Montana House Candidates

Candidates who are supportive of Montanans’ rights to use cannabis medically are listed in green text.  Candidates who don’t support Montanans’ rights to use marijuana medically are listed in red text.  

*denotes incumbent

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*Gerald (Jerry) Bennett R Favored repeal.  Believed “intent has been lost”.  
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*Mike Cuffe R  Favors very strict controls
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  Shawn Guymon L
*Jerry O’Neill R  One of only five House Republicans to vote against repeal. But… favors some odd restrictions.
  Zac Perry D  Supportive but favors stricter regulation.
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Tim Baldwin R Very supportive.  Libertarian leaning Republican.
  Ed Lieser D
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James Mahnke D
*Keith Regier R  Favored repeal.
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Carl Glimm R  Thinks medical marijuana should only be available at pharmacies and for serious illnesses. 
Brenda Talbert D  
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*Randy Brodehl R  Unsupportive.  Favored repeal.
  Diane Frances Taylor D  
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  *Steve Lavin R  Works in law enforcement.  Favors immediate repeal and blames marijuana for crime increases.
  Brittany MacLean D  
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  Rodrik Brosten D  
  *Scott M. Reichner R  “I think it is bad for society.”
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  *Mark Blasdel R  Believes I-148 was abused by greed and mismanaged.  Favored repeal
  Alexander William Schaeffer D  
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  Greg Hertz R  
  Bud Koppy D  
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  *Daniel R Salomon R  Believes there should only be several hundred patients.  Favored repeal and sanctioning Drs.  
  Luke Walawander D  
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  Debra J. Achatz D  
  *Pat Ingraham R  Favored repeal.  Wants marijuana in pharmacies only.
HD14      
  Christine Johnson D  
  Jessie Nichols I  
  Nicholas Schwaderer R  
HD15      
  Forrestine “Frosty” Calf Boss Ribs D  
  *Joe Read R  
HD16      
  *Lila. J. Evans  R  
  Lea Whitford D  
HD17      
  *Christy Clark R  Believed the legislature had a responsibility to make the marijuana program work, yet she voted to repeal it.  
  Mike Henning D  
HD18      
  Colter McCarty D  
  *Jesse O’Hara R  Voted for repeal.
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  Roger A. Hagan R  
  Richard D. Liebert D  
HD20      
  *Steve Fitzpatrick R  Voted for repeal. 
  Lindsay Love D  
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  *Jean Price D  Supportive.  Voted against repeal.  
  Steven R. Sem R  
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  George Paul R  
  Casey Schreiner D  
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  *Carlie Boland D  Although she didn’t vote for repeal, Carlie Boland was in general opposed to thoughtful reform in the last legislative session.  
  Patrick Flaherty R  
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  Tom Glover D  
  *Brian Hoven R  Favors full repeal.  Is clueless about science behind its use.
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  Tom Jacobsen D  
  *Cleve Loney R Supported regulation yet voted for full repeal.  
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  Tim Martin L  Vote for me and I will fight to protect, maintain and improve the Medical Marijuana program.
  *Robert “Bob” Mehlhoff D  
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  *Rob Cook R  Favored regulation yet voted for full repeal.
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  *Roy Hollandsworth R  
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  *Ryan Osmundson R  
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  *Bill Harris R  
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  Bridget Smith D  
  Walter White Tail Feather D  
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  Clarena M Brockie D  
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  *Kris Hansen R  Claimed to favor regulation yet voted for repeal.
  Brenda Skornagaski D  
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  Karen S Sloan D  
  *Wendy Warburton R  
HD35      
  Floyd R. Hopstad D  
  Mike L Lang R  
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  *Austin Knudsen R One of only 5 Republicans in the house to vote against repeal
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  David Halvorson R  
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  Alan Doane R  
  Jim Hicks D  
HD39      
  *Lee Randall R  
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  *Bill McChesney D  
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  Patricia Rae Peppers D  
  *Sterling Small R One of only 5 Republicans in house to vote against repeal.
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  *Carolyn Pease-Lopez D  
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*Duane Ankney R
  Gary Perkins D  
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*Johnathan McNiven R
Wallace Yovetich D
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*Tom Berry R  Opposes taxation and regulation of marijuana and believes it is totally out of control.  Voted for repeal.
Carolee Hagstrom D  
HD46      
  Clayton Fiscus R  Disabled veteran.  Seems open-minded and desired more information.
HD47      
  Dale E Rumph D
Daniel Zolnikov R Attended an MTCIA meeting.  Supportive. 
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*Douglas (Doug) Kary R  Told a constituent in 2010 that the law was a travesty.  Voted for repeal.  
Rita Wells D
HD49
*Mary McNally D
Tim Stark R
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Dennis Lenz R  Very opposed.
Deborah Willis D  
HD51  
Kelly McCarthy D Runs Politics in the Pub.  Smart and reasonable guy. Supportive and accessible.  Would consider sponsoring bill in support of medical marijuana rights.  *Note from Nic:  I personally endorse this candidate.  
Taj Mukadam R
HD52      
  *Virginia Court D  
  Kassidy Olson R  
HD53      
  Dave Hagstrom R  
  Joseph Sands D
HD54
David Lewis R  EXTREMELY OPPOSED.  Treasurer of Safe Communities, Safe Kids.
*Margie MacDonald D  Favored reforms, not repeal. 
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*Cary Smith R Cary is the LDS hubby of Susan Smith, of Safe Community Safe Kids infamy.  Because he holds this office, Susan is given insane access to our legislative process and tries to influence at every opportunity.  
Bob Winger D  Highly opposed to Montanans’ rights to use medical marijuana.  When approached from the angle of state sovereignty, he was even less supportive.  Implied providers were drug dealers. 
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Don Jones R  Didn’t express any opposition.  Seemed open-minded and interested in more information.  Attending MTCIA meeting on May 17.
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Sarah Laszloffy R She is the daughter of lunatic homophobic leader of the Montana Family Foundation, Jeff Laszloffy.  He is a bigoted religious zealot.  Check out this link.
Sean Whiting D  
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*Krayton Kerns R Krayton likes to pretend he views life through a prism of liberty but in reality, he is somewhat of a statist, especially when it comes to his own brand of morality he wishes to impose on society. 
Cole Olson D  
HD59      
  Paul Beck D
*Joanne Blyton R Actions inconsistent with words. Voted to repeal. 
HD60      
  Jim Dickey D
*David Howard R “Marijuana is like taking arsenic with valium.  You feel alright until you die”- Dave Howard. Refers to us as a “scourge”. 
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  Alan Redfield R  
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  Reilly Neill D
*Dan Skattum R  Supported regulation yet voted for full repeal.
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*Tom Burnett R  Campaign literature says it all.  Voted for repeal.
Franke Wilmer D  Very supportive.  
HD64      
  Clint Field R  
  Tom Woods D  
HD65      
  Nick Mahan R
*Kathleen Williams D
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JP Pomnichowski D  Supportive.  Tom Burnett’s campaign literature says it all.  
Dave Ponte R
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*Gordy Vance R  
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*Kelly Flynn R  Although he stated in 2010 that he believed it helped some patients, he voted for a full repeal.  
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*Ted WashburnJim Gingery     RWrite-in Very supportive.  Executive Director of MMGA. http://www.gingeryformontana.com
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April Buonamici D  Supportive.  Told Montana NORML that she would sponsor a bill to help regulate the industry and doesn’t believe medications should be taxed.
  Christopher Burke I  
  Kerry E. White R  
HD71      
  Kim Miller I  
  Ray L Shaw R
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Norma Duffy D
*Jeffrey Wellborn R
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*Pat Noonan D
Gary Wold R  
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Ryan Lynch D  Constituent reported that Lynch is supportive.  
Max Yates R  Claimed he didn’t want to deprive anyone of necessary medication yet voted to repeal medical marijuana entirely. 
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*Edith McClafferty D
Greg Miller R
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  Amanda Curtis D  
HD77      
  Adam Lythgoe D
Kirk Wagonner R  Stated in 2010 that marijuana should be picked up in a pharmacy to control abuse.
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Joe Cohenour D  HP officer. Supports strict regulation, doesn’t believe ANYONE using marijuana can operate a vehicle. But, supports use for legitimate patients because prescription drugs are expensive.  But, notes there are no studies confirming medical benefit.  
*Steve Gibson R  One of only five house Republicans to vote against repeal.  Favored stricter control of the industry, knows personally an ill person who has benefited.  Supports regulating like alcohol.
HD79      
  Mark Diaz R
*Chuck Hunter D
HD80
*Liz Bangerter R LDS moralist who voted for repeal and is not supportive in any way.  In 2010, prior to her election, she stated that the 2004 initiative should be respected but that loopholes should be closed.  Actions inconsistent with campaign positions. 
Kelsen Young D  Smart, unafraid of speaking the truth.  Personally known to key activists who state that she is “perfect on the issue”
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*Galen Hollenbaugh D
Ronald Lassle R
HD82      
  Jenny Eck D  
  Samuel J Hunthausen R  
HD83      
  Marla Clark D  
  Wylie Galt R  
HD84
*Mike Miller R One of only five Republicans to vote against repeal.  *Note from Nic: I personally endorse Mike Miller.  He is a reasonable and libertarian-leaning Republican. 
 Everett G. Sheets D
Scott Vandevender L
HD85
John “Scott” Perkins R  
  Gordon Pierson Jr D  
HD86      
  Elena Gagliano R Very supportive, libertarian-leaning Republican.  
*Kathy Swanson D  
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*Pat Connell R  Voted for repeal, wants marijuana in pharmacies if at all.
Karen Fisher L  Gathered signatures for IR-124 as well as CI-110. Attends MTCIA meetings and fundraisers.  Very supportive.
Jan Wisniewski D  
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*Ron Ehli R  Campaign statements supported regulation but actions (voting) supported repeal.  
Pam Erickson D  
  Stephen Rodriguez L  
HD89      
  Nancy Ballance R  
  Andy Elwell L  
  Peggy Steffes D  
HD90
*Edward Greef R  Campaign statements favored STRICT regulation but Greef voted for full repeal. 
Toby Martin L  
HD91      
  Chuck Erickson D
David “Doc” Moore R  Although he lost his wife to cancer, he believes our medical marijuana program made scores of recreational users legal. Favors massive doctor restrictions.
HD92
*Bryce Bennett D Supportive of initiative but saw need for important revisions to improve and strengthen the law. 
Paul Varikuza R  
HD93      
  Douglas Coffin D  
  Brandon Simpson R  
HD94      
  Lyn Hellegaard R
*Ellie Hill D Had some of the best marijuana commentary of the legislature. *Note from Nic:  Although I am a Republican, I personally endorse Ellie Hill for HD 94.
HD95      
  Karey Meyer R  
  Tom Steenberg D  
HD96      
  Jon Baker R
*Carolyn Squires D  Opposed repeal.  Favored stronger regulation.
HD97
Gary E (Tink) Sanders R  Gary (Tink) Sanders has Nic’s personal endorsement.  He is pro-cannabis and has not only expressed interest in introducing workable legislation to repair Montana’s ailing medical marijuana program, he has spent countless hours developing a responsible program model.  Tink is definitely our friend.  
Nancy Wilson D
HD98
Jenifer Gursky D  
  Larry Jones R  
HD99      
  Kimberly Dudik D
Gary Marbut R +MTCIA endorsed. Very libertarian-leaning Republican.  Highly supportive of our rights.  
HD100
Dave Andrews D
*Champ Edmunds R Voting record suggests he is highly opposed. 
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