Pubdate: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Brad Comer OUR OFFICIALS REPRESENT US, BUT THEY DON'T OWN US It simply amazes me that the folks we elect to represent us feel as though they in fact own us. As I understand it, the Montana Medical Marijuana Act is under threat of repeal. It is well known that the act came about by way of the voters, not submitted by an individual or group of legislators, but by petition and thereby public demand. In our democratic society, a law created by the people should be seen to our representatives as the word of God, not something they can repeal or modify without putting their proposed changes back onto the ballot. In 2004, Montanans voted for a very simple law, one that allowed for folks with debilitating conditions to be able to use cannabis medicinally without fear of prosecution. In order to ensure that these legitimate users were not prosecuted, the creation of a registry was included in the original initiative. This is all that we voted for, a simple, effective law that protects the ones it was intended to protect, the patients. Please leave our laws alone or send it back to us to let us reiterate to you that we want medicinal cannabis. Brad Comer Ennis - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.