Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 2011

Marijuana Aid a Time for Friends & Challenges in the Bitterroot

More tickets were sold than bodies showed for Marijuana Aid 2012. Yet it was still a perfect occasion on a pristine Montana summer day and night. Ryan Creek Meadows is a spectacular music venue and the music for the event was top shelf. Thanks to all those bands and dj’s who donated their time and talents.  A special thanks to Greta Gaines, singer, musician, and activist who flew in from Tennessee to perform. Backed up by band member Eric Fitsch, she [...]

By |July 25, 2011|Events, News, Uncategorized|

Patients for Reform, Not Repeal Press Conference Today, & Other News

Today, Patients for Reform, Not Repeal are rolling out their campaign. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Capitol. Signature gatherers are already on the streets. Make sure to sign and watch the news tonight for press conference coverage. In other news, medical cannabis providers in Billings are suing the city over the ban on cannabis storefronts. The ban was made by emergency ordinance. “The lawsuit alleges that there was no emergency as defined by city codes…emergencies are [...]

By |July 19, 2011|Events, News, Uncategorized|

Medical Cannabis Update For Probationers

Upon hearing from so many of you affected by SB 423's ban on people on probation from participating in the state medical marijuana program, MTCIA contacted the Goetz Law Firm to request a document asserting that provision's unconstitutionality. Many department of corrections employees probably realize the moral and legal aspects involved in aggressively enforcing their interpretation of this new prohibition, but we have heard that some probation officers are demanding the surrender of medical marijuana cards and metabolite-free urine samples. We [...]

By |July 15, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Hits the Road with Patients for Reform Not Repeal, & A Thanks to Kalispell

MTCIA board member Ed Docter took to the road this week with Rose Habib, petition coordinator for Patients for Reform Not Repeal. From Kalispell to Billings with stops in between, Rose trained more than a 150 captains on the specifics on how to do signature gathering. These captains will now train others. Many thanks to our friends in the Flathead who hosted an MTCIA fundraiser while Ed and Rose were in town. Thanks to on-the-ground organizers Ian Baker, James Blair, Tara [...]

By |July 14, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

Important Information for Providers from the MTCIA

Many have asked the question: Does the paperwork I turned in to become a provider cover me legally to do business until my provider card arrives? According to the letter of the law, the answer is no. Caregivers no longer exist and until you get your provider card from the state, according to the letter of the law, you are not a provider. The only protection you would have is an intent to be in compliance. So while it would be [...]

By |July 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Training Update for Referendum to Stop SB 423

The referendum campaign is being directed by Patients for Reform, Not Repeal.  Rose Habib is coordinating the training effort. There are over 1000 people signed up to get the training to collect signatures. Training is happening in waves. Districts captains are just receiving their training now. District captains in each region will be contacting volunteers as training sessions are scheduled.  Thank you for your patience and your impatience. The eagerness is appreciated.

By |July 11, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Responds to (the latest) Rumor

We’ve heard a rumor. The MTCIA has changed course (flip-flopped is the word we’re hearing) and is now pushing for marijuana legalization. The truth: In Montana, medical marijuana is permitted for qualified patients. However, that right means nothing for qualified patients if there’s no way to access the cannabis. The MTCIA is working on behalf of creating an access system for the patient-consumer that is safe, functional, and respectful of our communities. A functional system requires that patients have the right [...]

By |July 8, 2011|Uncategorized|

Billings City Council Brings Government Repression to the Local Level

 First we have the federal government repressing research on cannabis while patenting one of its active ingredients,  CBD. The feds continue to be very protective of their “ace the hole” – marijuana prohibition – to lock up nonviolent, ordinary citizens, as needed. In Montana, they’ve busted down doors and pointed guns at children to protect exactly who from what? At the state level, we have a legislature willing to pass a law riddled with unconstitutional provisions that override the will of [...]

By |July 7, 2011|Uncategorized|

SB423 and Patients on Probation

SB 423, our new medical marijuana law in Montana, prohibits individuals  under the supervision of the department of corrections from being registered cardholders. This was one of several onerous provisions of the bill that our lawsuit sought to have enjoined. While were victorious on many levels, the judge did not agree to that particular portion of our request. However,  he did offer some helpful guidance in his decision (500KB PDF): "While the state may not disregard the health conditions of those [...]

By |July 2, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Still Working for Clarity Following Ruling

Urgent Update: Get your patients to fill out the form to make you a provider NOW. Updated 12:27 pm Need help understanding process to switch patients from you as "caregiver" to "provider"? MTCIA member Bob Cypers is willing to help: 406- 459-3104 A message from Bob: Morning all, I'm more that happy to answer any questions as they pertain to the provider paperwork.  I can't answer "legal" questions like plant count, husband wife grows et la.  Here is the condensed version [...]

By |July 1, 2011|Uncategorized|

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