Rimrock Auto Group/Mercedes Benz Owner Declares Mormon Jihad on Medical Marijuana

The owner of Rimrock Auto Group and the new Mercedes Benz dealership in Billings, Steve Zabawa, has reportedly spent $20,000 to run anti-medical cannabis ads throughout next week.  When he isn’t hiring inexpensive employees from the Alpha House or refusing to honor contractual obligations,  Zabawa can typically be found in Helena testifying that his dealerships have been vandalized by medical marijuana addicts.  Brother Zabawa, as he is affectionately known in his Mormon circles, believes that blessings stem from obedience.  Apparently he believes we need to obey him.

Steve Zabawa has a handful of card- holding employees.  The puritanical prohibitionist Mormon anti-medical marijuana activist apparently wants to revoke his general manager’s right to legally provide cannabis to his wife who is suffering from terminal bone cancer.  Sounds like a great guy to me.  I guess it isn’t any wonder that the dealership has been plagued by a string of lawsuits by customers, employees, and business contacts.  The secret service has been investigating the dealership and rumors of mob connections and shady deals have circulated for as long as Zabawa, the obedient Mormon; has owned the dealership.

I would suggest that anyone who is concerned about the government overstepping its bounds by trampling on laws made by the state’s citizens should be donating to the MMGA.  The industry needs to counter the propaganda.

30 thoughts on “Rimrock Auto Group/Mercedes Benz Owner Declares Mormon Jihad on Medical Marijuana

  1. However much money the ignorant are willing to throw on anti-scientific endeavors, such as discrediting Medicinal Cannabis, the TRUTH will not be denied, although it may be temporarily obscured. Medical Canna-business will grow and flourish, regardless of all the obstacles thrown it way. From the Holistic point of view Cannabis is markedly pro-evolutionary, as it increases appetite, induces rest, suppresses violent urges and enhances sexual experience. Cannabis is not physically addictive, as it lacks the documented “physical withdrawal” syndrome, necessary for a physical dependence determination. The so-called “gateway drug” theory has already been determined to be invalid, and the recent scientific study declared it “half-baked”. Drug Marinol is NOT medical marijuana (and it would seem that any reasonable person would understand this), as the whole plant has over 70 active compounds, therapeutically interacting with one another in many intricate and complex ways. It is very important to stress again and again that Cannabis use, as opposed to alcohol use, suppresses violent urges and behaviors, and that any increased anti-Cannabis repression in this country will be accompanied by increase in drinking, hard drug use, and violence, including among young people. Now, to say that Cannabis plant does not have medicinal properties is the same as to say that the earth is flat, and this would simply not be considered a “rational” statement. Would then the fact that Shafer Commission recommended an immediate decriminalization of marijuana back in 1972, or the fact that Judge Francis Young called marijuana “one of the safest therapeutically-active substances known to man” really surprise anyone? I don’t think so. To win this struggle, just like with all Civil Rights struggles, we will need to overcome the “consciousness of fear”, and repeat the TRUTH about Cannabis again and again, until the necessary “qualitative shift” occurs in our common consciousness, and we will be amazed that the ridiculous Cannabis prohibition really lasted for as long as it did!

    • We must not allow this to pass, tell your friends, and share this post on facebook and other social media outlets. Let’s make as much noise as possible about this abuse of a right guaranteed to most western states.

      I also recommend contacting Steve Zabawa at his dealership to express your discontent with his actions; I have provided his information for you here.

      Steve Zabawa | Rimrock Automotive | 406-655-8580

      I also recommend you send him a letter to his registered mailing address listed with the Montana department of corporations out lining your position:

      Home Address:
      Registered Agent: STEPHEN A ZABAWA
      Address 1: 840 SOUTH SHILOH RD
      Address 2: PO BOX 80208
      City: BILLINGS
      State: MT
      Zip: 59108-0208

      I attempted to locate his home phone number but I was unable to do so using public information but if you have it post it in the comments, I would love to speak with this man!

      If you cannot reach him using either of these methods, go to face book and post your position on his page: https://www.facebook.com/szabawa1 better yet his dealerships Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rimrock-Auto-Group/162117420483058. Remember you can leave a review and make sure its says something about his position or the amount of complaints and law suites filed against him and his company.

      Now the simple fact is we may not be able to change his mind of this matter but one sure-fire way to affect his position and ability to fund this campaign is to hit him in the pocket. Refuse to do any business that is associated with this man. The dealerships in Montana he operates are as follows

      This person must be stopped and our position must stand, Medical Marijuana is a valid medicine that has been proven to safe and effective for the treatment of many medical conditions.

  2. “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.” (Genesis 9:3)

    Is Genesis not part of the Mormon Bible?

    • Mormon’s use these scriptures:

      The Holy Bible (King James Version)
      The Book of Mormon (writings of Christian prophets in the Americas from 3100BC to about 421AD)
      The Doctrine and Covenants (modern doctrinal revelations from 1830 forward)
      The Pearl of Great Price (translation of writings of Moses and Abraham from an Egyptian source… among a few other elements)

  3. The MMGA is the ONLY Trade Association in the state.

    It is quite apparent – Montana folks are used to listening to Associations.

    Associations have their part in the legislative process – across the board – no matter what the industry.

    I have ridden for the brand with the MMGA for almost a year now, and they represent Canna-Business as I have witnessed in Montana.

    Personally – I think it’s time we ALL rode for the brand. It’s how we do things in Montana. Show my own damned GOP what the “Code of the West” really is.

    Also – I work VERY closely with Irvin Rosenfeld – Fed patient #2.

    I have read his book – and I know how hard HE fought to have his medicine over 35 years ago.

    As I think about that with the threat of repeal hanging over not just my, but THOUSANDS of patients across the state of Montana heads, I can be nothing but inspired to fight JUST AS HARD as he did so many years ago.

    Big difference is – he was alone. We have the MMGA – and I intend to Ride for THAT brand and fight, scrap, out-science, and WIN.


    If it ain’t true – DO NOT SAY IT!

  4. And yet it seems that the GOP is pretty sure he will veto a repeal. Why not let the repeal stand and then blame the GOP for overturning the will of the people.

  5. It would be nice to see a bill about getting Montanans back to work. It’s all about the Eagle Forum and Focus on the Family at the Legislature.

  6. I really think this type of behavior is truely sad, like make me tear up sad. Sounds like they dont want the MMJ industry to interfere with their mob marijuana and other illegal acts they partake in. I dont want to be an american any more if it means I have to be of the same nationality as these morons.

  7. Here’s my two cents on the whole medical cannabis debate.

    I’m a devout Mormon. Born and raised in Provo, Utah. Possibly the reddest location in America politically speaking.

    I’ve never smoked…. never drank…. never taken illicit drugs. I believe in our Word of Wisdom standards. I’m not really a fan of narcotics or other illicit drugs. I think there are societal issues at play that have the potential to cross over into the territory of violating others rights to life, etc. I consider myself pretty solid conservative in my day-to-day life and outlook on life.

    That being said, I can distinctly see the difference between medical cannabis use and recreational marijuana usage. Just like I can see the difference between people who take oxycontin for pain, as prescribed. And those who beg, steal, rob, forge prescriptions, etc. to use the oxycontin illicitly.

    I find it interesting that people here are really freaking out about marijuana being used medically….. but hardly blink at the massive widespread abuse of oxycontin. And the likelihood of an average person being hooked on oxycontin and destroying their life…and those around them… is pretty high. I’m sure everyone on here knows people who have had their lives destroyed by oxycontin. And yet oxycontin is legal and available from your doctor today. In fact… I’m willing to bet that pretty much anyone reading this blog who is to receive a prescription for oxycontin will actually fill the prescription and use it as directed by their doctor.

    But I digress.

    In the end… what I think the majority of those who wish to shut down the medical cannabis world are fearing is this: That it is merely a veiled approach to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. I get that. And, as I stated previously, I’m not really a fan of illicit drug use.

    Medical cannabis is well-documented and peer-reviewed for it’s benefits in specific medical cases. I’ve watched my father die a very painful death from cancer. I’ve seen others in that same misery and it’s horrible to watch. Medical cannabis has well-documented positive results with people with cancer and other debilitating pain. A neighbor of my mother-in-laws died of colon cancer at age 36. His doctor prescribed THC in tablet form to control his nausea and pain. THC is the active chemical in cannabis. It also cost him a considerable amounts of cash to purchase the prescription.

    Like everything we take into our body there are numerous major and minor side-effects. Even sugar has an immediate effect on our body… and if abused, as it frequently is, can literally destroy a person’s pancreas. Creating diabetes. Cannabis isn’t without side-effects. Neither is aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, contrast dye used in CT scans, and just about everything else you consume. Aspirin can cause ulcers and internal bleeding if taken in enough quantity. It can also thin your blood to dangerous levels if you’re not careful. Tylenol and Ibuprofen both strip your cells of critical n-acetyl cysteine which, if taken in enough sequential doses, can literally shut down your liver and kidneys. Twenty Tylenol is enough to kill most adults. Take 10 Tylenol and drink a few beers… and no doctor is going to be able to save you. The contrast dyes in CT scans are very deadly to your kidneys, etc. Many narcotics for pain management have the potential to create psychosis. As do many anti-anxiety drugs. You never know if you will be the one who is susceptible or not. Even immunizations have the risk of causing major debilitating or fatal effects. But these are all legal. And we accept the reality that these potentially dangerous effects are the risk we take in pain management, immune support, and diagnostic imaging.

    So in reality…. medical cannabis is on the same field as any other pharmaceutical drug we take… whether over-the-counter, or by prescription.

    I think the real argument here is…. will medical cannabis TRULY be treated with a professional approach. With the same scrutiny and oversight as other controlled substances/medications in the medical community. I totally believe it can. I happen to know a medical cannabis provider. And this person is NOT a “pothead” by any stretch of the imagination. They are very serious and professional about what they do. They do not use cannabis for themselves. They do not give it to people without prescription and guidance from the patients physician. It’s a very professional arrangement. They go to great lengths to try and provide the cleanest cannabis for their patients. They have a very extensive knowledge on the subject and method for application. In many cases a cancer patient is so ill that they are unable to keep food or water down. So this person will reduce the cannabis to a tincture, and then vaporize it so that the patient can get their dose via their lungs. In many cases this reduces their nausea significantly… allowing the patient to eat again.

    Instead of calling for a complete repeal of medical cannabis in this state. Let’s push instead for ensuring that the care can be given with strict oversight and enforcement. This will keep the “potheads” from controlling the industry, and allowing those who are real professional caretakers to do the necessary job that is needed. If someone abuses their responsibility as a caretaker… let’s prosecute them.

    I’m with you…. I’m not a fan of the “pothead” world. But I’m totally fine with a true, medical approach to the use of cannabis. Just as I’m ok with the fact that we use cocaine derivatives for numerous of our other medical and dental procedures (many local anesthetics are derivatives from cocaine).

    Don’t ban it… let’s make sure it’s used properly…. not abused.

    There’s my two cents.


  8. Thank you Sparky.

    Another perspective I would like you to roll around in your head…..

    How about we protect our fellow Montanans from the black market? A lot of folks seem to think we want them here.

    HELL NO!

    They hurt professional businesses – degrade the quality of medicine available, and make for dangerous surroundings.

    I would hope we could draw a “regulatory line” around our Montana folks – to protect – so they can serve safely and with quality and true Montana spirit.

    It really would be what is best for the patients, their providors, as well as our great state. Montanans are proud folk – let’s not shame ourselves with Reefer Madness.

    We ARE an EDUCATED society aren’t we?

  9. http://www.examiner.com/medical-marijuana-in-salt-lake-city/mormons-should-be-supportive-of-medical-marijuana-according-to-lds-doctrine

    What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints make of medical marijuana? Surprisingly answers are breaking stereotypes in Salt Lake City.

    Noah, a Mormon Missionary based in Salt Lake City, Utah (home base of the LDS church) and working this morning, answering online questions, was asked what the Church’s opinion would be if medical marijuana were legal by a member of the grassroots organization Legalize Utah.

    “If there was an herbal medication that only serves to heal, to help people function”?

    Noah’s response? “I don’t know if the church has come out with an official statements, so this is entirely my opinion, but I think that it would be okay. It seems like it would be a good purpose to for the plant”.

    A little research in the Book of Mormon (from the Doctrine and Covenants “Word of Wisdom” Section 89) shows that in a reported ‘revelation’ given through Joseph Smith, the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio on February 27, 1833:

    “As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently he inquired of the Lord concerning it.

    Use of wine, strong drinks, tobacco, and hot drinks proscribed; Herbs, fruits, flesh, and grain are ordained for the use of man and of animals

    5 That in as much as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

    6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

    7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

    8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

    9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

    10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

    11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

    12 Yea,flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

    It is apparent that the LDS church believes in the use of “wholesome herbs and fruits” in addition to the meat of wild animals and the grains in the fields has been ordained God ordained for the use of man and of beasts and that tobacco and “strong” drinks are “not good for man”.

    If medical marijuana were made legal throughout the state, it appears the Mormons might be supportive of medical marijuana, based on their own doctrine and may very well be a key player when it comes to the legalization of herbal cannabis in Utah.

    Continue reading on Examiner.com: Mormons should be supportive of medical marijuana according to LDS doctrine – Salt Lake City medical marijuana | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/medical-marijuana-in-salt-lake-city/mormons-should-be-supportive-of-medical-marijuana-according-to-lds-doctrine#ixzz1ETEEPBkc

  10. So – does that mean when Knox smokes a joint at a BBQ over the summer – he’s simply being a “Good Mormon”?

    • Knox is not a mormon, and does not smoke a JOINT at his BBQ’s. He has a full humidor (he said 500 or so) of CUBAN CIGARS he smokes tho. Hmmmm….. Also saw that the REPUBS including Mr Cary Smith are having a town hall this Saturday at 10 am. IN A BAR. Such hypocrites! The Red Door. When I called Susan Smith she claims and her husband did not know what the RED DOOR was until I told her.

      • I live in Missoula and even I know what the Red Door is. It has been around forEVER. The location is not the same, but there is little doubt for anyone that it is a bar. That is ridiculous. Wish I could be there!

  11. Very interesting information, it’s good to get this out there. They need to know where their evil funding is coming from. I still don’t understand what this guy has to gain from helping medical marijuana get repealed. Especially when it CONFLICTS with his DOCTRINE.

  12. I am saddened by the political controversy here. I am a proud and faithful mormon, and also a medical cannabis patient and caregiver living in Montana. I have chosen to practice my religion at home because of my fear of persecution from the mormon religion. But as a medical cannabis patient I can’t ignore the therapeutic effects of the drug. I suffer from beyond debilitating nausea and vomiting, and after trying all other avenues of prescription medication I realized medical cannabis was my only access to a nominally joyful existence. Its time the government and the religious faction take a step back and look at the hard and very real facts that cannabis DOES provide evidenced and documented relief from MANY truly debilitating medical conditions.

    • Thank you for your unique perspective, Kimberly. I pray that enough legislators have the compassion to re-write this law rather than repeal it. I truly fear for the well-being of thousands of people without legal access to their medicine.

    • Kimberly, you have nothing to fear! I am a member of the LDS faith and a medical cannabis patient in California. While I use cannabis for a different condition than you do, it is no less debilitating. Like you I was fearful, but I prayed on it and received a revelation on the topic. When I spoke to my bishop about my medical cannabis use, as I was required by revelation to do, I was surprised with what I learned.

      If you have not yet, pray about this issue. When you get a chance, go see your bishop, you will be put at ease, you may have to see the stake president too as your bishop may not have all the information he needs at this point in time. After starting my medical cannabis regimen I was able to finally attend church meetings regularly, qualify for the Melchizedek Priesthood, secure a temple recommend and go to the temple to receive all the ordinances. Later I was even called to teach primary with my wife.

      You can indeed be a faithful member of the LDS church in good standing and a medical cannabis patient. There is no conflict.

  13. steve zabawa is an all around hypocrite when it comes to the Church teachings and what he does in the car business. ripped off my wife on four different occasions for cars, and even though he knew her, he refused to answer any of her letters concerning problems with the cars. he forced his current wife to convert from catholocism to mormanism before he would even marry her. his ex-wife divorced him on grounds that he was so arrogant and a car crook. anything he does in the name of the Church is such a joke and pure bunk….. i wish the folks in the Church would stop supporting this major hypocrite and buy cars in bozeman or butte or anywhere but from Rimrock group…..

  14. I’m LDS, and embarrassed by my brethren and their ridiculous stand against something the “LORD HATH MADE”, definitely makes them HUGE HYPOCRITES!! Can’t wait for Cheerie Brady to get cancer…then we will see how she feels about it then!!!!

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  16. I sincerely hope that if any of these bills, all of which are really designed to overturn voter approved medical marijuana, passes that the provider community bands together and sues the state. These people have invested millions of dollars in legal businesses and if they are shut down and forced to turn over their inventory for destruction, the state should have to reimburse them for ALL their losses, otherwise, who knows what business is next?
    Marijuana is not going away, and it is absolutely foolish for the state to think it can legislate it into oblivion. All it’s going to do is force it back underground, and we’ll keep enriching the Mexican mafia.
    People like Steve Zabawa? God has a special place reserved for like him, not the kind of place most people want to go, and all the Mormon rhetoric in the world won’t save him in the end.

  17. Another church person coming to Montana to tell us what to do. We voted for Medical use and now because you have no soul and like to see people suffer under the disguise of relgion. Go back to Utah and spread your hate for the sick down there and get the hell out of our faces.

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