Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 2011

MTCIA Comments on U.S. Attorney Guidelines for Federal Raids

There are guidelines for federal marijuana prosecutions? Apparently so. This is good news as many medical cannabis businesses are eager to comply with the rules that they are informed of. Cal NORML has obtained a February 2011 memo outlining the California U.S. Attorneys’ guidelines for federal medical marijuana prosecutions in California. As U.S. Attorneys get their marching orders from the federal government, one would hope that federal policy in California isn’t different than federal policy in Montana. If that is so, does [...]

By |November 27, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Gives Thanks & Welcomes New Board Member

The MTCIA extends its thanks to all those who participate in the effort to bring the truth about cannabis to light in society. We thank the patients willing to share their stories in order to educate the public. Thanks to all those on the front lines as providers, risking much for the sake of their patient-consumers, and also risking much for a principle and for what is right. Thanks to all the advocates and to all the family members and friends [...]

By |November 24, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA’s Single-Issue Voter Campaign

As our members know, we’ve been talking about a single-issue voter campaign since August and have surveyed members as to whether or not they think they will be single issue voters in the next campaign. We’ve initiated steps to educate people on what single-issue voting means, created materials, and took them with us to the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Los Angeles. We’re encouraged to see support for such a campaign in Montana. Because we see advocates picking up the idea,  running with [...]

By |November 19, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Comments on This Week’s Raids

Federal raids have again shut down Montana medical marijuana dispensing centers. Hundreds of patients are now added to the list of the 19,000 patients without providers.  These patients of raided providers have 10 days to tell the state who their new provider is.  But provider numbers have dropped from 4000 to 400 since May and now many providers have waiting lists. Many believe that being “big” will make them a target for the feds (and they’re probably right) and so do [...]

By |November 18, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Finishes Week on the Road

The MTCIA has been on the road for community meetings during yet another intense week in Montana. More federal raids. (We had some incorrect information that A Kind Caregiver was local law enforcement, not feds. This was incorrect.) The law passed by the legislature, SB 423, was essentially repeal of medical marijuana in Montana. Our challenge to the law, the MTCIA vs. the State of Montana, resulted in having several provisions of the legislation temporarily enjoined and allowed for continued access [...]

By |November 18, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Reports on Montana Chamber of Commerce Webinar

Last week, the MTCIA participated in the Chamber of Commerce webinar on the new marijuana laws passed during the 2011 legislature and on employer concerns about medical marijuana use. Participants were muted for the webinar but could send in questions. The lion’s share of the hour-long meeting was about concerns regarding access – access to employees’ urine, that is. They discussed drug testing and the terms and circumstances under which such tests could be administered. However, the Chamber representative also said [...]

By |November 14, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Members Report from the Drug Policy Alliance Conference

A Montana delegation of 13 MTCIA members attended the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Los Angeles last week. Below are some standout impressions, themes, quotes, and ideas that our people took away from the event.   The point isn’t to win the war on drugs, but to end it. The movement is multi-generational, multi-racial, and includes “the people who love drugs, hate drugs and everything in between. We are black, white, and everything in between.  We are straight, queer and everything [...]

By |November 9, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

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