UPDATE: May 29, 2011: Fundraiser to STOP Senate Bill 423, Repeal in disguise, for becoming Law!! Wanzenried to show support at the June 18th, 2011 2-3PM Fundraiser, Silver Bow Cannabis Coalition.
UPDATE: MAY 28, 2011: STOP SB 423 Petition Drive, Signature Collection UPDATE: https://montanabiotech.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/update-stop-sb423-repeal-in-disguise-petition-voter-referendum-signature-collection-drive-may-28-2011-update/
By Rowena Li
Story Published: May 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM MDT
Story Updated: May 23, 2011 at 7:03 AM MDT
BILLINGS – Medical marijuana advocates held a town hall style meeting Saturday evening to exchange ideas and raise money for their upcoming legal battle.
The Montana Cannabis Industry Association organized the event, which was held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
A group spokesman said they want Senate Bill 423 throw out. The legislation would reduce the number of medical marijuana patients in the state and ban commercial caregivers.
“You see people from all over the spectrum now are getting involved because its more than just about pot anymore. It’s our voters’ rights. There are a lot of things going on in this state that are basically a travesty, and we’re trying to do something about that,” said event organizer Ed Doctor.
Representatives said the group has raised more than $70,000 already and hope to reach $1 million.
UPDATE: A welcome addition had been added to the schedule for this Saturday’s fundraiser and mixer. address the group at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss it. Show your support for those legislators who support you.
Another brief update:
The MTCIA is holding another valuable event, this time in Billings on Saturday:
If you’re in that neck of the woods, I hope you can attend.
(We’re told Bozeman and Helena may be next. Let me know if you have ideas or want to help.)
As I mentioned last week, our temporary restraining order halted the ban on cannabis advertising — temporarily. We’ll know in a few weeks whether the courts agree.
Meanwhile, the MTCIA’s lawsuit to block the entirety of the horrible SB 423 has been filed and awaits judicial review. More news on that soon
In other news, DPHHS has updated their website with details about the new law, should it take effect. Patients, caregivers, and doctors should read the FAQ carefully: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/medicalmarijuana/
I’m on the board of the new MTCIA (http://mtcia.org), and the organization clearly has the momentum, expertise, network, and motivation required to give the cannabis industry in Montana a fighting chance. Funds and volunteers are needed. Help if you can.
I’ll have news about the referendum petition later this week. Stay tuned.
If you make it to the Billings event on Saturday, please introduce yourself. The more the cannabis community becomes a community, the better chance we have to repel the anachronistic, intolerant attacks of the prohibitionists.
Montana NORML – Working to reform marijuana laws in Montana.
Come get informed about the current efforts to preserve access to medical cannabis in Montana. Three MTCIA board members – John Masterson, Ed Docter, and Kate Cholewa – will be there on Saturday, May 21 in Billings to fundraise, network, and exchange information with the local community regarding the lawsuit, referendum, injunction, and other pressing matters.
What: MTCIA Mixer and Fundraiser
When: Saturday, May 21st, 2011 from 5-9pm
Where: F.O.E., 526 Laurie Lane, Billings, MT 59105
- 5-7pm networking
- 7-8pm informational speakers
- 8-9pm mixer and fundraiser
See it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217090494986717
Vendors: For booth information, contact James Haney at 670-0143.
SB 423 will destroy access to medical cannabis in Montana. We need to stop SB 423. We need thoughtful regulations for the good and safety of patients, to protect businesses, and for the sake of guidance for law enforcement, and SB 423 doesn’t do it.
Donate today to protect medical marijuana in Montana!
Join us Saturday night in Billings to raise needed funds, get informed, have fun, and get to know each other.
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