The 2012 Montana Cannabis Voters Guide is out and we are asking readers, including candidates, for input. Due to the high number of filings this year as well as space limitations, we didn’t list every contributing factor in our decision whether we rated the candidate as mixed record/unclear, friendly or unfriendly to our cause. We took into consideration established voting records (especially votes in favor of HB-161, the repeal bill), legislative hearing testimony, public statements, and conversations with constituents and activists. We also ensured that any statements candidates made about the issue were consistent with their votes. In most cases, this was not the case.
Several candidates and activists have emailed us with additional information about themselves, their opponents, or others running for office in Montana and we have updated the guide to reflect the new information.Thank you to all who have contributed, we encourage you to continue contacting candidates. This issue is contentious and assessing the information has been rather difficult. Many legislators who supported regulating medical marijuana in Montana actually voted to repeal its use entirely and the legislative hearings were rife with miscalculations, exaggerations, and blatant lies. Sorting through all of this was quite a feat.
Among the helpful sources (in addition to Montana news media and political blogs) we used in making our determinations were the following:
Interestingly enough, yesterday montanafesto had the highest daily number of hits ever, which is quite an accomplishment considering the number of hits during the last legislative session- and nearly all of the hits were on the cannabis voting guide. This is very encouraging to us as it suggests that our community is engaged and interested. Please help prove, by voting in upcoming elections, that we are a powerful voting bloc. We do not profess to be the definitive authority on the cannabis stance of candidates so please use this guide in addition to your own research. Continue checking this guide as we are adding new information everyday.
Attn candidates and readers: Please comment on this post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (to maintain anonymity) if you would like to add information about a candidate. Thanks!