Update on 2017 Medical Marijuana Legislation

Update on 2017 Medical Marijuana Legislation The first half of the 2017 legislative session involved considerable conversations with legislators and other stakeholders up at the Capitol. The MTCIA has contributed to draft legislation expected to be introduced in March. The MTCIA brought the following provisions to the table: Establishment of a seed-to-sale tracking system Shifting the plants-to-patient model of managing volume to a licensing per square foot cultivated model Mandated testing only if DPHHS could ensure affordability, availability, and standardization. Inclusion [...]

By |February 28, 2017|Uncategorized|

The MTCIA Hits the Halls of the Capitol

  In these first days of the 2017 Legislative Session, it seems legislators do not have the blood thirst to kill the medical marijuana program that has been evidenced in the past. This is good news. However, there are new and different fronts that require attention and work. Generally speaking, there seems to be some interest in reaping the benefits (revenue, that is) of a recreational program from Montana’s modest medical program. Though most legislators do not appear to be intending [...]

By |January 12, 2017|Uncategorized|

Changes at the MTCIA

After serving as MTCIA President for the past year, Bob Devine is stepping down from the position. Devine served as President during the one of the most dynamic political cycles since medical marijuana became an option in Montana. It was a time of crisis as the five year lawsuit came to a close with a Supreme Court ruling that the 2011 bill, SB 423, could go into near total effect. It was an “all hands on deck!” moment. We needed strategy. [...]

By |January 5, 2017|Uncategorized|

Get on the Team

Get on the Team. Protect Access During the 2017 Legislature.   Within the first 10 days of I-182 going into effect 1300 patients have applied to restore their access to medical marijuana to treat their debilitating conditions. As always, the ability of the MTCIA to protect access was made possible by our donors. We have debts to pay and work to do. We need to protect the progress we’ve made with the initiative during the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session. We need [...]

By |December 15, 2016|Uncategorized|

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|

I-182 and Polls

How do you know the Mason-Dixon poll question on the medical marijuana initiative, I-182, is a politically-driven push poll, and how does the polling change when you use the actual ballot language rather than the mischaracterizing rhetoric? Here’s how the Billings Gazette reported the poll question was framed: “This ballot measure would allow wide use of medical marijuana, undoing many restrictions passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2015." (It was actually 2011. They changed it in their news story when they [...]

By |October 22, 2016|Uncategorized|

Have You Seen the Ad for I-182?

Katie Mazurek is doing so much to help the thousands of people in Montana who use medical cannabis to treat their debilitating illness and the symptoms that often accommodate chronic illnesses. Don't let her work for so many be in vain. Don't forget to vote for I-182 to re-establish access to medical marijuana for physician-referred patients in Montana. See her message in the link below.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V63sj8dY3Qs&feature=youtu.be

By |October 15, 2016|Uncategorized|

Does Rep. Zinke Stand with Zabawa Against Medical Marijuana Access in Montana?

Why is the MTCIA concerned that Steve Zabawa sits on Representative Ryan Zinke’s health care policy advisory committee? Back in 2011, Steve Zabawa wanted in on the medical marijuana program in Montana. He wanted 10% of a provider’s income on top of the rent for a Zabawa-owned commercial property.   Today, Steve Zabawa is a one-man band making the political talk circuit in Montana speaking against I-182 which creates an accountable and responsible state medical marijuana program. Mind you, he knows Montanans [...]

By |October 11, 2016|Uncategorized|

Statewide Meeting October 8

There will be a statewide MTCIA sponsored meeting on Saturday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western/Gran Tree in Bozeman. Members of the board of the MTCIA and of the I-182 steering committee will be in attendance.  Patients welcome.

By |October 3, 2016|Uncategorized|

Support I-I82. Restore and Regulate Medical Marijuana in Montana

The MTCIA is a supporter of the campaign for I-182 to re-establish medical marijuana access in Montana and create a responsible, accountable system for providing medical marijuana to physician-referred patients. All donations to I-182 go directly to the campaign for I-182. These donations are not donations to the MTCIA. The MTCIA is a contributor to the I-182 campaign and hope you will be one, too. The link below tells you how you can contribute directly to the campaign, and also how [...]

By |September 14, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Shutdown

Thousands of patients are about to lose access to a plant-based medicine that eases their pain enough to function; stops their seizures; allows them to sleep; allows them to eat; and more. This is the result of the 2011 legislation, SB 423, a five year old reactionary, punitive, back door repeal of access to medical marijuana. Right now, there are peripheral issues that need to be resolved around the initiative, and they will be. But right now, don’t let questions about [...]

By |August 29, 2016|Uncategorized|

Where we stand…

We realize that many people are frustrated and confused by the stories in the press and rumors online. We understand completely, and we certainly share your frustration. However, we also want to make it very clear that removing the section dealing with the 3 patient limit will not have to wait until the legislative session, and certainly not until June of 2017. Worst case scenario, the day after the election, the MTCIA will seek immediate relief from the courts and ask [...]

By |August 27, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Clerical Error

There is a clerical error in the initiative. A 9 should be a 7 in effective date section. We have documentation that demonstrates our intent in regards to which provisions were to go into effect immediately. We have the draft with section 7 effective immediately. At the last minute, before the draft was moved out of legislative services, we were told two sections needed to be added at the front of the bill. These added sections represented other places in the [...]

By |August 26, 2016|Uncategorized|

Care. Be Safe. Be Smart. Vote.

With Aug 31 date just days away, we know many patients are beyond concerned. We know many are flat out frightened. We recognize, too, that there are providers who feel committed to these patients. The idea of choosing one person’s pain over another or having to rank suffering and choose only two or three patients for no good reason other than five year old political gamesmanship seems wrong, unfair, foolish, and unnecessarily cruel. We couldn’t agree more. We believe the people [...]

By |August 24, 2016|Uncategorized|

Reynolds Rules Against Stay; Get Out and Vote

We are sad to report an unfavorable ruling from Judge Reynold’s court. Our stay on the August 31 implementation date has been denied. In Reynold’s letter, he states that the Court granting the stay would interfere with the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling, which already included a delay in recognition of the hardship it could cause patients. The Court further concluded, it was without authority to override this decision of the state Supreme Court and that delaying until the election improperly inserts [...]

By |August 17, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Legislative Session Is Coming – Become Part of the Discussion

Wondering what to do in these uncertain times for medical marijuana in Montana? The MTCIA is committed to continuing the work. Aug. 31 is looming, but with your support and your vote we will pass I-182 come November. The MTCIA is also developing its legislative agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session. Become a member now and become part of the discussion.   http://www.mtcia.org/memberships/

By |August 10, 2016|Uncategorized|

Will There Be a Campaign?

What a week. We get the news I-182 made the ballot. The people of Montana are behind a responsible, accountable medical marijuana law. We extend our thanks to those who supported the effort to bring I-182 to the ballot. On the same day, many providers got letters from the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) notifying them that they must choose their three patients as the provision goes into effect August 31 limiting providers to three registered patients. Patients started getting [...]

By |July 15, 2016|Uncategorized|

Protecting the Continuum of Access: the MTCIA Files for a Stay on MT Supreme Court Decision Pending SCOTUS Review

On June 14, 2016, the MTCIA filed for a stay on the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to allow SB 423 to go into full effect on August 31, 2016. This stay is requested until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves all matters related to the case or until the citizens’ initiative to pass an accountable, responsible medical marijuana law (I-182) is decided by the voters in November, should it qualify for the ballot. (We feel confident it will do so.) The State [...]

By |June 15, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Pending Collapse of Medical Marijuana in Montana

It probably won’t be long. Soon, the letters will come from DPHHS telling providers to start scaling down, to choose their two or three patients (depending on whether the provider also provides for him/herself), and get ready for the statute (SB 423) to go into effect August 31.  This is what the Montana Supreme Court has ruled must happen. Our understanding is that a follow-up letter will be sent later to those who do not respond. Patients without providers will not [...]

By |June 6, 2016|Uncategorized|

The MTCIA is You

The MTCIA has been the only entity effectively protecting access to medical marijuana in Montana. The reason it has been effective is because the MTCIA is not the Board of the Directors. It is not any particular personality in any given moment in time. The MTCIA is the people who show up, who have shown up, and know that change in cannabis policy of the proportion we seek is a marathon, not a sprint. The MTCIA is you. In Montana, together [...]

By |June 3, 2016|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Files Appeal to SCOTUS

On February 25, 2016, after five years of legal wrangling, the Montana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State and allowed the 2011 law to go into near full effect, thereby, for all practical purposes, wiping out access to medical marijuana in Montana. “In that decision,” Cholewa said, “the Court said they were compelled to reach the decision they did because of the federal illegal status of marijuana. However, as our attorney Jim Goetz spells out in his brief, under [...]

By |May 12, 2016|Uncategorized|

11, 780 Signatures and Counting

I-182 is now at 11, 780 signatures and counting. We are 1/3 of the way to our goal. We exceeded our weekly goal by 439 signatures.  Thanks to all for stepping up, volunteering, and persevering in the effort to protect access to medical marijuana in Montana and working to establish an accountable, responsible program for the state.

By |May 10, 2016|Uncategorized|

Upcoming MTCIA Community Meetings

Friday, May 13 Bozeman 6:30 pm, Holiday inn on Baxter   Saturday, May 14, Great Falls 11 am, in the Columbus Center, 1602 2nd Avenue North   Saturday, May 14, Helena 4:30 pm, Elements Design and Consign, 1336 Helena Ave, corner of Roberts and Helena Avenue

By |May 6, 2016|Uncategorized|

I-182 Update: Working Towards An Accountable, Responsible Medical Marijuana Law for Montana

Our goal for the week was 3,000 signatures for I-182 and again, the team surpassed it and collected 3,831 signatures. We now stand at 7,089 signatures collected. Field staff will be rounding up petitions, completing signature gatherer affidavits, and shipping petitions to the Missoula office today. We check all petitions for quality and check reported numbers against actuals. Last week, the campaign also held two signature gathering trainings for providers and will be doing another this week. The website is now [...]

By |May 3, 2016|Uncategorized|

What Makes A Candidate “Good” on the Issue of Medical Marijuana Policy?

What makes candidates good on medical cannabis (marijuana) policy is not as simple as do they support medical access.  Of course, this simple question, do you support access to medical marijuana?, serves as the most foundational question, but does a voter need to know more in order to make a judgement about whether to support a candidate based on their position on this issue? Below are some further questions a voter might consider. If a candidate says s/he supports medical use:Does [...]

By |May 2, 2016|Uncategorized|

Protecting Access for Five Years – and into the Future

It was on April 28, five years ago, that SB 423 passed both chambers during the 2011 legislative session. It was legislation drawn up hastily in the final hours of the session, crafted with the goal of dismantling access to medical marijuana in Montana and getting, as many said at the time, “as close to repeal  as possible.” The very next day, April 29, the MTCIA brought together a group of people to find a way to protect access in a crisis [...]

By |April 28, 2016|Uncategorized|

I-182 Progressing, No Down Time

This week’s court decision was disturbing and we know concern and frustration continues to plague those who care about access to medical marijuana and creating more just policy in relation to cannabis. The signature campaign to put a new, responsible and accountable medical marijuana law in place, however, is moving along well. Signature gatherers for I-182 are generally exceeding the 10 signature per hour goal. The goal for the first week was 2000 signatures, given new staff. But this staff collected [...]

By |April 27, 2016|Uncategorized|

MT Supreme Court Votes to Postpone Implementation of 2011 Medical Marijuana Law Only Until August 31, 2016

"This is devastating for cancer patients, seizure victims, people in hospice, and other Montanans and their families across the state,” said Kate Cholewa, spokesperson for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA). Today the Montana Supreme Court responded to the MTCIA’s petition to delay the implementation of their February 25th decision. The MTCIA requested until after the next legislature. But the court ruled that it would go into effect Aug. 31, 2016. The order stated: “IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the effective [...]

By |April 25, 2016|Uncategorized|

I-182 Is On-Track

Three days of signature gathering and I-182 is on-track. 2500 signatures. The average signature gathering campaign has 35% of its signatures tossed out. Our approach - utilizing experience, training, and systems for quality control - historically result in only 18% of signatures failing to qualify. In addition, we have benchmarks and we will always know where we are in reference to signature gathering goals. And we are on-track, right out of the gate. We are methodically phasing in workers, who can train [...]

By |April 23, 2016|Uncategorized|

420: A Fine Day to Protect Access

Happy 420 to all. Signature gathering has begun for I-182 to protect access to medical marijuana and create an accountable, responsible regulatory foundation for the system. Marine Corps veteran Taylin Lang and cancer patient Katie Mazurek did an outstanding job yesterday making it clear why a new medical marijuana law for Montana is so important at this time. We also saw yesterday the conversion of Larry Jent, Democratic candidate for Montana’s Attorney General. Jent was the only Democrat on the Montana [...]

By |April 20, 2016|Uncategorized|

It’s Time for a New Medical Marijuana Law in Montana: I-182

Montanans believe in being compassionate towards their neighbors. But Montanans also expect each other to be accountable, and responsible. Right now, the 2011 medical marijuana law passed by the legislature to replace the 2004 citizens’ initiative allows Montanans to be none of these things. The implementation date of the worst provisions of the 2011 law is yet to be determined by the court, but it will be implemented and patients will lose access - unless we act, effectively and successfully, and [...]

By |April 19, 2016|Uncategorized|

Solid Foundations Lead to Success

Building foundations is not glamorous work.  It’s nuts and bolts.  It is hard work.  Just as with building a house, a solid foundation is necessary for the project to stand the test of time. Foundations, while not visible, determine the success of that which is built upon it. Less than 10% of proposed initiatives make it to ballot and are voted on by the people of Montana. The MTCIA and its partners are working hard to create a stable foundation for [...]

By |April 6, 2016|Uncategorized|

U S Supreme Court: Possible Appeal and Current Legal Timelines

On March 11, MTCIA attorney, Jim Goetz, filed a Motion for Reconsideration of the recent Montana Supreme Court decision. The motion requested two things. That the court postpone the effect of its decision until the end of the 2017 Montana Legislative session That the Court reconsider its Opinion upholding the 3 patient limit We’ve requested the first in order to create the opportunity for the MT Legislature to address the issues raised by the Court’s Opinion and remedy the burden that [...]

By |March 25, 2016|Uncategorized|

Proposed Initiative: First Steps

By: Kate Cholewa   The Proposed Medical Marijuana Initiative: First Steps Twelve years ago Montana voters approved I-148 with 62% of the vote, creating the Medical Marijuana Act and program. I-148 was a simple, basic law meant to implement a new idea. Like all laws, it would need to be adapted as time marched forward. This is the way laws work. They evolve. They get fixed. They catch up to changes in knowledge. But that’s not what happened. Instead of developing [...]

By |March 24, 2016|Uncategorized|

AG Tim Fox files against motion to wind down medical marijuana program slowly.

AG Tim Fox files against motion to wind down medical marijuana program slowly. “Patients were hoping for a soft landing following the recent Montana Supreme Court’s decision to allow the legislature’s devastating law undermining the medical marijuana program to go into effect,” said Gregory Zuckert of the MTCIA. “Instead of a soft landing, patients may be in for a crash landing.” Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, Jim Goetz, attorney for the MTCIA, filed a motion to create a responsible transition [...]

By |March 15, 2016|Uncategorized|

Today’s call to action!

Call To Action: We need everyone to call Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at 444-2026. Fox is forming his response to the MTCIA's motion for a 14 month transition period. He can chose to support our request or fight it. Supporting this transition is the most responsible action Fox can take. We need you, his voters, to encourage him to support this motion for a transition period. This would save thousands of patients from losing access to their medicine. This period [...]

By |March 14, 2016|Uncategorized|

Governor offers support for patients by backing MTCIA Motion for Rehearing

Medical marijuana growers, patients ask for delay on enforcement of new restrictions By Mike Dennison - MTN News CONNECT Marijuana (MTN News file photo) CRIME & COURTS Medical marijuana growers, patients ask for delay on enforcement of new restrictions   HELENA - Medical marijuana growers and patients Friday asked the state Supreme Court to delay for 14 months the enforcement of its recent ruling that upheld tough, new restrictions on the drug – so the 2017 Legislature has a chance to ease [...]

By |March 12, 2016|Uncategorized|

Press Release

Friday, March 11, 2016     Re: MTCIA files motion to protect patient access to medical marijuana   From: Gregory Zuckert, MTCIA Board member, Public Relations Contact: Kate Cholewa, Organizational Consultant   *****For Immediate Release*****   The MTCIA has persistently and successfully worked through the courts to protect patient’s access to medical marijuana since the passage of the 2011 law that served as defacto repeal of the medical marijuana program. “The recent MT Supreme Court decision has not changed that,” says [...]

By |March 11, 2016|Uncategorized|

Important update

Update:   Lawyers for the MTCIA will be filing a Motion for Reconsideration with the court tomorrow. This motion will effectively pause the MT Supreme Court ruling from taking effect for 15 days. During these 15 days, the MTCIA will continue to pursue every available option to make sure patients will continue to have access to critical medicine. We are reaching out to legislators and the Governors office through professional organizations and our own lobbyist. We implore everyone who wishes to be [...]

By |March 10, 2016|Uncategorized|

Medical marijuana decision hurts the sick, enriches criminals

An Editorial from the Montana Standard:   While some Montanans horrified at marijuana’s ubiquity in the state, and in today’s culture, may be celebrating, we find the state Supreme Court’s decision effectively gutting the voter-passed medical marijuana law regrettable. We certainly do not advocate the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, as has been done in Washington and Colorado. We also believe the ranks of the state’s medical-marijuana patients may have been swollen by overprescribing doctors. But cannabis indisputably has medical [...]

By |March 7, 2016|News, Uncategorized|

Important Update

It has come to our attention here at the MTCIA that there are several active campaigns, formed by various groups, currently seeking both support and funding for their agendas.  The agendas vary from gathering the signatures by a certain date to submit to the Governor to fundraising for vague legal efforts. We want to make it clear that the MTCIA has absolutely no association with these campaigns. We did not structure, organize, or fundraise for these campaigns and we have no [...]

By |March 6, 2016|Uncategorized|

We Can Do It

The recent Supreme Court opinion is very unfortunate. It has caused a lot of anguish and debate. For some of us it is very personal, and for all of us it is very emotional.   Our resolve is going to be tested. As you know, the on-going legal battle is a reaction to sloppy and unacceptable work by the 2011 legislature to prohibit Montanans access to the medicine they need.   Now because of the actions of the Legislature many of the Montana’s [...]

By |March 2, 2016|News, Uncategorized|

Supreme Court decision and Where we go from here

What a difference a day makes. As we are sure most of you already know, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state and against the rights and needs of tens of thousands of Montana citizens. Still, the fight goes on! We know many of you woke up this morning with a sense deep foreboding. Many of you are beyond frustration, many are scared, and some of you I am sure feel like giving up. We understand, and [...]

By |February 26, 2016|Uncategorized|

An Introduction to M+R and our plan moving forward.

In order to have a successful ballot initiative in 2016, the MTCIA would like to partner with M+R, a professional consulting and research firm that specializes in ballot initiatives and signature gathering. The following is an introduction, plan of action and estimated budget from M+R. Fundraising is already underway in several local chapters, and state-wide fundraising goals will be posted in the coming days. We need the help of all the providers and patients in the state to make this happen! [...]

By |February 24, 2016|Uncategorized|

The impending Supreme Court decision and what it means for you.

The Montana Supreme Court could rule on SB423 at any time. They can rule to permanently enact all, some, or none of the disputed sections. These sections include: A ban on providers accepting payments for their products or services. If enacted, this would would require any remaining provider to give their product away for free. A three patient limit per provider, with no allowance for cohabitation, thus preventing co-ops and multi-provider businesses. If enacted this would prohibit any grow larger than [...]

By |February 16, 2016|Uncategorized|

2016 Updates

Dear Members: MTCIA held a statewide meeting in Missoula on the 16th of January. The primary purpose of that meeting was to get acquainted with members in that area and to organize a chapter to provide better representation for those members. Much interest was shown and some industry leaders are currently involved with forming a chapter in Missoula. We currently have MTCIA Chapters in the Flathead area, Butte, Bozeman and Billings. All Chapter Presidents are board members with MTCIA. We would [...]

By |January 30, 2016|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: Much has been happening since our last post. On November 4, I attended the Montana Supreme Court hearing where our legal team presented oral arguments for keeping our injunctions in place on a permanent basis. The Supreme Court Justices seemed much more engaged than they were 2 years earlier. Their questions were more pointed toward the issues raised by the state's attorney. I felt that the answers provided by the state to many of the questions posed by the justices [...]

By |December 16, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: The Montana Supreme Court has scheduled a court date on November 4, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Montana Supreme Court, Joseph P. Mazurek Justice Building, Helena, Montana. The purpose of the court date is to hear oral arguments that will ultimately determine whether our permanent injunctions against SB 423 will remain in place. The Attorney General's office will argue that the injunctions should be lifted. If the Montana Supreme Court rules in favor of the state, [...]

By |September 17, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: As some of you are aware, we are still mired down in the legal battle to keep medical marijuana available for patients with debilitating illnesses in Montana. MTCIA has been at the forefront of this war since the 2011 legislature overturned the voter-passed ballot initiative that legalized marijuana for medical use in Montana. For the second time in 2 years our legal team is preparing to send arguments for permanent injunctions to the Montana Supreme Court. Those injunctions have allowed licensed medical marijuana [...]

By |August 11, 2015|News, Uncategorized|


Dear Members: Last evening, two very important board resolutions were passed by the MTCIA Board of Directors. The first Board Resolution stated, "MTCIA and it's subordinate chapters shall support, fund and actively pursue a ballot referendum for a workable medical marijuana law in Montana  for the voters to decide upon in 2016". This resolution became the only avenue available for the beleaguered medical marijuana industry in Montana after our efforts to fix the law were flatly rejected by the last three successive [...]

By |June 4, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: There has been a renewed interest in organizational participation among MTCIA's members since the legislature rejected our last-ditch effort toward fixing the convoluted marijuana law bestowed upon us in 2011. Several members are interested in establishing their own chapters of MTCIA in areas that are not convenient for meetings by the main board of directors. The protocol for establishing a MTCIA Chapter requires a minimum of three officers; President, Treasurer and Secretary. You must send a letter of request to [...]

By |May 27, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: Once again, the medical cannabis industry in Montana stands at a crossroad poised to take a new direction. Over the past three legislative sessions, our Republican lawmakers have demonstrated their unwillingness to work with the cannabis industry toward fixing any of the problems associated with SB 423. Instead, they are forcing our industry into the court system by appealing Judge Reynolds' decision to uphold the injunctions on the unconstitutional provisions of the law. The Republican lawmakers are counting on the Montana Supreme Court [...]

By |April 30, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: For the third consecutive session, the Montana Legislature has killed the medical cannabis industry's attempt at fixing the convoluted, schizophrenic marijuana law that was inflicted on us by the 2011 Legislature. SB 406, sponsored by State Senator Robyn Driscoll, D-Billings, was killed on a party line vote on Thursday, March 26. That action forces the issue into the appeal process before the Montana Supreme Court. You will recall that the last time this issue was heard by the Montana Supreme Court, [...]

By |March 28, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: In view of the recent court ruling by District Court Judge James Reynolds, MTCIA is scheduling a statewide meeting in Bozeman on Tuesday, January 13, at the Holiday Inn, 5 Baxter Lane. The meeting agenda will include the following issues: 1. Updates on the legal aspects of the recent court ruling. Attorney James Goetz will be in attendance to       answer your questions. 2. Updates on our legislative agenda. 3. Discussion on our advertising campaign. Please forgive the short notice. MTCIA was not [...]

By |January 6, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: A court ruling by Judge Reynolds relative to our motions for summary judgment on several medical marijuana issues was issued on Friday, January 2. That ruling caused a tsunami of phone calls with more questions than I have answers at the moment. I will attempt to provide a synopsis of the judge's ruling. The following provisions have been permanently enjoined; 1. The ban on advertising by marijuana businesses. 2. The provision that forbade registered medical marijuana providers from profiting from legal sales of [...]

By |January 4, 2015|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   The meeting in Butte on the 6th was well-attended with more than 25 members present. A winter storm in the Flathead area prevented a larger attendance. There were two presentations given by guest speakers from Billings-based advertising companies. Those two entities were invited, by our board, in an effort to bring new options to the table ahead of the upcoming legislative session. As you will recall, the previous two legislative sessions were disastrous for our industry. Certain lawmakers within the Montana Legislature have [...]

By |December 9, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: The statewide MTCIA meeting which was originally scheduled for November 29, has been re-scheduled for the following Saturday, December 6, at the Holliday Inn at 2609 Harrison Avenue, Butte, Montana. The reason for the re-scheduling was that several providers could not attend the meeting on the 29th due to family obligations related to Thanksgiving Holiday. The staff at MTCIA tries to accommodate our members in every way possible, giving the greatest consideration to family issues. It is impossible to schedule [...]

By |November 25, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: There will be a statewide MTCIA meeting at the La Quinta Inn in Butte at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 29. This will probably be the last MTCIA meeting before the legislature convenes. There is much information to disseminate and some very important choices to be made that will affect the outcome of our legislative strategy. Please RSVP with the number in your group if you plan to attend. We plan to have guest speakers in attendance. If you are a medical marijuana [...]

By |November 13, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: As most of you are undoubtedly aware, Tuesday's mid-term elections brought surprises on many levels. Overall, it was a devastating day for Democrats on both state and national levels. Republicans will control both houses in Congress and, once again, will control both houses in the Montana Legislature. Three ballot initiatives legalizing recreational use of marijuana passed. Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will join Washington and Colorado in legalizing the use of marijuana for their citizens over the age of twenty [...]

By |November 6, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: Today is the final day to cast your vote in the mid-term elections. Statistically, people from the highest income levels in the U. S are more likely to vote than those from lower income levels. It is a very sad commentary when only 30% of all Americans are making decisions that affect the lives of the other 70%. This is the reason that rich, out-of-touch politicians get elected and pass laws that disenfranchise the working class. If you are one of [...]

By |November 4, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   With the mid-term elections less than a week away, we feel compelled to remind our members that the single-most important contribution that you can make to our industry is to vote. We realize that this is the busiest time of the year for medical marijuana providers, however, voting is more than a constitutionally-guaranteed privilege. Your vote is crucial to the candidates that support our industry. We should remember that the Democratic Party has added support for medical marijuana [...]

By |October 29, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   Please forgive the rather lengthy sabbatical. As many of you are aware, my family suffered a recent loss of a loved one due to cancer. I would like to personally thank the members for their support and well wishes we received during this very trying time. MTCIA has been working feverishly throughout the summer to gain community support for the bill that we will present during this upcoming legislative session. We will be utilizing media outlets more frequently [...]

By |October 9, 2014|Uncategorized|

September 27th Meeting Cancelled

Dear Members:   The MTCIA statewide conference scheduled for September 27, has been cancelled due to a family death. We will reschedule the meeting in a later posting for a date in October. Thank you for your patience and continued support.   Yours in Solidarity,   Mort Reid, President, MTCIA

By |September 19, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear members:   There will be a statewide MTCIA Conference in Butte at the LaQuinta Inn at 1:00 pm on Sept. 27.  The agenda will include updates on our legislative work, membership drive and fundraising for our legislative efforts. We will also be discussing legislative strategies and community support projects. Our last statewide conference was held on Aug. 23, and was very well-attended. There were providers and patients from all parts of Montana at the conference. Due to the length of the [...]

By |September 3, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members, The statewide conference on  August 23  will not be open to the general public. It will be for dues-paying members only. If you are currently a medical marijuana provider, it is highly recommended that you attend this meeting. We will choose the direction this industry will go by selecting the business model that will shape the future of medical marijuana in Montana. MTCIA  is currently engaged in talks with Montana Legislators that will impact EVERY MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVIDER in the [...]

By |August 14, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Countdown Begins

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS Dear Members: For those of you who were following the progress of the ballot initiative effort by Steve Zabawa to ban marijuana in Montana, there is good news. Mr. Zabawa's ballot initiative only garnered 3600 of the 24,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot. The ballot initiative has failed. Mr. Zabawa has not given up on his misguided effort to deprive sick Montanans of legally-acquired medical marijuana. He has promised to take his initiative to the 2015 [...]

By |July 26, 2014|News, Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   In my last post, I mentioned that the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment defunding the DEA's raids on medical marijuana establishments in states where it is legal under state law. That provision could be voted on in the Senate today. I am urging all members and their friends and family members to call Senators Tester and Walsh and ask them to support SA 3289. Also, please ask them to support SA3285. This amendment was introduced by [...]

By |June 20, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed an historic amendment to defund DEA raids on medical marijuana establishments in states that have medical marijuana laws. This was a bipartisan vote with several Republicans, including House Representative, Steve Daines from Montana, joining the effort to rein in the DEA. The fate of the amendment now lies with the Senate, where, if passed, goes to the desk of the President for his signature. Now would be a good time to place a call [...]

By |June 3, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: The MTCIA meeting previously scheduled for May 26th has been RESCHEDULED for SATURDAY, JUNE 7, at the LaQuinta Inn in Butte. The meeting time will be at 1:00 pm. This change occurred by popular demand and is being made to accommodate the greatest number of providers who will be attending the meeting. We hope this new schedule will allow members, whom travel from distant towns, to attend without incurring an overnight stay in Butte. We would like to receive [...]

By |May 17, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: There will be a statewide MTCIA-sponsored meeting scheduled for Monday, May 26, at the La Quinta Inn at 6:00 pm. in Butte. This is a very important informational and planning meeting designed to prepare the medical cannabis industry for the upcoming legislature. The topics for discussion will be: A. Reorganization of MTCIA B. Legislative bill draft items We have 1 hour allotted for discussion of agenda items followed by 1 hour of Q & A. If you are a medical cannabis provider, your future [...]

By |May 12, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   There is a meeting for medical marijuana providers scheduled in Bozeman Thursday, May 8 at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 6195 E. Valley Center Road, 6:30 pm. We are in the process of scheduling a MTCIA meeting in Billings on Thursday, May 15. The time and place will be announced in a later posting. . With the primary elections approaching, we have much work to do in preparation for the upcoming legislature. We will avail ourselves for meetings in [...]

By |May 6, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members:   Yesterday,  a hearing was held in Judge Reynolds' Courtroom regarding motions that were filed for partial summary judgments in our lawsuit against the State of Montana. Judge Reynolds heard oral arguments from plaintiffs and defendants as they related to key provisions of SB 423. Those provisions included: 1. Limit on number of cardholders a provider could serve (3) 2. Warrantless searches by law enforcement 3. Providers not receiving compensation for services rendered 4. Doctors being investigated by Montana Board of Medical [...]

By |April 16, 2014|Uncategorized|


Dear Members: There have been many recent inquiries regarding the status of the current MTCIA lawsuit and the hearing scheduled for May 20. We are still on-schedule for the upcoming hearing and are very well-positioned for a favorable ruling from Judge Reynolds on our injunction. We are in the process of transferring our website management from Modwest in Missoula to Zee Creative in Billings. When we complete that transfer, we will post the PDF files of the complete record of the [...]

By |March 27, 2014|Uncategorized|

A special thanks to the Bozeman and Butte providers

Dear Members: It has been too long since we have had good news to report. Our funding drive in Bozeman and Butte-Silver Bow Counties has netted a total of $31,000 toward our legal fund. This is a victory for MTCIA and the medical marijuana providers and patients that we serve. Since the 2011 attempt by our legislature to shut down the industry, we have demonstrated our perseverance and determination by collecting over $380,000 in donations which were paid to our legal [...]

By |February 18, 2014|Uncategorized|

Lawsuit update

Dear Members: I have just recently received a notice from the Goetz Law Office informing me that MTCIA is now in arrears of $28,000 due to a high volume of legal activity in the month of December. You will recall that in May of last year we were given an estimate of the legal costs which would take us through the hearing in May of this year. That estimate was $50,000. We have paid that amount to the law firm that [...]

By |January 6, 2014|Uncategorized|

Board Member Changes

It's been nearly 2 weeks since we returned from the DPA Conference in Denver. Much has changed since our return. The events drew our organization to a philosophical crossroad. Some board members favored a ballot initiative for legalization, while some members favored trying to affect a fix to our existing law through the upcoming legislature. The issue became very contentious and ultimately led to the resignations of four of our board members who all favored pursuing a ballot initiative for legalization. [...]

By |November 14, 2013|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Meetings in Butte& Kalispell Sept. 15th & 16th

  MTCIA President Mort Reid will be holding meetings in Butte Sept 15 and Kalispell Sept. 16. Sunday Sept. 15th, from 4-6pm Mort will be in Butte at the Holiday Inn 2609 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT For more information Call Tawnya 406-490-4273 Monday Sept. 16th at 6pm Mort will be at the Red Lion hotel in Kalispell, in the Kalispell Center Mall 209 N. Main St. For more information Call Tara 249-1

By |September 13, 2013|Events, MTCIA Meetings, Uncategorized|


 MTCIA PRESENTS: AMERICAN DRUG WAR 2 – CANNABIS DESTINY  POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES MONTANA RESIDENTS MIKE AND KALLI  HYDE   AMERICAN DRUG WAR 2 - Cannabis Destiny, a documentary by filmmaker Kevin Booth, closely examines the current state of the government’s war on marijuana in the United States. This powerful film features the story of Mike and Kalli Hyde and their struggle to keep Montana’s youngest medical marijuana patient, Cash Hyde, alive through the use of medical marijuana.     Cannabis Destiny Flyer billings Cash Hyde’s [...]

By |July 31, 2013|Events, Uncategorized|

The Cash Hyde Foundation Presents American Drug War 2 -Cannabis Destiny

Just a reminder, American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny screens at the Wilma Theatre Thursday, July 25, at 7:30 PM, followed by a panel discussion. $7 at Rockin Rudy's and the Wilma box office. Proceeds go to the Cash Hyde Foundation. A Missoula Independent review of the movie by Molly Laich can be found here http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/pot-power/Content?oid=1879614&fb_action_ids=10201620660588489&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210201620660588489%22%3A147538232114575%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210201620660588489%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D  

By |July 23, 2013|Events, Uncategorized|

Donating to the Lawsuit Against SB423

The attached is a letter from the office Jim Goetz. It seems there is much confusion over whether or not our attorney can accept payments from other organizations outside of the MTCIA. This letter should help clear up that misconception. Donations for the lawsuit against SB423 and the state of Montana can only be submitted by the MTCIA or another named individual  plaintiffs in the case. Please keep this in mind when donating. The MTCIA wishes to extend a sincere thank you for the [...]

By |July 16, 2013|Lawsuit, News, Uncategorized|

Update on Funds Raised for Lawsuit – The Cash Hyde Foundation Presents American Drug War2

Dear Members: Last month I had the opportunity to meet several providers and cardholders from Butte and Kalispell. It was a very productive trip in terms of interacting with our colleagues in the medical cannabis community. We did collect donations for the Goetz legal fund from generous donors in both Butte and Kalispell. We still need approximately $30,000 to satisfy the escrow fund for our upcoming hearing scheduled for May of next year. We are actively shopping for professional lobbyists for [...]

By |July 6, 2013|Events, Lawsuit, News, Uncategorized|

Trial Date Set – Mort to be in Butte & Kalispell This Week

Dear Members Finally some good news to report! Our attorney Jim Goetz had a pretrial scheduling conference last Friday in Helena. Our upcoming hearing is scheduled for May 20, 2014. We have nearly a full year the status quo before we need to start sweating over more GOP – led assaults on the cannabis community in Montana. We certainly should use that time to find candidates that are more progressive minded than the ideologues we have dealt with in the past [...]

By |June 11, 2013|Lawsuit, Uncategorized|

President Mort Reid to Be in Butte June 12 & Kalispell June 13 for MTCIA Meetings & Updates

As most of you know in May the MTCIA elected a new president, Mort Reid.  There are several things that are going on at this point.  Mort Reid will be in Butte on Wednesday June 12th @ 7:00 p.m. at 709 Utah and in Kalispell Thursday June 13 @ 730pm at the VFW 330  1st Ave West All patients and providers are welcome to attend.  Mort will be discussing: - The state of the lawsuit - Funds raised. - Funds needed. [...]

By |June 10, 2013|Events, Lawsuit, News, Uncategorized|

Message From President Mort Reid

Dear Members, As of Wednesday May 22, we have raised $40,272.00 toward the legal fund that keeps our lawsuit alive and active. We gave the Goetz Law Firm that full amount the same day. We now have all of the balance paid in full and have $17,000.00 in Goetz trust account for his retainer in the upcoming hearing. We still need to raise another $33,000 toward the attorney`s retainer. I would like to extend special thanks and heartfelt appreciation from all [...]

By |May 26, 2013|Lawsuit, Uncategorized|

Message From President Mort Reid

Dear members: My name is Mort Reid and I am the newly-elected President of the Montana Cannabis Information Association (MTCIA). As some of you are aware, there is a renewed interest on the part of the Attorney General's Office to resume scheduling of a trial relative to the injunction of several provisions of SB 423. MTCTA's lawsuit and subsequent injunction has been the ONLY saving grace for the medical marijuana community since the 2011 legislature attempted to kill the industry with [...]

By |May 14, 2013|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Board Elects Mort Reid as President!

The board of the MTCIA welcomes and congratulates Mort Reid to serve as president of the association.  “I am thrilled at the opportunity and look forward to the challenge,” said Mort, who has been an active and staunch advocate for medical marijuana patients and providers in Billings for several years.  The board vote was unanimous, and Mort officially took the position May 3.  He wasted no time and conducted a meeting and fundraiser in Bozeman earlier this week. Mort follows two [...]

By |May 14, 2013|Uncategorized|

A New Look for the Website

Hello everyone, just a quick note to let you all know that this website will be undergoing a remodel over the next few weeks. Changes to design and functionality will be implemented as seamlessly as possible. The site should not experience any down time, but some features will not be fully functional at times. Things you can expect to see are as follows: Change in the look and feel of the site. New responsive layout that will accommodate all mobile devices [...]

By |April 11, 2013|News, Uncategorized|

Illegal Raids in Miles City Area?

The MTCIA is receiving credible reports from supporters in the Miles City area that the State's Drug Task Force is conducting warrantless "compliance checks" on providers in the area. Please be aware this is going on, and if you know providers in that area, please reach out and let them know. Warrantless searches are currently illegal under SB-423. While the law itself allows for them, that provision of the law has been blocked in the MTCIA case by Judge Reynolds. If [...]

By |March 29, 2013|Uncategorized|

Response to Concerns about State of Medical Marijuana Law in Montana

This is a long post folks, but an important one.  Last week we received the following comment which expresses deep concern about SB423.  I wanted to offer a formal response and go into some detail: "If the injunction does not become permanent through law.. the State will  appeal.. And when the supreme court rules against the district court( and they MOST CERTAINLY WILL!!!) again Medical Marijuana in Montana could be devastated ! That is why we must act now! It is clear that [...]

By |February 11, 2013|Uncategorized|

Adding PTSD to the List of Qualifying Medical Conditions

Senator Dave Wanzenreid is working on LC0250, which is a bill that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in the state. We need your help to support this important bill. We are looking for supporters who are willing to send email messages to their own state representatives. We are also looking for veterans who may be able to testify on behalf of this bill when it is before the committee. If would like [...]

By |February 4, 2013|Uncategorized|

Update on HB242 Hearing

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. The primary complaint is that for many (most?) employers, the current law works, and this proposed change would create a lot of unknowns and potentially get [...]

By |January 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

House Bill 242 Under Consideration

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, as defined in 49 CFR, part 40, except a drug used pursuant to a valid prescription or as authorized by law" to "any substance defined as [...]

By |January 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

Think Running a Marijuana Business is Tough in Montana?

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 dollars in an escrow account directly accessible by the state if the business runs into problems. Both dispensaries and cultivation centers have to submit detailed business [...]

By |January 18, 2013|Uncategorized|

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

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 on overcoming a rational basis test standard, and you guys nailed it. You have quite literally helped thousands of patients around the state and, singlehandedly, saved [...]

By |January 18, 2013|Uncategorized|

THC-based DUI Bill Considered Today

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, would establish a per se form of DUI that is specific to detectable amounts of THC in the bloodstream. There are two types of DUI offenses. [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

Jason Washington Found Guilty on Two of Three Charges

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 charge, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime. Jason was not taken into custody, and he was allowed to leave the courthouse on [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

Rep. Kelly McCarthy to Introduce Several Important MMJ Bills

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 the limitation on the number of patients per caregiver, allows them to receive (gasp!) compensation for their services, relieves recommending physicians from the threat of an [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

MTCIA’s Lobbying Efforts Underway

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 on being at the Capitol 3 or 4 days each week to meet with legislators as needed. There are dozens of bills we are currently watching, [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Changes Its Name

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 medical marijuana providers working for patients in our state are simply not an industry by any stretch of the term. There are still some mom-and-pop small [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Injunction is Back!

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 their service. The specific parts of the current medical marijuana law that have been BLOCKED by the court order are as follows: 50-46-308, MCA (3) (a) [...]

By |January 16, 2013|Uncategorized|

Donations Appreciated for Lori Burnam’s Family

Thank you, on behalf of Lori's family, for the outpouring of support after her passing yesterday. For those who can offer a small donation to help the family with expenses, the family would be most grateful. Donations can be sent to: The Burnam Family 103 West Cooper Lane Hamilton MT 59840 Checks should be made payable to Trevor Burnam. Thank you everyone. Chris

By |January 11, 2013|Uncategorized|

Thank you Lori

I am very sad to report that Lori Burnam passed yesterday at 2:20 p.m. She was surrounded by loved ones when she had to go. Lori was a bright light and a joy to be around. Was a warrior who fought for what she believed in despite the toll it took on her. At over 60, she took the task improving the medical marijuana laws in our state as her personal responsibility and had a very real impact on our state [...]

By |January 11, 2013|Uncategorized|

Please Pray for Lori Burnam

I just heard that Lori Burnam's health has taken a bad turn, and family and friends fear it is a turn for the worst. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lori Burnam is one of the most recognized medical marijuana patients in Montana. She was featured in the film Code of the West and she also testified in the initial hearing in the MTCIA lawsuit over a year and half ago. Most recently, she made [...]

By |January 3, 2013|Uncategorized|

Chris Williams Reaches Deal with US Attorney’s Office

According to news reports, Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana caregiver who was charged and convicted of 8 felony counts related to his work at Montana Cannabis has reached a rare "post-conviction" agreement with the US Attorney's office Helena. According to a report on CBS affiliate KBZK, the government will drop six of the eight counts and Chris will receive a sentencing recommendation of 5 years in prison. In addition, the government will drop the forfeiture proceeding against his business, Montana [...]

By |December 19, 2012|Uncategorized|

Hearing Today on New Injunction

Today the MTCIA had its day in court to determine if District Court Judge Reynolds will set up a new injunction under the standard required by the Supreme Court. The judge is taking the matter under advisement and has extended the Temporary Restraining Order until he issues his ruling. No matter which way he decides, this will not be an easy decision for him to make. Our attorney, Jim Goetz had a big challenge: prove that the we need an injunction [...]

By |December 13, 2012|Uncategorized|

Current Bill to Our Attorney

Jim Goetz has done an outstanding job defending the rights of providers and patients around the state and has, almost single-handedly, kept the program functional. For all the petitions and PR efforts to overturn SB-423, it is has only been through the legal battle that we have seen the program survive every attempt of the legislature to undermine it. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his hard work. We also owe him for his attorneys fees. Our bill [...]

By |December 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

AG’s Office Files Brief in Response, and MTCIA’s Response – Summary of Arguments

In pretrial proceedings, there can be a great deal of back-and-forth that happens with the two sides are arguing.  We filed a Brief in Support of a Preliminary Injunction a few weeks ago, and you can find a summary of it and the document here.  We just received a copy of the AG's office's reply to that brief, which I summarized below.  Following the AG's document, we got the final say filed today, and I also summarized that below.  Links to [...]

By |December 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

Pre-Hearing Meeting at Jim Goetz’ Law Office Wednesday Morning, Statewide Call Wednesday Night

Our attorney Jim Goetz contacted the MTCIA today to inform us he would like to host a meeting on the upcoming hearing this week. He will meet anyone interested at his office in Bozeman on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the legal arguments, implications and the current disposition of the case. This is a great opportunity to talk with our attorney before the hearing if you have any questions! There will be a [...]

By |December 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

Documentary CODE OF THE WEST to Include Follow Up on Chris Williams, Richard Flor – With Your Help!

Most of you are probably already familiar with Rebecca Richman Cohen's award-winning documentary CODE OF THE WEST. You probably also know that one of the main stories in the film is about Chris Williams. Since shooting wrapped up, Chris has since gone to trial and he has been found guilty of 8 felonies. According to the mandatory minimum sentencing for his various charges, he faces at least 85 years in federal prison. Another partner, Richard Flor, recently died in custody on [...]

By |December 3, 2012|Uncategorized|

Lawsuit Update – MTCIA’s Legal Argument

We have received our attorney’s brief in support of a new injunction in our case and I wanted to provide a summary of the main arguments here. This injunction seeks to block (again) the provisions of the current medical marijuana law that prohibit any form of compensation, limit providers to no more than 3 patients, and require investigations into a doctor’s medical practice when he or she makes more than 25 recommendations in a calendar year. Recall that the Supreme Court [...]

By |December 3, 2012|Uncategorized|

Hearing Rescheduled – Temporary Restraining Order Extended

Our attorney received word from the court that our hearing on a new injunction has been rescheduled for December 13, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Temporary Restraining Order has been extended to that date as well. This means that we are still in exactly the same position, legally, as we have been since this unconstitutional law was put in place in June of last year and our attorney secured the original injunction. PLEASE DONATE to keep this fight [...]

By |November 13, 2012|Uncategorized|

Word on Extending Temporary Restraining Order Expected Today

As most of you know, the hearing originally scheduled on the restraining order has been vacated and will be scheduled late this month or in December.  Obviously, we want to insure that the Temporary Restraining Order will be extended until that date.  Due to Veterans Day yesterday, the courts in Montana were closed. I spoke with Jim Goetz' office this morning, and they have not heard officially that it has been extended, but Jim believes it will not be an issue. [...]

By |November 13, 2012|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Case Hearing on New Injunction Rescheduled by Court

I just spoke with the Goetz Law Firm and they have been informed that the date for our hearing is changing. The judge had a conflict and could not hold the hearing as originally scheduled. Jim Goetz, the MTCIA attorney, has responded that the only way we will agree to a change in the schedule is if the Temporary Restraining Order is extended. I understand he does not believe that will be a problem, but we have not gotten confirmation from [...]

By |November 9, 2012|Uncategorized|

Conference Call Thursday Night

We will have a conference call at 7pm Thursday night for a post-election debriefing as well as to discuss the next steps with the lawsuit. Chris is currently on the road to the National Marijuana Business Conference in Denver or we would have scheduled it tonight. Same number and code as usual. Number: 559-726-1000 Access Code: 1030827

By |November 7, 2012|Uncategorized|

Patients for Reform Calls It

The following press release was just issued by Patients for Reform: Bob Brigham, campaign manager for the No on IR-124 campaign, issued the following statement upon the apparent adoption of SB 423: "With IR-124, the politicians won and patients lost," Brigham said. "Montanans are clearly sick and tired of debating medical marijuana, when the conversation should be about when and how we're going to end prohibition, just as two states did tonight. "Medical marijuana is complicated because of prohibition. But we [...]

By |November 6, 2012|Uncategorized|

Early Results In – Still Too Early to Call

Some preliminary voting results on IR-124 have been posted on the Secretary of State's website, but as of 9:00 p.m., the numbers are still too partial to tell us the direction of the vote. Stay tuned, and I will post a follow up as more information comes in.

By |November 6, 2012|Uncategorized|

Election Day Status Report from Patients for Reform

Patients for Reform just sent out the following message on the status so far today: With the polls closing in six hours, we wanted to give you an update on what we're hearing from our volunteers across Montana. * Turnout has been brisk, but the lines haven't been that long. However, if past elections are any guide, the earlier people vote the less time it will take. * Our volunteers who have been on the phones have been getting great feedback, [...]

By |November 6, 2012|Uncategorized|

Tools and Information You Can Use on Election Day

The journey that began in 2004 -- when 62% of Montana voters allowed patients safe access to medical marijuana -- continues tomorrow at a polling place near you. Tonight offers one last, great chance for you to connect with friends and family to urge them to reject SB 423 by voting NO on IR-124. One way to reach out to them is with the tools we’re offering here, to help you ensure that your friends do vote. Montana Secretary of State [...]

By |November 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

Dirty Tricks to Suppress No Vote on SB423 in Billings

Opponents to a no vote on IR-124 resorted to dirty tricks in Billings last night. Dozens of campaign signs in and around the Heights in Billings were removed yesterday. In many instances, the thieves had to trespass onto private property to steal the signs. The only purpose in doing so is to suppress votes opposed to SB423. Its sad that adults feel the need to use such cheap tactics to try and win an election. It should come as no surprise [...]

By |November 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

What Does the Recent Mason-Dixon Poll Mean for Support for Repeal of SB423?

Absolutely nothing. Many have seen recent poll results published by a right-wing polling company called Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., based out of Washington, D.C.  Several Lee Enterprises newspapers in Montana recently published poll results that suggest we are behind in our race to repeal SB423. Mason Dixon is a nearly useless pollster, and provides misinformation based on bad polling questions to news outlets that like to hear their version of reality. It should come as no surprise to Montanans that Lee [...]

By |November 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

Pre-Election Message from Patients for Reform – Final Hours to Get the Word Out!

The following message went out to the email list maintained by Patients for Reform earlier today: With the crucial vote on Tuesday, we don't just need you to repeal SB 423 by voting NO on IR-124, we need you to connect with your friends, too. Take some time tonight, call your friends and family in Montana. You know your friends and how best to persuade them to Vote NO on IR-124. And how best to make sure they turn out to [...]

By |November 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

Honk and Wave in Havre!

Thank you to John, Steve and Kim for attending the Tester/Gillan/Democratic rally in Havre Wednesday. Volunteers covered the front and side doors, and parked a van out front with signs encouraging voters to Vote No on IR-124. Lots of attendees had already voted no, and the volunteers got plenty of support. Attendees who are not affiliated with the MTCIA reported there was a great presence and a good impression on those who attended the rally. Good job, and thanks for getting [...]

By |November 2, 2012|Uncategorized|

House Speaker Mike Milburn Offers Compelling Argument in Favor of Medical Marijuana Laws in Montana

In a recent interview with Montana Public Television in its news program “From the People: Montana’s 2012 Ballot Measures,” House Speaker Mike Milburn (R-Cascade) offers a compelling argument for state’s rights, directly applicable to medical marijuana in Montana. During the interview, Speaker Milburn says that “States should have certain rights, and when we see those being encroached upon, we do need to push back.” Of the millions of medical marijuana patients around the country, and the over 8000 such patients in [...]

By |November 2, 2012|Uncategorized|

Honk and Wave in Great Falls Today

The Honk and Waves continued around the state today, and the MTCIA, Hiedi Hanford from Let's Connect USA, Rob McCoy from Hamilton in Senate District 45 and Tim Martin from Great Falls, House District 26, both libertarian candidates, were all in attendance. About 20 people were present for the event, which supported a release for Chris Williams while he awaits sentencing, as well as a no vote on SB423 through the ballot initiative IR-123. Volunteers got a lot of supportive honks [...]

By |November 1, 2012|Uncategorized|

Honk and Wave in Billings

A "honk and wave" event was held in Billings yesterday with another planned today, November 1st. The event was another great success, and we received tons of support for the repeal SB423. Special thanks to Elizabeth and the 8 other volunteers who were on hand to hold signs, wave at drivers and spread the word that SB423 needs to go. We had a strong presence at the corner of 24th and King, one of the busiest corners in the city. The [...]

By |November 1, 2012|Uncategorized|

Show Your Opposition to SB423 on Facebook

Social media is an outstanding tool to get the word around quickly among friends and family. Show your opposition to our broken medical marijuana law by posting and sharing these images with your friends on Facebook or other social media site.

By |October 31, 2012|Uncategorized|

Kim Gillan, Democratic Candidate for Congress

Kim Gillan, the Democratic Candidate for US Congress, was one of the few politicians willing to stand up for our state's patients and for personal liberties in last year's disaster of a state legislative session. Her comments were some of the most inspiring I heard during the Republican legislature's effort to repeal the will of the people and overturn I-148. She is now running to represent our state in the US House of Representatives, and we need strong leaders who know [...]

By |October 31, 2012|Uncategorized|

Honk and Waive Outside Tester Rally in Butte a Big Success

Special thanks to everyone who participated in a "honk and waive" outside the rally for Senator Jon Tester in Butte yesterday. MTCIA volunteers and Hiedi Hanford from Let's Connect USA had a great time getting the word out holding up signs and passing out literature educating voters on the vote coming up on November 6. The MTCIA was both impressed and grateful that John Tester’s own campaign staff came out and met with members to take bumper stickers to pass them around [...]

By |October 30, 2012|Uncategorized|

Montana Judge Acknowledges Failure of Medical Marijuana Law – Issues Restraining Order

(October 25 - Helena, MT) For a second time, District Court Judge James P. Reynolds issued a Temporary Restraining Order blocking key provisions of the state’s medical marijuana law. The current law limits providers to no more than 3 patients, and prohibits providers from receiving “anything of value” from patients for their services. If the law were in full effect, very few providers could continue to operate, and the vast majority of the approximately 8,300 patients currently in the state program [...]

By |October 26, 2012|Uncategorized|

Judge Reynolds Issues Temporary Restraining Order – Offers State’s Patients a Reprieve!

Success! District Court Judge Reynolds issued a Temporary Restraining Order late today, as requested by the MTCIA through their attorney Jim Goetz. The provisions of SB423 which limit providers to no more than 3 patients and prohibit patients from providing anything of value to providers are now temporarily blocked from enforcement by the State. This effectively undoes the effect of the Supreme Court's decision earlier in the week which overturned these provisions in the original injunction. As a result, DPHHS will [...]

By |October 26, 2012|Uncategorized|

Judge Reynolds Unwilling to Issue Temporary Restraining Order… for Now

Following the Supreme Court ruling yesterday, our case is now back before district court in Helena. Our attorney Jim Goetz filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order this morning to keep the state from enforcing SB423's limit of 3 or fewer patients for providers and the ban on any form of compensation for back-end agricultural costs and overhead. He also asked for a new injunction which would reinstate the portions of the injunction overturned by the Montana Supreme Court. The [...]

By |October 24, 2012|Uncategorized|

Montana Supreme Court Denies Motion for Rehearing in Medical Marijuana Case

(October 23, Helena) The Montana Supreme Court today denied a motion filed by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association in its constitutional challenge of the state’s medical marijuana law. The motion asked the Supreme Court to reconsider a recent decision overturning significant parts of a lower court’s injunction against the law. As a result of the September 11 ruling overturning the injunction, the provisions in the current medical marijuana that limit providers to no more than 3 patients and prohibit them from [...]

By |October 23, 2012|Uncategorized|

Special Thanks to Senator Jeff Essmann and Safe Communities Safe Kids for a Job Well Done

Our political opponents attempted a publicity stunt yesterday that backfired in the most spectacular fashion. It is not often a group calls a secret press conference and promptly self-destructs at the microphone - but that is exactly what happened yesterday at Jake's Steaks in Billings. Patients for Reform, Not Repeal put out a radio ad that indicated Senator Essmann recognized the failure of his own law and thought it needed to be changed. (I have not actually heard the ad because [...]

By |October 18, 2012|Uncategorized|

Efforts Underway to Keep the Montana Medical Marijuana Program Alive

As many of you know, the recent Montana Supreme Court decision in the MTCIA lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the current medical marijuana law is now being reconsidered by the Court. Our attorney, Jim Goetz, filed a Petition for Rehearing on September 25. The state’s Attorney General filed a response on October 9. The matter is now being reconsidered by the Supreme Court, and we do not know when a decision will be rendered. While it is possible a decision may [...]

By |October 18, 2012|Uncategorized|

The Myth of the Return of the Wild, Wild West

Much is being made by supporters of SB423 that a return to I-148 (the state’s former medical marijuana law) represents a return to the fabled days of the “wild wild west.” It seems like neither Senator Jeff Essmann nor the lobbying group Safe Communities, Safe Kids can talk about the repeal of SB423 without trying to scare voters with this fictional boogieman. The reality is that I-148 is not as vague as they would have the voters believe, and our own [...]

By |October 16, 2012|Uncategorized|

Patients for Reform, Not Repeal Responds to Bad Journalism in Billings Gazette

The following was posted on the Patients for Reform website earlier today: Don't Let Lazy Press Mislead You On SB 423 October 15, 2012 Here's is how the Billings Gazette is defining the decision over SB 423: "Voting 'for' means supporting the changes that have curbed medical marijuana businesses over the past year. Voting 'against' means going back to the original, voter-approved 2004 law that allowed medical marijuana businesses to flourish." Here is how Montana Public Radio is defining the decision [...]

By |October 15, 2012|Uncategorized|

“Code of the West” Documentary Now Available Online

Drug policy reform continues to make national headlines, but reasoned, bipartisan dialogue on the issues is increasingly rare. Now, CODE OF THE WEST captures the human story behind the legislative process of state-level marijuana policy reform, revealing with nuance and compassion the fight for and against medical marijuana legalization in Montana. Now you can watch the film online for $5! Purchase a individual stream of the film at http://www.newdaydigital.com/Code-of-the-West.html (scroll to the bottom of the page for the $5 individual stream [...]

By |October 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

National Marijuana Business Conference in November

The first annual National Marijuana Business Conference is an event focused on business, financial and legal concerns for medical marijuana industry professionals. There will be keynotes from Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project, Steve DeAngelo from Harborside Health Center and lots of break-out sessions by speakers from across the country. The conference will be held on the 8th and 9th of November in Denver. Topics range from infused products, new mmj products, best practices, testing labs, and overviews on legislation [...]

By |October 11, 2012|Uncategorized|

State Attorney General’s Office Responds to Petition for Rehearing

The state's Attorney General's office responded to the MTCIA's motion for rehearing by filing its "Objection to Petition for Rehearing" yesterday, October 9. According to the Supreme Court's online docket, it now considers the matter officially submitted for determination. We are unable to say how long it will take the Court to render its decision. The arguments between the MTCIA and the Attorney General are fairly technical. The MTCIA argued that it was simply speaking to the issue on appeal: whether [...]

By |October 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

IR-124 Under Attack on Radio – Bullock Says He’ll Vote Against IR-124

This went out earlier today from Patients for Reform. HELENA, Oct. 10 – No poll shows IR-124 with majority support, and the new law now faces two new hurdles to approval by the voters this year. Patients for Reform, Not Repeal has begun its second radio advertising campaign with a new spot, entitled “Running Away,” which points to the measure’s weak voter support and even opposition from the Montana Republican Party. The spot notes that Sen. Jeff Essman, sponsor of SB [...]

By |October 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

Chris Lindsey’s Follow Up on the Chris Williams Trial – Why I Decided to Plead Guilty

I thought it was about time to follow up on my previous post about Chris Williams' trial. The decision to plead guilty, and ultimately be compelled to testify, came down to a few key factors for me, and I relied on several family members and friends during the course of the last year to help me in make this decision. Here are a few things that tipped the scale in my mind, in no particular order. 1. One of the hallmarks [...]

By |October 8, 2012|Uncategorized|

Safe Communities Safe Kids Distorts the Truth – Again

The group Safe Communities, Safe Kids was the strongest supporter of complete repeal of the voter-approved medical marijuana law during the last legislative session, and worked against all forms of regulation and a workable system for Montana citizens. When complete repeal became impossible, they encouraged legislators to get as close to repeal as possible. 62% of voters passed the law in 2004 -- and in early 2011, polls showed that 76% supported reform rather than repeal. Their efforts succeeded, and the [...]

By |October 4, 2012|Uncategorized|

Chris Williams Found Guilty On All Counts

Chris Williams was found guilty on all counts related to his work at a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver organization, which was the subject of a federal raid in March of 2011. The verdict was reached by the jury shortly after 5:00 p.m. today and Mr. Williams was taken into custody by law enforcement officers. Chris faces mandatory minimum sentences which run into decades, and could be as high as 85 to 90 years. Maximum sentences run for several lifetimes. “It’s a [...]

By |September 27, 2012|Uncategorized|

Federal Case on Chris Williams Now Before the Jury

The jury is currently deliberating the fate of Chris Williams, the single hold-out in the Montana Cannabis case being tried in Helena and the first medical marijuana defendant to go to trial in federal court in Montana. His attorney moved for a mistrial based on comments made by the prosecutor during closing arguments, but the judge denied the motion. Read more here: http://helenair.com/news/williams-trial-defense-attorney-requests-mistrial/article_43bc4c32-08c7-11e2-919b-001a4bcf887a.html

By |September 27, 2012|Uncategorized|

BREAKING NEWS: New Memo from U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter

Earlier today the Missoula Independent published a memo written by U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter to federal law enforcement officials in Montana. The memo discusses plant counts and weights in what appear to be threshold amounts as a basis for prosecution.  Please take a moment to read both the article and the memo. We encourage you to pay particular attention to the comments by Diane Sands, which are quoted in the news story. It is tempting to read this memo as a [...]

By |September 25, 2012|Uncategorized|

Message from Chris Lindsey on Chris Williams’ Trial

As many of you know, I was charged with several federal offenses related to work I did while at a company called Montana Cannabis. All of the original partners in Montana Cannabis have pled guilty to various federal charges related to medical marijuana activity except for Chris Williams, and his trial started today. I and several others related to the business were subpoenaed to testify today and did so in Helena. Chris’ attorney may yet call me back to testify further. [...]

By |September 24, 2012|Uncategorized|

Pending Changes to the MTCIA’s Injunction on the Current Medical Marijuana Law

Many providers are rightfully concerned about the upcoming changes to the injunction the MTCIA obtained on our current medical marijuana law. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you likely know that the Montana Supreme Court issued a decision that requires that the injunction be changed, and ordered the lower court to reconsider the basis for issuing it. The injunction blocked several of the worst provisions of the current medical marijuana law. The state’s [...]

By |September 24, 2012|Uncategorized|

Vote AGAINST SB 423 Flyers

We finally have some flyers available for volunteers to print out and distribute around your community.  This truly is a grassroots effort we are undertaking and your help will make a difference.  The flyer is available in color or B&W and full page or 4/page.  The links to each of the files are below.  We will have stickers available sometime soon. We are required by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices to report all of the contributions made on behalf of [...]

By |September 18, 2012|IR-124, Uncategorized|

DPHHS Orders Medical Marijuana Providers to Drop Approximately 5,400 Patients

(September 18, 2012 – Missoula) Following the Montana Supreme Court’s September 11 ruling overturning an injunction on parts of the current medical marijuana law, DPHHS is ordering a majority of the state’s providers to decide which patients they will cancel. The directive is intended to bring the providers into conformity with the current requirements of the state’s medical marijuana law without the injunction in effect. Today, DPHHS is mailing letters to 267 providers, leaving approximately 5,400 patients without a medical marijuana [...]

By |September 18, 2012|Uncategorized|

Ballot Issue Radio Ad Features Sen. Larry Jent Acknowledging that SB 423 Was Intended as “Defacto Repeal” of Voter Intent for Medical Marijuana Patients

Check out this statement issued by Patients for Reform earlier today.  To hear the ad, go to http://www.patientsforreform.org/radio-ad/. (September 18, 2012 – Helena, MT) A radio ad airing statewide beginning today uses the voice of state Senator Larry Jent (D-Bozeman) to urge voters to reject Senate Bill 423, the new “repeal and destroy” medical marijuana law passed by the 2011 Montana Legislature, it was announced today. In the ad, Jent admits that the Legislature’s final vote in the 2011 session was [...]

By |September 18, 2012|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Endorses Gary Marbut’s Candidacy for HD 99

NEWS RELEASE Montana Cannabis Industry Association Endorses Gary Marbut for HD 99 MISSOULA - The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) has endorsed Gary Marbut in his bid for the Montana Legislature in House District 99. The MTCIA is the statewide group which advocates for medical marijuana providers. Chris Lindsey, President MTCIA commented, "The MTCIA is pleased to endorse Gary Marbut for HD 99, one of only two candidates we have endorsed for the Legislature this election cycle. We endorsed Gary because [...]

By |September 14, 2012|Uncategorized|

Patients for Reform, Not Repeal Issues Press Release Following Statewide Poll

The following statement was issued by Patients for Reform yesterday, following a poll of likely voters in November: IR-124 Faces Uphill Battle Opponents Glad to See Legislature’s Phony Medical Marijuana Law Polls Below 50% HELENA, Sept. 13 – A new poll shows that IR-124 (PDF), the November 6 referendum on the 2011 Legislature’s unworkable medical marijuana law, faces steep odds, with support at only 46 percent. Bob Brigham, campaign manager for Patients for Reform, Not Repeal, said, “Historically, ballot measures that [...]

By |September 14, 2012|Uncategorized|

DPHHS Issues Statement on Effect of Supreme Court Decision

This statement was just sent to the MTCIA by the Department of Public Health and Human Services, and now appears on the Marijuana Program website for the department: "The September 11, 2012 Decision of the Supreme Court in Montana Cannabis v. State, 2012 MT 201, effectively lifts the injunction imposed by District Court Judge James Reynolds, as to the enforcement of §§ 50-46-308 (3), (4), (6)(a), and (6)(b), MCA. However, the decision of the Supreme Court does not take effect until [...]

By |September 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

Does the Supreme Court Ruling Lift the Injunction Immediately?

Unfortunately, as of this moment, we do not know. DPHHS is considering this question and will post information on its website later today. There have been no official statements by the state's attorney general's office. It is a complicated answer for a number of reasons and full of uncertainty. The Court's ruling says the judge's decision is "reversed and remanded." Does the word "reversed" mean the injunction automatically goes away? It is simply not clear. Add to this the fact that [...]

By |September 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

Ballot Language for IR-124

Many have asked what the actual wording is for IR-124, which allows voters to completely repeal SB423. Please everyone, get the word to everyone you know - be sure to vote this year and VOTE AGAINST IR-124! ----------- INITIATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 124 AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE REFERRED BY REFERENDUM PETITION In 2004, Montana voters approved I-148, creating a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Senate Bill 423, passed by the 2011 Legislature, repeals I-148 and enacts a [...]

By |September 11, 2012|Uncategorized|

Join Our Statewide Conference Call

In lieu of our usual monthly meetings, we will be holding a statewide conference call this Wednesday night at 7pm.  We think that it is important to keep everyone informed, but it isn't really cost-effective for Chris to travel around the state.  We also know there are a lot of you unable to attend the meetings for one reason or another. Everyone is welcome to join us.  Chris will lead the call and the primary topic of the discussion will be [...]

By |September 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

Updated: Vigil for Richard Flor

As many of you know, Richard Flor passed away on August 30th while in federal custody.  Flor was the first registered caregiver in the state of Montana.  Flor, along with his wife and son, were serving time in prison as a result of their involvement with Montana Cannabis.  He suffered from many ailments that included dementia and diabetes.  He also broke several bones while falling out of bed onto the concrete prison floor.  Despite the Federal Bureau of Prisons having provisions [...]

By |September 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

Billings Call-to-Action Meeting Next Week

It is hard to believe the election is just over 2 months away.  We worked extremely hard last year to get IR-124 on the ballot, but that was not the end of our efforts.  We need to join forces once again to help people understand that they need to vote NO on IR-124.  There is a lot of confusion about whether people should vote no or yes, even among medical marijuana supporters.  It is imperative for us change that. On Tuesday, [...]

By |August 31, 2012|Uncategorized|

“Welcome to Yellowstone County, Where the Will of the People Doesn’t Count”

The following press release will be sent out tomorrow morning: CANNABIS ORGANIZATION TAKES ITS CAUSE TO BILLINGS AREA BILLBOARDS Ongoing Debate over Will of the People Continues Appears on Montana Avenue A billboard reading “Welcome to Yellowstone County, Where the Will of the People Doesn't Count” now appears on Montana Avenue in Billings.  The billboard was put up by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, best known its legal challenge to the current medical marijuana law.  The new law repealed the popular and controversial voter initiative [...]

By |July 30, 2012|Uncategorized|

Montana Supreme Court Rolls Back Protections in Medical Marijuana Law

In a recent string of cases, the Montana Supreme Court has taken a harsh stand against protections and provisions contained in the former medical marijuana law.  If SB423 is repealed in the upcoming general election on November 9, the legal landscape will be remarkably different for those who attempt to operate under I-148 in previous years. These decisions also directly affect anyone who is currently or may eventually be charged for violating the former law.  Under Montana law, anyone charged with [...]

By |July 27, 2012|Uncategorized|

Lucky Patcher Alternatives

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By |June 22, 2012|Uncategorized|

Please Support CI-110

As many of you know, an organization called Montana First is passing around petitions to end marijuana Prohibition in Montana, called CI-110.  This protection will apply not only to medical marijuana patients, but also eliminates marijuana crimes for all responsible adults.  While the MTCIA supports a better regulatory approach for medical marijuana, CI-110 presents the best possible solution at the state level - a Constitutional amendment that would protect everyone from criminal penalties.  Just as important, a Constitutional amendment would prevent [...]

By |May 31, 2012|Uncategorized|

Post-Hearing Comments from Chris Lindsey

Today the Montana Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides of the controversy in our case.  Jim Molloy represented the State of Montana and Jim Goetz represented the MTCIA and the other plaintiffs. The State of Montana argued that Judge Reynolds in the district court should not have used the standard he used in the process of issuing the injunction.   The State asked the Montana Supreme Court to send the injunction back to the lower court with an order to [...]

By |May 30, 2012|Uncategorized|

Supreme Court Hearing Tomorrow

The Montana Supreme Court hearing in our case is tomorrow.  It is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. in the court’s chambers on the third floor of the Justice and State Library Building, 215 N. Sanders, in Helena.  The Court has ordered that each side has 30 minutes or less in which to make its oral arguments, and they will be fairly technical in nature.  There will be only two issues in front of the Court:  (1) Did the District [...]

By |May 29, 2012|Lawsuit, Uncategorized|

Important Renewal Information for Providers

Providers who registered between July 1 and October 1 will have a bit of a grace period on their renewal date because DPHHS did not require fingerprints until October 1.  Providers’ expiration dates are based on the date of the last fingerprint background check.  DPHHS will do a mailing to providers to tell them how to renew (which will also include new fingerprint cards) about 4 weeks before their renewal is due.   By way of example:  Say a provider signed up [...]

By |May 25, 2012|Uncategorized|

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By |May 25, 2012|Uncategorized|

A Message From New MTCIA President Chris Lindsey

As many of you have heard, Ed Doctor’s year-long tenure as the president of the MTCIA has come to an end.  Ed has taken the MTCIA’s cause and made it his personal responsibility, and that commitment has made the organization what it is today.  His leadership, insight and humor will be missed.  Ed also resigned his position as a board member so that he can do the important work of starting a Political Action Committee.  The most fundamental change we can [...]

By |May 23, 2012|Uncategorized|

A Thank You to Representative Rehberg

The MTCIA wishes to thank US Representative Denny Rehberg for standing up for the traditional Montana value of self determination, and for showing his support for Montana citizens facing the imposition of federal policies that hurt our state. We believe Montanan’s should decide for themselves what is best for their own citizens – not the Obama Administration. On May 9, the US House of Representatives considered the Rohrabacher-Hinchey-Farr-McClintock Amendment to the appropriations bill.  This important amendment would have defunded federal enforcement [...]

By |May 11, 2012|Uncategorized|

Clarification Regarding Recent Request for Donations

Following our most recent blog post on the costs of the lawsuit, there has been a great deal of speculation that we are prepared to abandon our fight against SB423.  This is not the position of the MTCIA, and we have no plans to give up the fight.  Rather, we are simple asking those who have benefited from the lawsuit to contribute to the cost, and nothing more. The lawsuit against the state of Montana for its attempts to destroy the industry is [...]

By |May 6, 2012|Uncategorized|

Donations and The Future of the Lawsuit

We’ve taken some serious hits from the federal government over the last year (on top of the ones delivered by our own state government).  The recent round of federal indictments and raids has had a seriously detrimental effect on what is remaining of Montana’s medical marijuana industry.  Our state law obviously offers no guarantee of protection from federal intrusion and our State Attorney General, as well as every other state-elected official, all continue to remain mum on the harassment and damage [...]

By |May 1, 2012|Uncategorized|

Important News for Cardholders

As you may already know, DPHHS is changing its fees for registrations and renewals.  Both new applications and renewals will change to $75 effect on June 1, 2012.  For the nitty-gritty details, the state has posted a .pdf file here.  We thought we would give you some other pointers to make sure things go smoothly with your applications: If you send in your payment and it is received before May 31, you will get the old rate.  After that, you will [...]

By |April 27, 2012|Uncategorized|

Patient Seminars Scheduled for May

Montana’s medical marijuana law was designed to drastically reduce the number of medical marijuana providers in the state.  In 2010, there was 1 caregiver for every 6 patients.  Today, that ratio is 1 to 47, and over 45% of the remaining patients have no provider at all according to the Department of Public Health and Human Services.  Because caregivers often assist patients with news and information, today there are few ways for cardholders to learn about the program or current legal [...]

By |April 25, 2012|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Comments on Recent Federal Indictments

The most recent round of federal indictments stemmed from the March 2011 raids of Big Sky Patient Care, Montana Cannabis, and MCM as well as the May 2011 raid of Sleeping Giant Caregivers.  This news was a grim reminder of the inherent risks of doing business in this industry as well as the ongoing conflict between state and federal laws.  These indictments carried your typical charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, the manufacture and distribution of marijuana, and possession with intent [...]

By |April 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

The State of Montana’s Reply and Response Brief

The following link is to the combined reply and response brief filed by the State of Montana in regards to their appeal on the temporary injunction.  It will give you an idea of what the State will present during oral arguments with the Montana Supreme Court on April 30. State's Combined Reply and Response Brief UPDATE: Oral arguments have been rescheduled for May 30 in Helena. 

By |April 5, 2012|Lawsuit, Uncategorized|

Landlords: The Latest Victim in the War on Drugs

On April 19, Jonathan Janetski will learn how long he will be spending in federal prison.  He is looking at 30 to 36 months behind bars.  Janetski’s tenants were among the medical marijuana providers that were raided in March 2011.  It appears that the federal government is making good on their threat to go after those peripheral, but not directly involved in the medical marijuana industry. According to media reports, we know that Jenetski knew his tenants were medical marijuana providers [...]

By |April 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

Children, Family, Health, & Human Services Interim Committee Meeting

The following was presented by Chris Lindsey at the Children, Family, Health, & Human Services Interim Committee Meeting in Helena on March 30, 2012. Madam Chair, ladies and gentlemen of the committee, my name is Chris Lindsey, and I am here on behalf of the MTCIA. If the purpose of SB423 was to encourage people to leave the system, the current law has been a tremendous success. If the purpose was to regulate medical marijuana in a way that can help [...]

By |March 27, 2012|Uncategorized|

Lawsuit Update

On April 30, the Montana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to determine if Judge Reynolds was right in granting the temporary injunction that blocked certain portions of SB 423.  The hearing will be held in Bozeman at the MSU Strand Union Building.  The Montana Supreme Court holds an annual ‘Law Day’ on the MSU campus to provide the public with an opportunity to see the high court in action.  They typically choose a high profile case for this event.   Some [...]

By |March 22, 2012|Lawsuit, Uncategorized|

One way you can help…

The recent federal raids of state legitimate medical cannabis providers in Yellowstone County have people across Montana concerned for many reasons. Patients are worried about having safe access to cannabis. While their legal providers are federally raided and being forced to shut down, these patients are left with nowhere to turn for safe, legitimate access to their medicine. State compliant providers still existing under SB423 are worried about having their businesses shut down and their lives ruined because of federal intrusion [...]

By |March 19, 2012|Uncategorized|

Medical Marijuana Law FAQ

We just published a new page here on the site that is an FAQ on the law as it currently stands.  It is on the lengthy side, but well worth your time if it helps ensure that you are adhering to state law.  Check it out here.  For future reference, there will be a permanent link to the FAQ at the top of this page. Read it, then read it again.

By |March 10, 2012|Uncategorized|

MTCIA’s Comments on Raids in Billings

As many of you know, more federal raids took place in the Billings area on Wednesday, February 28th.  We are saddened that the federal government continues to harass people who are attempting to abide by a law created and adopted by our own state legislature.  The U.S. Attorneys Office has released that searches were completed in at least four medical marijuana businesses.  The MTCIA has only been able to confirm two of those searches – one storefront and one warehouse.  Despite [...]

By |March 4, 2012|Uncategorized|

Recap of the Lawsuit and Next Steps

As many of you already know, the MTCIA initiated a constitutional challenge to the current medical marijuana law in the state last summer. Here is a recap on what has happened so far and where we are today. In order to prevent the more offensive parts of the law from going into effect, the MTCIA and the other plaintiffs in the case asked the judge to place injunction on the new law in order to protect patients, providers and physicians. After [...]

By |February 14, 2012|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Lawsuit Update & Holiday Message from Billings

Late last month, the state of Montana filed its appeal of the temporary injunction against provisions in SB 423 secured last summer in the MTCIA vs. the State of Montana. Highlights of the state’s argument against the injunction: The right to pursue employment is limited to lawful activities and commercially selling marijuana is illegal under Montana and federal law. There “is no right to pursue health free of government regulations.” The “right to privacy encompasses the right to make medical decisions [...]

By |December 20, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Asks Patients to Use their Power

Medical cannabis patients are often forced to emphasize their vulnerabilities in order to prove their worthiness to access a botanical that offers them relief. Their “worthiness” is measured by legislators' perceived degree of patient suffering rather than whether or not cannabis is effective for their condition.  This requirement to emphasize a vulnerability, however, belies patients’ strength, courage, and power. Patients were the front lines for challenging the myths and lies on which the marijuana prohibition industries were built. Currently, in Montana, if [...]

By |December 16, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Announces December Membership Meetings/Holiday Parties

Meetings will run from 7:15 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. In recognition of the holidays, this month's gatherings are social and open to non-members.  Helena member meetings to begin early next year. Kalispell Monday, December 12 Glacier View VFW 330 1st Ave This month's meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. It will be a Christmas party with a pot luck and white elephant gift exchange ($5 limit if you'd like to participate). The party will also have an ugly sweater contest with a [...]

By |December 8, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Is Thinking About the Numbers

Montana’s population is less than a million. In 2008, we had a 74% election turnout. Fewer than 250,000 votes won a statewide race, or with the same turnout would win a statewide referendum. Are there 250,000 votes in Montana to toss out the unconstitutional wreck of a law (SB 423) passed by the 2011 legislature meant to dismantle medical cannabis access in the state? Are there 250,000 votes to end prohibition of the adult use of cannabis in Montana? Start looking [...]

By |December 5, 2011|Uncategorized|

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|

MTCIA Announces Dates For November Membership Meetings & the Chamber of Commerce’s Upcoming Webinar

Meetings will run from 7:15 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Any changes in time or location will be announced in advance. These meeting are for MTCIA members. If you are not currently a member and would like to become one, please arrive at 7 pm to sign up. Kalispell Monday, November 14 Glacier View VFW 330 1st Ave West Missoula Tuesday, November 15 Top Hat, 134 West Front St.   Bozeman Wednesday, November 16 Best Western 1325 North 7th Avenue Billings Thursday, November 17 [...]

By |October 29, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA News & Update

First, a reminder: When patients send in their paperwork, they need to include the paperwork from their doctors and the paperwork from their providers. Be sure a copy of your driver’s license is included in the paperwork. Another reminder: The legislature successfully overrode the will of Missoula voters by overturning their lowest priority ordinance for cannabis-related misdemeanors. Please keep in mind that this change has occurred and there may be people who are very happy about that, perhaps even, enthusiastic. Be [...]

By |October 23, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Reports on Hearing of Montana Caregiver on Issue of Admissible Evidence

The hearing for Richard and Justin Flor to determine what would, or would not, be admissible evidence was scheduled for this morning in Helena in federal court. At this hearing, Judge Lovell was expected to rule on whether the fact that Montana state law allows for medical cannabis would be admissible in federal court, or whether the Flor trial would move forward as though the Flors’ medical cannabis business was a black market operation in a state without medical marijuana laws. [...]

By |October 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA News & Update

Montana medical cannabis providers were required to submit their fingerprints to DPHHS by October 1, a requirement that concerned many. Ninety-three providers have dropped off the provider registry as a result of this requirement, most by choice, a few due to technical problems with their submission. With the number of providers down near a mere 300 and patient numbers in the 25,000 range, and more than 19,000 patients without providers, it is clear that many patients have had to resort to [...]

By |October 10, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Announces Schedule for Monthly Membership Meetings

Meetings will run from 7:15 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Any changes in time or location will be announced in advance. These meeting are for MTCIA members. If you are not currently a member and would like to become one, arrive at 7 pm to sign up. Second Monday of every month Kalispell: Glacier View VFW 330 1st Ave West Kalispell , MT 59901 Second Tuesday of every month Missoula: Top Hat 134 West Front Street Missoula, MT 59802-4304 Second Wednesday of every month [...]

By |October 6, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Offers List of Links to Cannabis-Related Petitions on the White House Server

We all recognize the need for change in cannabis-related laws at the federal level. See the links below to sign on to petitions on the White House server. Release all known beneficial information regarding cannabis (hemp, marijuana) and its derivatives. Stop denying the medical value of cannabis (marijuana.) Remove it from schedule one of the controlled substances act. Remove Marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of drugs in the Controlled Substances Act Allow United States Disabled Military Veterans access to medical marijuana to [...]

By |October 5, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Applauds Attorney General Bullock’s Response to ATF Memo

The Montana Attorney General has issued a response to the memo by the ATF that rescinded 2nd amendment rights for medical cannabis patients. Below is an excerpt from Attorney General Bullock’s letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: “Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. More than 90 million people live in these jurisdictions, comprising 29.2% of the total population of the United States. In our federal system [...]

By |October 3, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Thanks Congressional Delegation & Looks Forward to More Dialogue

The MTCIA would like to thank the Montana delegation for standing up for the 2nd amendment rights of the citizens of Montana who use medical marijuana. We greatly appreciate your recognizing and objecting to the trampling of Montanans’ and Americans’ 2nd amendment rights.  We hope our delegation can continue to participate in the conversation here in Montana about the ways in which federal drug policies have trampled on citizens’ rights. In Montana, peoples’ lives have been saved, their health improved or [...]

By |September 30, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Shocked by Memo Suspending Gun Rights for Medical Cannabis Patients

(from Chris Lindsey) The MTCIA was shocked to receive a memo written by the Department of Justice addressed to individuals and companies who sell firearms.  The memo states in no uncertain terms that according to the Department of Justice, it is illegal for people who are listed as medical marijuana patients to own a gun or ammo. Thus, with a stroke of a pen, the Department of Justice has suspended the 2nd Amendment for those use medical cannabis. In fact, the [...]

By |September 26, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Reports on Wheeler Conference

  It was an interesting week for marijuana in Montana. It seems it finally penetrated the public conversation that SB 423 created a mess. At both the interim committee on Children, Families, Health and Human Services meeting and the Wheeler conference, it was clear that denying access to medical cannabis didn’t impact cannabis use, it only served to increase the number of people you can incarcerate.  It is a step in the right direction to have institutions such as the Wheeler [...]

By |September 25, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Reports on Children and Families Interim Committee Meeting

On Monday, September 19, the Children and Families Interim Committee met and spent 45 minutes of the meeting on the medical marijuana program. The agenda included presentations by legislative staff, Sue O’Connell; Roy Kemp who administers the medical marijuana registry at the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS); and Kate Cholewa of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. There is a link to the audio of the meeting here. Representative Diane Sands also reported on her trip to Washington, D.C. and [...]

By |September 21, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Reminder of this Week’s Events

Tomorrow, Monday, September 19, the Children and Families Interim Committee meets at 9 a.m in room 137, at the Capitol in Helena. They will discuss the medical marijuana program from 9:05 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Go here to watch or listen online. Then, Monday evening, The Wheeler Conference begins. The conference, “Medical Marijuana: Thoughtful Questions, Responsible Answers”, will be held at the Red Lion Colonial in Helena. The cost for the conference is $35.00 and includes breakfast and lunch on the 20th. Their objective [...]

By |September 18, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Update on Fingerprint Requirement

SB423 includes no shortage of offensive requirements for medical marijuana program participants.  Of recent concern is the requirement that providers submit their fingerprints to the FBI and US Department of Justice and, in effect, risk self-incrimination despite the guarantees in the US and Montana Constitutions.  The MTCIA has been consulting with attorneys and DPHHS in search of a solution.  We explored the prospect of legal action as well as changes to the administrative process to avoid identification of providers. Under the [...]

By |September 15, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Important Information from the MTCIA Regarding the Fingerprinting Requirement in SB 423

Many providers have received fingerprint kits in the mail. The new law requires that all providers submit fingerprints by Oct 1. But once again, poor crafting in the new law is resulting in procedural complications in some counties. Given that fingerprints are run against a federal database, the provision also raises 5th amendment concerns (the right to not self-incriminate) given that the federal government does not recognize the medical use and distribution of marijuana. The MTCIA is in discussions with DPHHS [...]

By |September 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Encourages Participation at Two Upcoming Conferences

Mark your calendars for two upcoming conferences. One takes place here in Montana and one in L.A. The Wheeler Conference takes place on Monday evening and Tuesday, September 19 and 20. The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy in Bozeman, MT, promotes the discussion, analysis and eventual resolution of critical issues facing Montana and the region. The Center holds two conferences annually. The topic of their upcoming conference is medical cannabis. The conference, "Medical Marijuana: Thoughtful Questions, Responsible Answers", will [...]

By |September 13, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Dispels Rumor, Reminds Providers of Deadline, and Wishes a Happy Hempfest to All

Hempfest is happening today in Missoula at Cara Park under the bridge. MTCIA President Ed Docter will speak at 4 p.m. The MTCIA is sponsoring the after-party at the Top Hat at 10 pm. $5 at the door. Music by Last International and Voodoo Horseshoes. Giveaways. And now a little business - A rumor that’s been floating around is that the injunction on SB 423 secured by MTCIA attorney Jim Goetz expires on September 30. This is not true. If signature [...]

By |September 10, 2011|Uncategorized|

MTCIA Rundown on Legal Challenges to Medical Cannabis Laws & Enforcement in MT

(from Chris Lindsey) There are several cases underway that affect Montana’s medical Cannabis community.  The main case, the one run through Jim Goetz’s office, is being financed by the MTCIA.  Others are private actions in different parts of the state, but are key cases for the community and we are watching them closely.  Here is a quick summary. 1.      The MTCIA’s case to challenge the constitutionality of SB423 continues.  Late in June, Judge Reynolds declared that several provisions including [...]

By |September 6, 2011|Uncategorized|

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|

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|


Urgent Update: Get your patients to fill out the form to make you a provider NOW. The judge’s opinion regarding the injunction against SB 423 preserves the right for patients to obtain their cannabis from professional growers rather than having to grow it themselves or find someone who will grow it for them for free. However, there’s a glitch. A part of the law that goes into effect tomorrow requires that if you are providing medical marijuana to patients YOU MUST [...]

By |June 30, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

The Petition is Ready – Now Hold Your Horses

Originally from the Montana NORML blog: Great news: Montana’s Attorney General and Secretary of State have approved the petition to block SB-423 and refer it to a vote of the people in 2012. Signature gathering will not begin immediately. A few years back, the process of collecting signatures became a lot more complicated (28-page PDF). For example: Signature gatherers must be Montana residents Signature gatherers may not be paid anything of value based on the number of signatures gathered Each printed [...]

By |June 30, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

The MTCIA Represents Access

 Some have expressed that they believe the word “industry” in this organization’s name doesn’t serve the cause. Some feel it makes it sound as though the group is all about business and money, rather than patients. Also, the fact that the group openly discusses the impact of the new law on Montana jobs also has led some to critique that it makes the group look money-oriented rather than patient-oriented. It is true that we are stepping forward as a representative of [...]

By |June 28, 2011|Uncategorized|

Billings MTCIA Event: Group Shares Food, Drink, as We All Wait

And now, there’s three days. What tension. We’ve been pulled pretty taut these last six months, yes? Yesterday, Ed Docter, Pat Pardis, and Kate Cholewa from the MTCIA board rolled into Billings for a fundraiser and Battle of the Bands. Thanks to James Haney, Mort Ried, Kathleen Shannon, and Jude Mendonza for local organizing and coordination. Thanks again to Misty Carey for generating printed materials. It was great to get together but there was also a pervasive sense of gravity and [...]

By |June 28, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

Thank You Missoula, Butte, & Now We Wait on Injunction

Many thanks go out to those who organized the Missoula MTCIA fundraiser. Special thanks to Rose Habib for on-the-ground organizing, and to Terry Betschart and Gabe McMurray for their donation of silent auction items. We also received the anonymous donation of a grow tent for auction. (MTCIA board member Ed Docter did a pretty hilarious job in the role of auctioneer). Thank you out there, anonymous one. Belated thanks to Butte, too, who by all accounts put together a Butte-style, rock [...]

By |June 24, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Final Day of Hearing on SB 423 Injunction

There’s what’s going on in the courtroom and there is also a lot of documents submitted to the judge from both sides that are part of the case. Reading material, you might say. I believe the judge will read them. All of it factors into Judge Reynolds’ opinion. The feeling in the air is that the severability issue will come into play with this court decision. Some provisions of SB 423 will be allowed to go into effect, some won’t. But [...]

By |June 22, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Statewide Conference Call, Wednesday June 22 7:30

Update: The call was great. You can listen to a replay until June 30th here.   Wednesday, June 22nd, MTCIA board members will host a statewide public conference call for all interested parties to talk about: - lawsuit reflections and anticipated results - referendum planning - fundraising (and spending) - etc To submit your questions in advance, email: questions@mtcia.org The call-in info is as follows:   When: Wednesday 6-22, 7:30PM Mountain Time Number: 712-432-0900 Access Code: 161228# We are expecting hundreds [...]

By |June 22, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

SB 423: Let the Law be on Trial, Not Us

Crazy assertions today in the Bozeman Chronicle, huh? Is this what public discourse has come to, just making things up and having reporters relay it to the community without question?  The article reported that crime has increased in 78 percent of the state’s jurisdictions since medical marijuana became legal in Montana.  A report published by the Montana Board of Crime Control says the crime rate is at the lowest in 32 years. For accurate stats on crime in Montana, click here. [...]

By |June 16, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA thanks Kalispell and gears up for Court

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the mixer/fundraiser in Kalispell on Saturday night. The team there -  Ian, Jimmy, Tara, Dani, and Roger - put together good food and good music for the evening. The band, Monkey and the Roast Beef Sandwich, will also be playing at the first ever Marijuana Aid: CANNAFEST DESTINY on July 23 at Ryan Creek Meadows. For more information on CANNAFEST DESTINY, contact Ed Docter (ed@mtcia.org). Next stop, Missoula on Thursday, June 23 at the [...]

By |June 13, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Mixer in Kalispell June 11

On Saturday, June 11th, the MTCIA will hold another informational mixer and fundraiser for anyone interested in preserving the legal cannabis industry in Montana. Where: F.O.E. Kalispell 37 1st Street West Kalispell, MT 59901 When: Saturday, June 11, 7PM Meet your neighbors and hear the latest news about the referendum and the lawsuit. And bring your checkbook to invest in the fight to prevent SB 423 from becoming law! Respond on Facebook here.  

By |June 10, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Holds Successful Events in Bozeman and Helena, Kalispell Next

Supporters of voters’ rights, patients, economic justice, and common sense gathered in two communities this weekend at MTCIA fundraisers and mixers. Friday night in Bozeman, diverse voices addressed the group, including Bozeman mayor, Jeff Krauss, who expressed his dismay at the state legislature dismantling their local medical cannabis regulation system. Bozeman figured out how to make medical marijuana work in their community. Too bad the state refused to learn from them. Jim Gingery of the Montana Medical Growers Association (MMGA) addressed [...]

By |June 6, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Statewide Public Forum

On Thursday, June 2nd, from 7-8PM, MTCIA will host a free public telephone call-in forum for patients, caregivers, media and the general public to attend. The format will consist of pre-submitted questions from the public being answered by MTCIA board members, followed by a live Q&A. To join the call, dial: 605-475-4800 When prompted, enter access code: 859198# To pre-submit your questions for the MTCIA Board, visit: http://mtcia.org/contact Questions will be collected until 4PM Thursday.

By |June 2, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

SB423 Referendum Petition Update

As most of you now know, the language for the referendum to stop SB 423 from going into effect must be approved by the Secretary of State, Montana Legislative Services, and the Attorney General’s Office. The Secretary of State had approved the language and sent the petition on to Legislative Services. As a result of its review, Legislative Services has returned the language to the MTCIA with their concerns, which was an expected and anticipated part of the process. Not only [...]

By |May 28, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Montana Medical Marijuana Advocates Slam Sen. Essmann’s Editorial as Fantasy

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) responded today to an editorial in the Billings Gazette by Senator Jeff Essman. In it, Essman said it was “marijuana millionaires” behind the challenge to the new medical marijuana law that dismantles marijuana businesses and requires cannabis patients to secure marijuana through a person who will provide it for free. “Senator Essman is backed by millions of dollars provided by the interests of pharmaceutical companies and private prisons,” said MTCIA board member, Kate Cholewa. “He’s [...]

By |May 26, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Mixer in Bozeman, Friday June 3rd

Please join MTCIA board members in Bozeman on Friday June 3rd to hear the latest about the lawsuit and petition, and raise much needed funds to continue our efforts. When: Friday, June 3, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Where: Eagles Club 316 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT There will be guest speakers, and live music to be announced.  

By |May 25, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

SB 423 Lawsuit Update, Timeline

In the last 24 hours: Our attorneys requested and received a change of judge. Judge Reynolds will now decide the case. The advertising ban restraining order hearing was combined with the main complaint. So, it is in effect at least until the hearing. The schedule was settled; the hearing will last two days, June 20th and 21st. Funds are needed to continue the legal fight. Please donate today by clicking the donate button on our website, or sending a check to: [...]

By |May 25, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Thank You, Billings

Over 100 Montanans from Billings and the surrounding area attended an MTCIA mixer and fundraiser tonight. Energy was high as the crowd learned from MTCIA board members about how we got here, what's happening next with the lawsuit and petition campaign, and how much help is still needed. Over $9000 was raised to support the MTCIA's work to prevent SB 423 from full implementation. It is estimated that the lawsuit alone could generate over $200,000 in legal expenses. Upcoming events in [...]

By |May 22, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

SB 423 Medical Marijuana Lawsuit – Next Steps

Many people have been asking us what to expect from the lawsuit. Here is a brief timeline of upcoming steps in the process: On Monday, May 23rd, a telephone conference between the judge, the state, and our side will discuss scheduling. On the table is whether to deal with the advertising ban restraining order at the same time the main complaint, or separate from it.  If the issues are to be heard separately, the advertising ban hearing will be on Friday [...]

By |May 21, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Mixer and Fundraiser in Billings this Saturday, May 21. (UPDATE)

Come get informed about the current efforts to preserve access to medical cannabis in Montana.  Three MTCIA board members – John Masterson, Ed Docter, and Kate Cholewa – will be there on Saturday, May 21 in Billings to fundraise, network, and exchange information with the local community regarding the lawsuit, referendum, injunction, and other pressing matters. UPDATE: A welcome addition had been added to the schedule for this Saturday's fundraiser and mixer. Representative Robyn Driscoll of Billings will address the group [...]

By |May 17, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Welcomes Sen. Wanzenried at Missoula Event

Wind was banging on the vendors' awnings at Caras Park in Missoula. Around 200 people showed up for the MTCIA cannabis information event. It was a good news night. We got our restraining order. The ban on advertising is a no-go. Keep up your signs and the constitution gets another night's sleep. Three elected officials addressed the crowd. Missoula city council member Cynthia Wolken who is currently running for city council said it's time to tax and regulate. Missoula Representative Ellie [...]

By |May 14, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Restraining Order Approved – Advertising Is Still Legal

We've just been informed that a judge signed our attorney's request for a temporary restraining order. We have succeeded in delaying implementation and enforcement of Section 20 of SB 423, which completely prohibited all forms of advertising of marijuana and marijuana-related products and was scheduled to go into effect at midnight tonight. A followup hearing is scheduled later this month.

By |May 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Acknowledging Challenges And Moving On

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association accepted Nathan Pierce's resignation on May 6 upon learning that he had unresolved legal issues previously thought to be dismissed. The action was immediate in order not to distract from the collective mission to protect the medical cannabis program in Montana and stop the devastation that would be caused by SB 423. Pierce used skills he cultivated with the Builders' Association to create association documents such as bylaws and articles of incorporation back in February. After [...]

By |May 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Referendum Proposal Submitted to Secretary of State to Allow Voters to Judge Legislature’s Marijuana “Repeal in Disguise”

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) has submitted to the Secretary of State a referendum proposal to give voters an opportunity to judge the Legislature’s medical marijuana “repeal in disguise,” the group announced. If enough voters sign an approved petition, SB 423 will appear on the 2012 general election ballot for voters to either reject or endorse.  A sufficient number of petition signatures would nullify SB 423 in the meantime, MTCIA reported. “Montana voters are rightly offended by the Legislature’s actions [...]

By |May 13, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

MTCIA Attorney Moves to Block SB 423 Advertising Ban

In the interest of our members, MTCIA attorney James Goetz has delivered a letter to the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting an agreement that the state of Montana refrain from enforcing the advertising ban in SB 423 until the implementation date of other provisions of the bill, June 30. Goetz has requested a response from the DOJ by noon tomorrow, Thursday, May 12. If the state does not agree to refrain from enforcing the ban on advertising, Goetz immediately will [...]

By |May 11, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Cannabis Industry Mixer – Missoula, Fri May 13th

This Friday in Missoula the Montana Cannabis Industry Association will be hosting an informational / fundraising event. This event will be held at Caras Park downtown from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. We will be introducing the MTCIA board, speaking on topics concerning SB423 and the current state of our industry. There will be guest speakers including Sen. David Wanzenried. Vendors will be offering food, beer, and other sundries. For booth or general info please call board member Ed Docter at: [...]

By |May 10, 2011|Events, Uncategorized|

Enormous Statewide Support for Medical Marijuana Patients, And Against SB 423

Emphasizing that they are overwhelmed by the statewide outpouring of support from patients and their friends and caregivers over the past few days, the leaders of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) today announced they have hired Bozeman attorney Jim Goetz to help them fight for patients’ rights if SB 423 takes effect later this week. “The people of Montana aren’t going to take the decimation of Montana’s medical marijuana law lying down,” said Kate Cholewa, MTCIA Board member.  “And people [...]

By |May 10, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Montana Cannabis Industry Association Launches Unified Defense Against SB 423

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED, TODAY! We’ve got a short time frame to do it, but we must stop SB 423 from being implemented and destroying access to medical cannabis in Montana. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) will secure the services of attorney Jim Goetz of Bozeman who has experience with cannabis cases and experience winning a constitutional case in the United States Supreme Court. He’s a “big gun.” When Montanans see his name, they’ll know we are serious and we [...]

By |May 5, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Montana Cannabis Industry Association Opposes SB 423

The newly formed Montana Cannabis Industry Association today announced its opposition to a revised medical marijuana bill that Governor Schweitzer has announced he will allow to become law. “The medical marijuana law passed by the Montana legislature attacks the state’s citizens at the most basic level – their health and their livelihoods. We’re greatly disappointed that Governor Schweitzer will allow this farce of medical marijuana regulations to go into effect,” said Nathan Pierce of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA). “We’d [...]

By |April 30, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

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