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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|

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|

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|

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|

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