During Montana’s 2011 legislative session, 113 of our elected representatives, in direct contradiction of the expressed will of the people, imposed their self-righteous puritanical views on the rest of us by approving SB 423. The lawmakers, after refusing to draft thoughtful legislation,approved Sen Jeff Essmann’s 33 page medical marijuana repeal bill and proudly announced to the 276,042 Montana voters who approved the state’s original law (I-148) that they were fulfilling voter intent. Voters, patients and growers, however; were not convinced and have launched an initiative referendum campaign to refer SB 423 to Montana voters for rejection or approval. IR-124, depending on the number of signatures obtained; has the potential to suspend SB 423 until November of 2012.
GET INVOLVED! This is an opportunity to assert your rights as a Montana citizen. Legislators need to be reminded that they work for us and that we the people decide their political futures. Repealing a citizens initiative sets a dangerous precedent and regardless of how Montanans actually feel about medical marijuana, it is difficult to understand how ANY could argue against empowering voters by allowing them to choose. If we had trusted the legislature to act on our wishes, we would have never had a medical marijuana program in Montana yet a resounding 62% voted to approve it. Time will tell whether this was or wasn’t what Montanans voted for.
If you are interested in helping with the effort to place IR-124 on the ballot, we’d love to hear from you. Visit our website, Patients for Reform, Not Repeal. Training is required prior to gathering signatures so contact a zone coordinator or trainer and we will reserve a spot for you in one of our training sessions.
CONTACT INFO FOR PETITION TRAINERS:
SW Zone, Missoula/BRoot: Gabe McMurray at Sweetwater Caregivers at firstname.lastname@example.org , phone number: 541-0420, Sweetwater also on Facebook
NW Zone, Flathead area: James Blair, at email@example.com , also on Facebook as Jimmy NC Zone, Great Falls area: Jessica Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org , 564-2667, and Grant Grenfell, email@example.com
SCentral, Livingston, Big Sky, or Bozeman: Monica Blanchard in Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org, 333-2622, or Charles Gaillard in Big Sky email@example.com, 386-931-9334 ,and Dante Bonanin in Bozeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider making a financial contribution or give us a few hours of your time….the September 30 deadline for obtaining the necessary signatures is looming.