Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 Source: Montana Standard (Butte, MT) Copyright: 2011 Montana Standard Contact: http://www.mtstandard.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/609 Author: Alan Gelman MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW HELPS "BIG PHARMACEUTICALS" Representative (Jeff) Essman (R-Billings) is indeed in the hands of big "pharma." How noteworthy that he has no problem if the active ingredient is supplied by them does he. Is he going to to see to it that they supply the pill at no profit as well? Of course not. Just one more member of the finest legislation money can buy. We don't need his moral directives. Is he worried about the economy? Well, judging by all the vacant real estate once occupied by registered caregivers? I guess not. Or by the business that supplied all things related to growing, and there's a lot. Or the lost advertising revenue by the no-longer-existing providers. The trickle down effect in every area of the business community is staggering. As for growing it oneself, ask those who can't walk, or bend over, or lift how that's gonna go. As for non profit, why "ain't that socialism?". Who works for nothing in this country? Certainly not Rep. Essman. When I'm not working to repeal a law passed by an overwhelming majority of voters in Montana, I'll be working to see that a self-righteous, religiously-motivated, demagogue like Essman loses his sweet deal in politics and like the rest of us has to work for a living. Then see if he agrees to do it for free. Alan Gelman Florence - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.