Marijuana battle heats up in Montana

BILLINGS - The battleground for medical marijuana in Montana is back, with both sides fired up, making their case to voters as signatures for initiatives are due in June.

The SafeMontana campaign promoting Initiative 176 would repeal the use of medical marijuana in the state.

Initiative 176 would make state law the same as federal law with respect to illegal drugs, including marijuana, on Schedule One of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

The petition's ballot language states that I-176  "repeals the Montana Medical Marijuana Act"  and "would eliminate differences between federal and state law with respect to the legal status of the possession and use of marijuana."


20 states report pot legalization measures in 2016 election

Voters in 20 U.S. states could potentially legalize some form of cannabis use in the November 2016 election — part of a historic backlash to the century-old war on marijuana.

According to Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics, activists have submitted ballot measures for public vote in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


SafeMontana wants voters to decide legality of marijuana

Group backing I-176 in Montana (MTN News photo) BILLINGS -

A Billings-based group wants voters to decide on whether or not to make marijuana illegal in Montana and match federal law.

SafeMontana collected signatures at MetraPark this weekend at the Billings Gun Show and the state All-Class Wrestling Tournament.

Initiative 176 would make state law the same as federal law with respect to illegal drugs, including marijuana, on Schedule One of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.


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Mike Lynn is cau­tiously ex­cited. A 49-year-old fam­ily man who lives in the Bay Area, Lynn has been an emer­gency-room doc­tor at High­land Hos­pit­al for most of two dec­ades. His com­pany, Hound Labs Inc., has just de­veloped the tech­no­logy to pro­duce a breath­alyz­er that can de­tect marijuana, but its fu­ture is un­cer­tain.


The country passing Montana by on medical marijuana

Some have characterized the loss of the marijuana legalization initiative in Ohio as an indicator of lack of support for the issue. However, what the defeat of the initiative reveals is the intent of citizens not just to make “pot” legal, but to do it right. In fact, the lack of support for the initiative indicated an unwillingness to carry forward an exploitive model from prohibition into the legal market.

Ten investment groups were behind the Ohio initiative and were its beneficiaries. The title of the initiative called the business model a “monopoly.” We can’t know how a different model might have fared, but it has been widely reported that large numbers of those in Ohio who support legalization couldn’t support the “monopoly” created by this initiative.


Montana Jury Candidates Refuses To Convict Anyone For Marijuana Possession

There is a weapon against marijuana prohibition that many American citizens don’t know that they have at their disposal. It can be used in states that have not reformed their marijuana laws, and don’t have medical or recreational marijuana legalization on the books. It’s like kryptonite. That weapon is jury nullification.


Court Case Thrown Out After Potential Jurors Refused To Convict Anyone For Weed

In Montana, a man was arrested for possessing about as much marijuana as it would take to roll a joint. Montana is a fairly conservative state, so it's not a surprise. But what was surprising is when it came time to fill the jury slots, the judge could not find one single person willing to convict a man over a small amount of marijuana. And it continues to show the ridiculousness of marijuana laws throughout the U.S.:


Elections 2016: Montana ballot measures proposed on marijuana, guns, criminal justice

In next year’s election, Montana voters could be deciding whether to legalize marijuana, ban marijuana completely or allow concealed handguns at schools.

Those are just a few of the many proposals for voter initiatives that are in the works for the 2016 election.

County election officials began accepting signed petitions for constitutional and statutory ballot measures Oct. 19. Signatures can be submitted until June 17 to make the ballot.

Measures that qualify will receive appointed committees in July to draft pro and con statements. The arguments, and the rebuttals, will be published in the official voter information pamphlet in October.

Legalize recreational marijuana


Many States Still Grapple With Regulating Medical Marijuana

Unless state lawmakers get ahead of their constituents on legalization, they face a potential regulatory nightmare.

KALISPELL, Montana — In a retrofitted garage in his suburban backyard, Mike Eacker tends to his marijuana plants while he waits to see whether his crop will continue to turn a profit.

For Eacker and other growers here in Montana, there is uncertainty as they anticipate the outcome of a state Supreme Court case that could effectively end commercial sales of medical marijuana and render their businesses unprofitable.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


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