Pubdate: Sun, 29 May 2011
Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)
Copyright: 2011 The Billings Gazette
Author: Elizabeth Pincolini


I-148 has been under attack, and our legislators are helping to lead
the charge.

While our governor vetoed an outright repeal bill, we were left with a
law that would essentially leave legitimate patients without safe
access to their medicine or even to a doctor's recommendation. A bill
that made providers provide medical cannabis for free, for no more
than three people, after they are made to identify themselves to the
federal government as a provider, via fingerprint and a background
check submitted to the FBI.

To help fight this blatant attack on Montana's democratic process, the
Montana Cannabis Industry Association emerged. This is a grass-roots
organization fighting for the rights of patients, providers and voters
across the state. The battle will now be waged in the courts and
through a voter referendum. This is once again the will of the people
at work, trying valiantly to preserve "by the people, for the people."

This is not just about medical cannabis and a patient's right to
choose what they put into their own bodies. It is about democracy. It
is about the will of the people to make their own laws. It is about
stopping those in legislative power from changing the will and intent
of the people in favor of their own personal beliefs or those of
special interest groups. It is about taking back our rights as
individuals and as Americans.

Please consider going to and donating. Help take a stand
for democracy, personal freedom and personal choice.

Elizabeth Pincolini

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