Montana: Medical marijuana safer than prescription painkillers

Each year some 300 people in Montana die from prescription drug overdose. Hundreds more become addicted to the strongest opiates developed to date.

To their credit, Attorney General Tim Fox and many health officials are spearheading a drive to reduce those numbers. They have developed a program costing $1.5 million to that end. We do, in fact, have an epidemic on our hands.

However, at the same time, Fox is spending taxpayer dollars to fight to abolish a program that could help stem the tide of prescription painkiller deaths. Namely our once functioning medical marijuana program approved by voter initiative by a margin of 60 percent in 2004.


Eleven years after being approved, Montana's medical marijuana industry faces an existential threat

BILLINGS, Mont. – Gone are the flashing green neon lights on street corners advertising $200 ounces of marijuana in Billings and Butte and beyond. Gone are the traveling cannabis caravans of doctors infamous for signing up hundreds of medical marijuana hopefuls in a single day.

The vast majority of the nearly 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers that once flooded this state of just more than 1 million people have been driven out of Montana’s medical marijuana program, which was first legalized in 2004.


DigiPath (DIGP) Well Positioned to Take Advantage of $850M Cannabis Testing Market

WHITEFISH, MT / ACCESSWIRE / July 16, 2015 / There are many different ways to profit from the burgeoning cannabis industry, ranging from GrowBLOX Sciences Inc.'s (OTCQB: GBLX) growing solutions to Medbox Inc.'s (OTCQB: MDBX) dispensing technologies to Cannabis Science Inc.'s (OTCQB: CBIS) focus on the medicinal properties of the plant, but cannabis testing could be the most compelling.

Cannabis testing is expected to generate close to a billion dollars in revenue by 2020, according to a new report by GreenWave Advisors, a comprehensive independent research firm focused on the emerging legal cannabis industry.


Montana ballot proposal would legalize recreational marijuana

HELENA (AP) — A Glendive man is proposing a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21.

Anthony Varriano submitted proposed language this week that would amend the state constitution to regulate pot and tax it as an industry as well as allow the purchase and possession of limited amounts. It would also require that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by taxes go toward public schools.

He says the measure is based on Colorado's recreational marijuana law passed by voters in 2012.


Cops Raid Medical Marijuana Patient, Take Her Vibrator in Asset Forfeiture

When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, last July, “they took everything,” she told state legislators on Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, “even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws,” which means “I am allowed to possess and deliver.” Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.


Medical marijuana for PTSD: a solution or problem?


Medical marijuana has been proven to help treat chronic illnesses.

Just this week, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed an appeal to reverse certain provisions in Montana's marijuana laws.

Reporter Keele Smith went On Special Assignment and talked with one veteran who uses it for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and why he wants others to be able to do the same.

"I saw two people shot to death right in front of me, in front of a store full of people," Marine Corps Veteran and cannabis activist Tayln Lang said.

Lang has a medical marijuana card for another condition but finds that using cannabis also relieves his symptoms of PTSD.


Montana attorney general wants medical marijuana injunctions overturned

HELENA – In a brief filed with the Montana Supreme Court this week, Attorney General Tim Fox argued that a Helena district judge erroneously blocked three provisions of the state’s strict 2011 medical marijuana law.

Fox and Assistant Attorneys General Stuart Segrest and Matthew Cochenour filed the brief Wednesday in support of their appeal asking the Supreme Court to overturn Helena District Judge James Reynolds’ January decision and reverse his injunctions.


Montana Attorney General appeals medical marijuana payment, advertising


The Montana Attorney General filed an appeal Wednesday to remove certain provisions made in the state's medical marijuana law.

If the appeal is successful, it would be a major loss for marijuana advocates.

In 2011, Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds made several temporary provisions to the state's medical marijuana law that made it more accessible and profitable.

Reynolds ruled that providers, or growers, of medical marijuana could advertise, providers could receive payment, and a doctor could prescribe to more than 25 patients.


To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.


‘Smoke Weed Everyday,’ taunts hacked digital traffic sign at Montana college

As far as college-rooted practical jokes go, the on-campus digital traffic sign reading "SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY" at the University of Montana is right up there with the time a Los Angeles art student made the Hollywood sign read "Hollyweed." If you drove by the corner of Sixth and Arthur streets in Missoula on Monday morning you might have seen the prankster's handiwork, undoubtedly a shout-out to one of Dr. Dre's most memorable kiss-offs.


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