Missoula Council votes to oppose legislation overturning medical marijuana laws

As Missoula’s chief of police was testifying at the Montana Legislature in favor of overturning the state’s medical marijuana laws, the city council was approving a resolution opposing the Legislature’s move to flush medical pot.

From The Missoulian:

(T)he Missoula City Council voted 9-3 to approve a resolution opposing House Bill 161. The bill in Helena would repeal the Medical Marijuana Act, backed 3-to-1 in the city of Missoula in 2004 election.

Montana lately has been at the epicenter of the nation’s medical marijuana debate. First, the Montana House voted to overturn the state’s medical marijuana laws, then the Senate voted not to. Then the feds orchestrated a massive raid on the state’s dispensaries. Now the Legislature is again looking at repeal or massive tightening of the laws.

One of the leaders of the repeal movement in the Legislature was recently heard to say he wanted to cut the number of medical marijuana patients in the state to less than 2000.

“This from a man with no medical background, no expertise whatsoever,” said Jim Gingery, director of the Montana Medical Growers Association. “”It’s a completely arbitrary number.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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