Month: January 2013

Update on HB242 Hearing

January 23, 2013

For the the background of HB242, see the post below. Suffice it to say HB242 did not do well at the hearing this morning. While the MTCIA did not take a public position on the bill for the reasons previously discussed, plenty of others did, and it wasn’t favorable. The opponents greatly outnumbered the proponents. Read More »

House Bill 242 Under Consideration

January 23, 2013

House Bill 242 is being considered today in front of committee. This bill would make changes to the law related to drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. For those watching marijuana-related issues at the Capitol this year, the key change is that the definition of “dangerous drug” would be amended from “a dangerous drug, Read More »

Think Running a Marijuana Business is Tough in Montana?

January 18, 2013

At least you aren’t in Connecticut. According to proposed rules just released by the State of Connecticut, applications could run as high as $100,000, the state is only required to issue one dispensary license for the entire state, and applicants have to be licensed pharmacists. Cultivation centers (separate from dispensaries) have to place $2 million Read More »

Thank You to Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes P.C.

January 18, 2013

I just sent this to Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes P.C., the law firm who represents the MTCIA in our suit against the state: I am now a few days overdue thanking you for the outstanding work on this case. As an attorney, I can appreciate just how challenging it has been to beat the oddsmakers Read More »

THC-based DUI Bill Considered Today

January 17, 2013

Impaired driving is stupid and dangerous, and protecting Montanans from impaired driving is a good idea. But not all approaches are equal, and some, while good intentioned, can cause more harm than good. House Bill 168 was up for public comment today at the Capitol. This bill, introduced by Republican Rep. Doc Moore of Missoula, Read More »

Jason Washington Found Guilty on Two of Three Charges

January 17, 2013

The jury returned a verdict late today finding Jason Washington, former owner of a dispensary in Missoula, guilty on two of three counts against him in federal court. He was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The jury found him not guilty of the third Read More »

Rep. Kelly McCarthy to Introduce Several Important MMJ Bills

January 17, 2013

Representative Kelly McCarthy, (D) Billings, is in the process of assembling four key bills for medical marijuana patients and providers. Mr. McCarthy has crafted a series of bills that would permanently change our current medical marijuana law and bring it into conformity with the injunction Judge Reynolds put in place. Each one, in turn, removes Read More »

MTCIA’s Lobbying Efforts Underway

January 17, 2013

The association’s efforts to make positive change in our state laws are now underway at the Capitol. Board member and physician Pat Pardis has kindly taken on the responsibility of lobbying on our behalf. Pat has a great deal of experience working in government and he is a real asset to our effort. He plans Read More »

MTCIA Changes Its Name

January 17, 2013

Some of you may have noticed our logo recently changed to the Montana Cannabis Information Association, removing the term “industry” from out name. There are several reason we made this change. First and foremost, it is because the only marijuana “industry” in our state is the ever-successful and thriving black market. The handful of individual Read More »

The Injunction is Back!

January 16, 2013

In a decision handed down late today, Judge Reynolds in MTCIA et al., v. State of Montana, ordered that a preliminary injunction should again be in place in order to protect medical marijuana patients from irreparable harm. This means that medical marijuana providers may (1) have more than 3 patients and (2) receive compensation for Read More »

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