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November 2016

MTCIA Statement on Governor’s Proposed 6% Tax of Medical Cannabis

First, we recognize that the Governor’s budget never ends exactly how it starts. There’s a long road ahead and it might be premature to react. That said, medications are not taxed in Montana so objections to singling out cannabis for taxation make sense. The average patient spending $200 per month would be looking at a $12 per month increase in cost. On the other hand, we recognize that the more the program is integrated into state government, the safer the program [...]

By |November 29, 2016|Uncategorized|

Giving Thanks this Holiday & A Salute to the Past

Designed as a trade association, the MTCIA has been an important tool for getting things done in Montana. The organizational structure was already there in place, if not active, when the crisis of SB 423 happened in 2011. Founder Nathan Pierce could see the crisis for what it was and though the organization was "his baby," he welcomed a set of people onto the board who had the right skill sets to augment the skills of those already on the board [...]

By |November 25, 2016|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Files to Eliminate 3-Patient Limit Immediately

Today, Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) attorney, Jim Goetz, filed in Montana First Judicial District Court for a declaratory injunction and an alternative writ of mandamus requesting that the Court direct the Montana Department of Health and Human Services to begin the immediate processing and issuing medical marijuana patient cards. The inadvertent transposition of the numbers in the effective dates is obviously a clerical error, also called a “scrivener’s error.” There is a body of case law recognizing such errors and [...]

By |November 23, 2016|Uncategorized|

Appreciate the Victory, Preparing to Move Forward

Big breath. Pat yourself on the back. Thank the voters who protected access to medical marijuana in Montana. I-182 has passed. Access is restored. The election results must be certified by December 5, at which time I-182 becomes Montana’s new medical marijuana law. We are busy at work remedying the clerical error. The MTCIA is also gearing up for next steps and the upcoming legislative session. In crafting, supporting, or opposing legislation during the 2017 legislative session, the MTCIA will evaluate [...]

By |November 11, 2016|Uncategorized|

Before They Start Reporting the Results Tonight

The MTCIA would like to extend their appreciation to all the patients willing to share their lives and private challenges in order to help thousands of their fellow Montanans. We thank the providers and others who stepped up to assure the effort to protect medical marijuana access was undertaken professionally and with the tools necessary to succeed. We extend further thanks to the larger team, the helpers and tipsters, those who called in with useful information and ideas. We thank those [...]

By |November 9, 2016|Uncategorized|

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