Month: May 2011

SB423 Referendum Petition Update

May 28, 2011 News

As most of you now know, the language for the referendum to stop SB 423 from going into effect must be approved by the Secretary of State, Montana Legislative Services, and the Attorney General’s Office. The Secretary of State had approved the language and sent the petition on to Legislative Services. As a result of Read More »

Montana Medical Marijuana Advocates Slam Sen. Essmann’s Editorial as Fantasy

May 26, 2011 News

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) responded today to an editorial in the Billings Gazette by Senator Jeff Essman. In it, Essman said it was “marijuana millionaires” behind the challenge to the new medical marijuana law that dismantles marijuana businesses and requires cannabis patients to secure marijuana through a person who will provide it for Read More »

MTCIA Mixer in Bozeman, Friday June 3rd

May 25, 2011 Events

Please join MTCIA board members in Bozeman on Friday June 3rd to hear the latest about the lawsuit and petition, and raise much needed funds to continue our efforts. When: Friday, June 3, 7:00pm – 10:00pm Where: Eagles Club 316 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT There will be guest speakers, and live music to be Read More »

SB 423 Lawsuit Update, Timeline

May 25, 2011 News

In the last 24 hours: Our attorneys requested and received a change of judge. Judge Reynolds will now decide the case. The advertising ban restraining order hearing was combined with the main complaint. So, it is in effect at least until the hearing. The schedule was settled; the hearing will last two days, June 20th Read More »

Thank You, Billings

May 22, 2011 News

Over 100 Montanans from Billings and the surrounding area attended an MTCIA mixer and fundraiser tonight. Energy was high as the crowd learned from MTCIA board members about how we got here, what’s happening next with the lawsuit and petition campaign, and how much help is still needed. Over $9000 was raised to support the Read More »

SB 423 Medical Marijuana Lawsuit – Next Steps

May 21, 2011 News

Many people have been asking us what to expect from the lawsuit. Here is a brief timeline of upcoming steps in the process: On Monday, May 23rd, a telephone conference between the judge, the state, and our side will discuss scheduling. On the table is whether to deal with the advertising ban restraining order at Read More »

MTCIA Mixer and Fundraiser in Billings this Saturday, May 21. (UPDATE)

May 17, 2011 Events

Come get informed about the current efforts to preserve access to medical cannabis in Montana.  Three MTCIA board members – John Masterson, Ed Docter, and Kate Cholewa – will be there on Saturday, May 21 in Billings to fundraise, network, and exchange information with the local community regarding the lawsuit, referendum, injunction, and other pressing Read More »

MTCIA Welcomes Sen. Wanzenried at Missoula Event

May 14, 2011 News

Wind was banging on the vendors’ awnings at Caras Park in Missoula. Around 200 people showed up for the MTCIA cannabis information event. It was a good news night. We got our restraining order. The ban on advertising is a no-go. Keep up your signs and the constitution gets another night’s sleep. Three elected officials Read More »

Restraining Order Approved – Advertising Is Still Legal

May 13, 2011 News

We’ve just been informed that a judge signed our attorney’s request for a temporary restraining order. We have succeeded in delaying implementation and enforcement of Section 20 of SB 423, which completely prohibited all forms of advertising of marijuana and marijuana-related products and was scheduled to go into effect at midnight tonight. A followup hearing Read More »

Acknowledging Challenges And Moving On

May 13, 2011 News

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association accepted Nathan Pierce’s resignation on May 6 upon learning that he had unresolved legal issues previously thought to be dismissed. The action was immediate in order not to distract from the collective mission to protect the medical cannabis program in Montana and stop the devastation that would be caused by Read More »

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