Pubdate: Wed, 16 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: Mark Padwick HOUSE BILL 161 OVERTURNS THE WILL OF THE VOTERS This week there is a Senate hearing on House Bill 161, the repeal of the Medical Marijuana Bill, though the people of Montana voted in favor of medical marijuana back in 2004 with 62 percent of the voters approving. As this was put into effect we found there was a problem in the law and are now faced with repealing the law. Is this the direction we want to go, overturning the will of the voters? One of things that I liked about the great state of Montana when I moved here was that Montana was not driven by "big brother." Montana is not a state to fall in line and follow the lead of other states. Montana is a place that is different and self-driven. When there is a problem and something is not working, we don't throw it out and say this was a mistake. We look at the challenge and say, how can we fix this? Never before has Montana overturned what the voters have approved. Now is not the time for Montana legislators to go against their constituents while the rest of the nation is watching. Now is the time to stand up and show the nation that we know we made a mistake, and now is time to fix it. Mark Padwick Bozeman - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.