans.  So, find a signature gatherer, or print the petition off and gather 10 signatures yourself.  All that is really needed is your John Hancock, and you won't committing treason by signing.  

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