Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 2011

MTCIA Testifies at Hearing on the Administrative Rules for SB 423

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services held the hearing on the rules in regards to the administration of SB 423. The Department will respond in writing to all the official hearing comments and other written comments received in the legal office. The Department will publish whether they agree, or disagree, with the comments received and will make the changes or edits to the rule as appropriate. The MTCIA submitted the following concerns: 1. We ask for confirmation that any [...]

By |August 31, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Report on Seattle Hempfest

300,000 people. No alcohol served. Vendors. Information booths. Three stages. Music. Panels. Speakers. Food. People moved at the ocean front parks like schools of fish and included every age group, groups of friends, handholding couples, and stroller-pushing families. The weather was hot. MTCIA Board members Ed Docter and Kate Cholewa took a stage twice to tell the Montana story to the throngs. Ed Docter also served on a panel discussing the economics of the cannabis marketplace. Whereas the larger atmosphere was [...]

By |August 30, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Calendar – Upcoming Events

Fall is just around the corner and the calendar is filling up.   MTCIA meeting in Missoula When: Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Where: Red Lion Inn Missoula 700 W. Broadway Missoula What: Referendum update, State's repeal response, Current lawsuit status, Membership discussion    Administrative Rules Hearing When: Wednesday, August 31, 1:30 pm Where: DPHHS Building, 111 N. Sanders, Helena What: This hearing is on the rules for administering the provisions of SB 423. The provisions themselves are not the topic [...]

By |August 28, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA: Lawsuit Expenditures, the Referendum, & Update

First, let’s answer some questions. We’ve been asked how much has been paid to the Goetz law firm. The answer: $90,000. Our outstanding bill is $60,674.72. We intend to send the Goetz law firm $5000 this week. We apologize for any delays in answering. Several board members were on the road . Our treasurer is out of the country so we need to contact the accountant to validate our information. Each time we contact the accountant, it costs us money.  But we appreciate [...]

By |August 23, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Progress Report

Wish we were in the homestretch but, as they say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Our friends in Billings face challenges again. Yellowstone County has banned storefronts, effective immediately. Yet the work goes on. Thanks to all those who have been responding to the need to support the efforts in Montana to protect access and promote the truth about cannabis and its applications. Good news includes:  · A $1000 donation from a Kalispell business · A pledge for $1000 from [...]

By |August 17, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

An Urgent Message from the MTCIA

We need at least 1,000 people to donate $25 to $50, and we need  at least 50 storefronts to donate at least $1000 THIS WEEK.  Here is how we will use your support : 45%  will go to paying for the lawsuit, 45% will go to the referendum campaign, and 10% will go to the MTCIA to continue their work.  Is legal access to cannabis worth writing a check for, or raising, just $25 to $50? The question is not rhetorical. [...]

By |August 15, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Will Answer State’s Appeal of Reynolds’ Ruling

The state of Montana is appealing Judge Reynolds’ temporary injunction against portions of the medical marijuana law. The timing is such that we’d be entering those deliberations in October or November. The state is lining it up, ready to be in place should we fail to get the signatures needed to suspend the law. If the number of signatures to suspend the law do get secured, it’s unlikely the state’s appeal would go forward. After all, how many times can elected [...]

By |August 14, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Statewide Conference Call, August 7, 2011

Update: You can listen to a recording of this conference call here: MTCIA - August 07 Conference Call The MTCIA will sponsor a statewide conference call at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2011. The agenda for the one hour call is MTCIA President Ed Docter: Welcome and Overview  (5 minutes) P4RNR Petition Coordinator Rose Habib: Referendum Progress Report (10 – 15 minutes) MTCIA Board Member Kate Cholewa: MTCIA and the referendum (5 minutes) Ed Docter: Coming events (5 minutes) Questions: [...]

By |August 4, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA: Strategizing for the Next Stretch of Road

About 11,000 signatures for the referendum to put SB 423 on the 2012 ballot have been collected. To get the 15% needed to suspend the law as well as get it on the ballot, we need to collect about 1000 signatures a day between now and September 30.  The signatures are out there. The only question is whether or not we have the resources in people, dollars, and energy to secure them. Go here for places where you can sign the [...]

By |August 3, 2011|Events, News, Uncategorized|

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