Archive for March, 2011


Stunned.

Simply stunned.

Y’know….after growing up in Montana for 34 years, I’da thunk I’d seen about everything. We had the Freemen…..We had cyanide heap leach mining…..We had game farms. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy…..yup – we had that too.

Of course – being from Lincoln how could I POSSIBLY not mention good ol Ted. Yup – Ted Kaczynski – The Unabomber. I moved to Lincoln in February of 1996 – they hauled ol Ted off on 4/2/96. I really thought it was April Fools a day late……

Fast forward almost exactly 15 years…..

Whee-DOGGIE! Welcome to Montana’s 62nd Legislative Session.

I’m in Bozeman today. Had to WORK sometime – we’re not all as rich as the general population thinks!

So….I caught the ass end of the 2nd reading on HB161.

WOW! I mean….can you say WOW?!?!?!

Lemme tell you…..there were some Democratic Senators out there today who showed some BALLS! I SO appreciate their efforts!

Senator Keane – you get my first “hats off” for where I walked in – as it was just before he took the mike. THANK YOU Senator Keane!

Senator Wanzenried. THAT man is my FREAKIN HERO! Not often does a man stand on the floor of the Senate and wear their BALLS PROUDLY and wield them ever so appropriately.  I was ever so pleased to hear him state publicly that he had knowledge that folks on the floor of the Senate knew about the DEA Raids before they happened.

Senators had made comments about the few attendees.

Well – Senator Wanzenried summed it up rather effectively. I will take it further.

They are SCARED! So nice to take honest Montanans and frighten the HELL out of them right in the middle of session! GREAT way to eliminate folks from testifying!

Nice strategy folks……great way to push a repeal through. So glad you can play political poker with folks lives.

I don’t know how you sleep at night.

Senator Gillian – THANK YOU for standing up and talking about all the anti-drug propaganda folks they brought in with big money behind them. I have been privy to a couple e-mails…..it has been rather disgusting.

SO….lessee…….brief re-cap…..

Start out with a big fight at the microphone in the beginning…..

“OH SHIT” say the opposition “there ARE a LOT of them. My my….we had better DO something about that!”

March 14, 2011 – there’s the SOMETHING. Just so happened to be Federal DEA Raids (Wait – call it what it is – ROBBERY. No freakin arrests – no charges…..)

Results? JUST what they wanted…..Patients RUN for the hills – scared for their lives.

Caregivers – well – there are still quite a few brave souls standing. A few BRAVE MONTANA SOULS who will stand up for what is right.

In the meantime – then the opposition brings in the big money anti-drug propaganda guys to fill the freaked out legislatures minds with lies and corruption…….

PERFECT brew to set up for repeal.

I call in on the phone lines. What’s crazy is this – when I ASK THEM – the operators – what kind of responses they are getting on the same bills I am calling on (today SB423 and HB161) – they told me probably 90% (a HUGE majority one gal said) were all calling in and saying NO.

Then…..votes like this pass – and they don’t read e-mails. Don’t read e-mails – or phone messages I guess.

Is this April Fools Day? Early?

I sure hope so……

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Or an alternate title could be “I want to sweep chronic pain under the rug…….I can’t see it – therefore it couldn’t possibly exist!”

MT 62nd Legislature forgot?

Meet Senate Joint Resolution No. 28 from our 2005 Legislature.

Signatures of currently seated elected officials who voted FOR this resolution are listed in the image above. There are 28 total.

Since this legislation – the Montana Pain Initiative went to work with the American Cancer Society. They did their job. The study was conducted.

It is here:

28 of the same elected officials from the SAME 2005 session retain seats this session. The same folks identified voted YES for this resolution. They realized there was a severe problem with CHRONIC PAIN in Montana 6 years ago.

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Let’s take a look at what they agreed to – my commentary relevant to medical cannabis in color.

WHEREAS, inadequate pain relief is a serious public health problem in the United States, inasmuch as the American Pain Foundation has estimated that 50 million people suffer from persistent pain; and

50 million eh? That was back in 2005. What are those numbers today?

WHEREAS, pain is associated with lost wages and loss of productivity by American workers; and

REALLY? American workers = Montanans too right?

WHEREAS, many factors contribute to uncured or inadequately managed pain; and

Medical Cannabis is documented to assist with pain and be non-habit forming, non-addictive, and non-toxic. How about we ASK the participants of the program? Opioid patients got surveyed.

WHEREAS, all individuals with pain would benefit from having their pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated; and

ALL – it said ALL right?

WHEREAS, pain is often accompanied by other symptoms that need to be managed along with the pain, including other symptoms arising in cancer patients; and

Multiple symptoms? PAIN is associated with MULTIPLE SYMPTOMS? They READ this before they legislated it – correct? They UNDERSTOOD what they were doing?

WHEREAS, appropriate application of excellent pain and symptom management practices, including the use of different treatment modalities, improves the quality of life for those who suffer from pain while reducing the morbidity and cost associated with untreated or inappropriately treated pain; and

appropriate application of excellent pain and symptom management practices, including the use of different treatment modalities

I read that right – didn’t I? That WOULD include the newly voted in INITIATIVE 148 correct?

reducing the morbidity and cost associated with untreated or inappropriately treated pain

Am I seeing things? I DID read that – correct? As Cannabis has NEVER killed ANYBODY I would contend it would REDUCE morbidity.

WHEREAS, no Montana state agency has been given the mandate to address untreated pain and lack of symptom management as a public health problem; and

Nope – None – Nada. They even had all this work done for FREE by the American Cancer Society.

WHEREAS, there has been no comprehensive study in Montana of the prevalence of intractable pain in Montanans, nor has there been an assessment of the pain and symptom management practices of Montana health care professionals; and

Now that there HAS been – does it still apply?

WHEREAS, private funding may be available from the American Cancer Society and other interested groups to support participation in, staffing, management, and coordination of a statewide pain and symptom management study; and

FREE!!! Yippee!!!

WHEREAS, the study would be conducted by an advisory task force made up of over 20 members from public agencies and private organizations and individuals with experience in or a demonstrated interest in pain and symptom management issues, including representatives of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, charitable societies, physicians, other health care providers, legislators, public assistance providers, advocates for voluntary health organizations, and individuals suffering from acute or chronic pain; and

The Montana Pain and Symptom Management Task Force (MPSMTF) was founded as a result of Senate Joint Resolution 28 passed by Montana Legislature in 2005. This resolution recognized the formation of a task force that would be given the task of assessing pain management practices and policies in Montana and making recommendations aimed at improving pain management throughout the state.

This white paper, Recommendations for Improving Pain and Symptom Management in Montana,is the MPSMTF’s report of its findings and resulting recommendations.

The resolution founding the task force states in part: Be it further resolved, that the American Cancer Society and the leadership of the task force are encouraged to give the task force’s report and recommendations the widest circulation practicable so that implementation of the recommendations made by the task force become a collaborative effort between public and private bodies and organizations with the most influence on privately furnished health care and on public policy.1

In keeping with this resolution, the MPSMTF submits this report and the following recommendations to the Montana Legislature, the Governor, and the Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services and to all those who are interested in improving pain management in Montana.

Report submitted – to influence public policy – amongst other items listed. In other words – THEY GOT IT. Whether they read it or not is an entirely different issue. After this session so far – I am guessing they never got past the cover.

WHEREAS, those public agencies, private organizations, and individuals have agreed to serve on the task force without cost to the state, which is of significance because many of the benefits resulting from the task force will be benefits to public policymakers and state agencies; and

Carolyn Squires was part of this task force. LONG time Legislator – and none of this information brought forward.

WHEREAS, it is the intention of those who will participate on the task force to hold public hearings to gather information from the public on issues pertaining to pain and symptom management and to then provide advice and recommendations to appropriate public and private entities on pain and symptom management, including advice and recommendations concerning acute and chronic pain and symptom management treatment practices, state statutes and rules regarding pain and symptom management, and use of alternative therapies for pain and symptom management; and

use of alternative therapies for pain and symptom management

That WOULD include I-148 now wouldn’t it? I mean – original legislation had CHRONIC PAIN listed for not one – not 2 – but THREE separate qualifying condition categories! 2004 was when it was voted in!

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to provide advice and recommendations to appropriate public and private entities on acute and chronic pain and symptom management education provided by professional boards or others in the state, acute and chronic pain and symptom management needs of adults, children, and racial and ethnic minority and medically underserved populations, development of a drug repository for unused drugs used for pain and symptom management, and treatment of pain at the end of life; and

Wouldn’t this like SLAM Squires onto ANYTHING with chronic pain in a title??? Has ANYONE heard a PEEP from her on this?!?!?!

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to study and develop recommendations to state licensing boards on integrating pain and symptom management into the customary practice of health care professionals and identifying the roles and responsibilities of the various health care professionals in pain and symptom management and on the duration and content of continuing education requirements for pain and symptom management, on improving access to pain and symptom management in racial and ethnic minority and medically underserved populations, including the elderly population, and on improving access to pain and symptom management for children and adolescents; and

EPIC FAILURE!!!!! There are Continuing education credits for BOTH Physicians and Nurses sanctioned and approved by BOTH the AMA and ANA in Medical Cannabis.

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to report on the activities of the task force and make recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services; and

Has anybody heard ONE STINKIN RECOMMENDATION?!?!?! ONE?

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those entities who will serve on the task force, in making the task force’s reports and recommendations, to consult with additional entities, including academic institutions, voluntary health organizations not represented on the task force, advocates, consumers, relevant professional organizations, and other appropriate entities.

Anybody from Medical Cannabis been consulted? I mean – I only had the FEDERAL PATIENT in state THREE TIMES in 6 months. It’s not like they had access or anything (NOTE* DRIPPING sarcasm)

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

That the American Cancer Society be thanked and congratulated for its support of such a large undertaking as the planned task force on pain and symptom management.

DONE! Page 5!

A special thank you goes to the American Cancer Society for its financial and staff support of the Montana Pain and Symptom Management Task Force (MPSMTF) and for the printing and distribution of this paper. The MPSMTF would also like to thank the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, American Cancer Society National Government Relations Department and the Pain and Policy Studies Group for their resources and technical support.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature encourages all of those public and private organizations and private individuals who have agreed to send members to or serve on the task force to participate to the fullest extent possible.

Have any of THESE folks showed up to testify?

2007 MONTANA PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE LIST

  1. MichaelBergkamp, ND Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians Helena
  2. Betty Beverly Montana Senior Citizens Association Helena
  3. Starla Blank, PharmD Montana Board of Pharmacy Helena
  4. Kathryn Borgenicht, MD Montana Medical Association and American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Bozeman
  5. Lee Ann Bradley, PharmD, BCPS Montana Pharmacy Association and University of Montana School of Pharmacy Missoula
  6. Deanna Brame, MSN, RN, C, CHPN Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Palliative Care Consultants Bozeman
  7. Jeannine Brant, RN, MS, AOCN St. Vincent Hospital Billings
  8. GaylaBrown, BSN, RN, LNHA Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation Helena
  9. Roger Citron, R.Ph. Department of Public Health and Human ServicesHelena
  10. KristinaDavis, RN American Cancer Society – Volunteer Great Falls
  11. Becky Deschamps, R.Ph. Kalispell Regional Hospital Kalispell
  12. Joan Eliel Montana Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services Helena
  13. JeanForseth, MN, RN, CHPN Big Sky Hospice Yellowstone City-County Health Department Billings
  14. Scott Hansing, DC Montana Chiropractic Association Helena
  15. Teresa Henry, MS, RN Montana Nurses Association Missoula
  16. Jan Jahner St. Peter’s Hospital Helena
  17. Linda Fike-Looser, PT, CLT-LANA, CES Montana Physical Therapy Association Hamilton
  18. MaryMcCue Montana Dental Association Helena
  19. Sue Miller, RN, BSN Department of Public Health and Human ServicesHelena
  20. Liz Rantz, MD State Department of Corrections Missoula
  21. Randale Sechrest, MD Montana Spine and Pain Center Missoula
  22. Robert Shepard, MD New West Clancy
  23. Carolyn Squires Montana State Senate Missoula
  24. Dwight Thompson, PA Montana Board of Medical Examiners Harlowton
  25. Linda Torma, MSN, APRN, BC Montana State University-College of Nursing Carroll College Parish Nurse Center Missoula
  26. Deric Weiss, MD, FACP Hospital Palliative Care Programs Billings
  27. Staff Kristin Nei American Cancer Society Montana Government Relations Missoula
  28. Connie SageMissoula

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature thanks all of those organizations and individuals especially because the members of the task force will serve without public compensation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Cancer Society and the leadership of the task force are encouraged to give the task force’s report and recommendations the widest circulation practicable so that implementation of the recommendations made by the task force become a collaborative effort between public and private bodies and organizations with the most influence on privately furnished health care and on public policy.

EPIC FAIL! Has anybody even seen or heard ANYTHING on this? WIDEST CIRCULATION?? One would figure at LEAST one of 28 elected officials might remember this CRITICAL piece of legislation! Squires was involved and PRESENTED the BILL! It’s not like she’s a rookie.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature looks forward to receiving the report and recommendations of the task force and implementation of the recommendations made by the task force because implementation will be important to the lives of those many Montanans suffering from acute or chronic pain whose enjoyment of life has been reduced by pain that has not been cured or effectively managed.

AS LONG AS they do not choose medical marijuana as a treatment. They forgot to add that little diddy in there……

And while we’re at it – let’s create financial pain and RUIN to go with all their health issues. I mean, they’re just a bunch of potheads – right? Let’s reduce their enjoyment in life even MORE – chronic pain isn’t enough – and you’re all just a bunch of fakers! We have proven in this report that chronic pain is not effectively managed – and that 70% of Montanans surveyed suffer from chronic pain MONTHLY! SEVENTY PERCENT!

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent by the Secretary of State to the Governor and the Montana Congressional Delegation.

And PROMPTLY be buried to NEVER be seen again – so that in 2011 we can do THIS

and COMPLETELY destroy Montanans and the spirit of this Resolution.

Thank you Senator Essman! So happy you could vote in this resolution – and so conveniently forget about it – and then go after 26,000 chronic pain patients! Take away an EFFECTIVE treatment that helps MANY Montanans! TARGET chronic pain patients to be removed from the database.

If you want to reduce numbers in ANYTHING wouldn’t it be in CHRONIC PAIN?!?!

e-mail and public records

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

THIS concerns me.

First – a little history. I worked in a Records unit for 5 years. That records unit was a state government records unit. The best one in state government as far as I was concerned. I had worked for the mighty DNRC Water Rights Records Unit as the lead scanner. I had come from DEQ before that with 4 years under my belt. Another water position – another scanning position. In BOTH positions – I was micro-managed right OUT of my mind.

Alas – that is another story – and I digress……

Throughout my micromanagement within these 2 departments I had ONE thing DRILLED into my head. e-mail is public record – and NOT to be trifled with. It was their biggest leverage for punishment department wide in both. The slightest infraction would be drug out upon any “issues” within department.

It’s how they kept us IN LINE – as invariably SOMEONE would get an e-mail from home – or get added to a spammer list. And how hearts would flutter if they got a RED HAND. One gal 15 years my senior had an all day long anxiety attack over a red hand she got one day online working.

Actually – from a Human Resources standpoint – it was a very efficient “tool”.

Probably why state government allows our elected officials to maintain their private accounts for legislative work. Probably why the county wants to delete everything after 60 days. Probably why attorneys will and SHOULD object at any and all costs.

It’s a great way to destroy evidence – all with the push of one little button. Well – three if you know how to do it correctly……

POINT – Our Governor isn’t the only shifty boot politician out there. Legislators have openly bragged about deleting 1300 e-mails at a time on an issue they didn’t agree with – without even reading them. They just “knew what they were about – and they were a “form letter” so I don’t have to read them” (or pay attention).

What else happens in the private e-mail addys of said shifty boot politicians?

Well – taxpayers and voters – we’ll NEVER know. Our elected officials use private e-mail addresses for state government work. As far as I know they have NO requirements (how could the state possibly govern them?) to share their e-mails. They sure as hell would have to if they were an employee of our great state though. They would be public record.

WHY are e-mail accounts of ELECTED officials governing our state with PRIVATE e-mail accounts. Christ – I had to have special permission and software to access my state govt e-mail from HOME!

I suspect there is some pretty  shady business going on out there folks. We have to do something about it.

How hard would THEY fight against HAVING to use a state government e-mail address? Having same rules as mere employees?

I say we get a bill in for next session requiring FULL exposure – and immediate assignment and usage of state e-mail upon election. FULL DISCLOSURE as per state e-mail rules now. They might actually get something done and have to be HONEST!

Period.

Doobie or not Doobie

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

If I could – I would read this poem aloud in the Rotunda at the Capitol.

They’d probably have me hauled off in chains though.

Doobie or Not Doobie – THAT is the question!

The man speaks the truth.

Hope you enjoy

Hiedi

Frustrations!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

My poor widdle head hurts

My poor widdle head hurts

My head hurts so damned bad this legislative session I can’t even remember how many days into it we are. My cannabis consumption has increased by a THIRD. Not simply to manage the pain in my body, hands, and arms, but my head – and an ever increasing anxiety.

What in the BLEEP?!?!

Not simply about JUST Cannabis either. Our legislature is INSANE this year. I have spoken to many of the long time GOP party members I know, long time friends, and they are just as stunned.

Guns in bars and banks? I was FLOORED by that one – especially with the fact that we do still have “showdowns at the OK corral” in Montana. Right here in lil ol Lincoln for that matter – 60 miles from ANYWHERE. NO emergency services for 60 miles – and lifeflight over mountain ranges – treacherous ones. Just had a gun throw down last October, right before Halloween. Did they forget about that? Did they even KNOW about that? I would HOPE so – but I doubt it.

They don’t pay attention. They WON’T pay attention. It is SO frustrating.

So – re: medical cannabis in Montana and our current legislative body – personally – I think we’re all SCREWED. I know for a fact they all received The 2011 Legislator’s Guide to Medical Cannabis. I helped deliver all 150 copies – and filled out forms for the Seargent’s of Arms in both House & Senate. Have they read it? Have they even cracked the cover?

I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT! It is quite apparent in the questions they ask – and their actions. They understand NOTHING and are governing by social stigma, rather than science and fact. GOD FORBID they listen to a patient or a grower dontcha know…..we all be CRIMINALS!

Give me a friggin break.

Shall we talk about Code of the West? Spear-chucking? Any MORE of the plethora of time-wasters – and just plain STUPID legislation.

Maybe we DO need to legislate a Code of the West for these idiots – they most certainly do NOT practice it! They need a reference point – someplace to start I guess. Their parents didn’t raise them with the same values they think they need to Legislate. That’s the trouble with having so many “imports”.

I say they damned well should PRACTICE what they PREACH before they even attempt to legislate it. Then they might realize WHY it is such a stupid thing to Legislate. You can’t fix stupid – and you cannot legislate common sense!

DOH!

I’ll tell you – it has been interesting from my standpoint. Here we have a shifty boot Governor – who threatens to veto – rather than Govern. A House of 100 Representatives who LIE on the floor – OPENLY – with no fact checking before they speak. Senators who see you coming in the hall and duck and run. See them at a social function – and it’s quite apparent you’re NOT one of the “cool kids”.

Science and FACT have been given – and they still run on stereotypes and lies – with a GOAL to DECREASE numbers in the medical marijuana program in Montana.

Which one of ANY of them has a medical degree to tell 26,ooo patients to go on opioids? Their ultimate goal is about 2,000 patients.

Or so I am told……

Yet – prescription drugs are a HUGE problem in Montana – and they want to put us all on THAT freight train! PILLS KILL!

What happened to MY right to govern MY body? Cannabis works for me – and allows me to function daily – better than any pharma treatments EVER would – with no risk of death.

As a matter of fact – I feel better than I ever have in my LIFE!

They want to take that away from not just me – but many like me. They consider me a “pothead” because I am not DYING. Well – I have news for them – I do not want to die by pills! I have NO desire to be trapped in a chemical coma – destroying my kidneys and liver along the way.

I will also fight VERY hard NOT to have it taken away.

If they only knew the history of how and why it was made illegal. If they only CARED. If only…..


I’ve grown up in this state. My Papa moved us here 34 years ago, when I was 10. I have since raised my family here. I own horses, I belong to my local rodeo club. I own property. I am a part of my community, I chaired the blood drive for 12 years. I am a businesswoman. I am a business owner. I am a voter. I am a Republican. I fly my US flag EVERY day. I am a Montanan. A very proud one at that.

Until 11 weeks ago. Eleven weeks ago I became very disappointed, and disgusted. As I stand in our state capitol today and look around our great statehouse I wonder “What in the HELL has happened to our state and the folks we have elected to govern it?”

I am a Medical Cannabis patient. That should answer a few questions. I am NOT a criminal. I would like to make that point quite clear.

I have a debilitating condition that cost me my job. My state government job. I loved working for our great state, and I miss it. Alas, that same job I loved became a work injury, and a nasty booger of one at that. It was almost 13 months ago I lost my job.

I have been a medical cannabis patient for almost 2 years now. Back when I got my certification I had to wait 4 months for a doctor appointment. Medical records were required. My exam was extensive, and my office visit lasted all morning, with an educational talk performed by the physician for half an hour with the group of 4 of us before we could leave. My certification was professionally and respectfully done with education and compassion.

Shortly after I got my certification, I saw the “traveling circus shows” start up across my great state. I watched in horror, as I saw the newspapers unfold with the pictures of the abuse and exploitation of our compassionate law. “No! Stop! Don’t!!!!!” I yelled at my computer monitor from Lincoln.

Patients will suffer……..it was all I could think. I despised that guy……he was blatantly hurting Montanans, and in NO WAY understanding in any way shape or form how or why. Why is that do you ask? I say – he is not Montanan, so he doesn’t understand us. We are private, conservative folk who appreciate personal freedoms. Personal freedoms that are not abused.

I apologized for this behavior. I drove to Great Falls when they were having their moratorium meetings and publicly apologized for behavior not mine. “He is not “we”!” I testified. I attended the subcommittee hearings in August. I again apologized and begged “Make it Montana! KEEP it Montana! Help us!”

I was in Colorado in both November and December where I witnessed their medical cannabis law first hand. When I came home – I begged Mark Long to not make Montana patients have to suffer under such a system. It was such a “Weedslinger” atmosphere – they had no idea what strain worked for what pain. They were selling buggy plants to patients. They had simply legalized the black market, no medical records were being kept. There was no quality control, no safety measures.

Montana caregivers I know across the state do NOT behave like Colorado caregivers I witnessed in lower downtown Denver. They care very deeply for their patients, and work hard to meet their needs and find what works for them. They are your fellow Montanans folks! Many displaced by the fallout of the construction industry! Many have turned to this to avoid public programs and save their mortgages and homes. Many simply because they care, and have learned the truth about Cannabis as medicine. Many are patients themselves.

Look at the patients – YOUR fellow Montanans. They have taken advantage of one thing this great state prides itself on, and has for years. Pioneering, and personal freedoms. Trust. Community. Safety and Safe access. Their fellow Montanan looking out for them in their time of need.

Now- fast forward 11 weeks into the 62nd Legislative Session. Our Legislature has made into law a Code of the West they don’t currently practice, as the DEA Raids commence upon their fellow Montanans. REPUBLICAN LEADERS of my own GOP party have not stepped forward to scream about States Rights!

“What in the F%$K!!!” is all that screams through my mind these days. I have completely witnessed the ultimate betrayal. My own elected officials see all of us as criminals. I am no longer a Montanan to them, to be served and protected. They choose not to read or learn any of the science or fact they are presented with. Our EDUCATED society is today being governed by social stigma, rather than science and fact. Lies have run rampant on the floors of our great statehouse, and continue to be propagated by fools. Bills were presented over the past three legislative sessions, and nothing was done regarding medical cannabis. Now – just take it away?!?!

What happened to looking out for each other? What happened to community? What happened to respect? Should the entire medical cannabis population in Montana be held responsible for the very small percentage who abuse it? Why can’t we all work TOGETHER to protect Montana patients? Protect Montana caregivers and business owners. Without them – patients will have to go to the black market and cartel. The black market and cartel will load the trucks and hit the border as Montana law enforcement will be too busy arresting Montanans.

Quite a freakin pickle we have gotten into here – and in the end – it will be the patients who suffer. The patients and our children, as the black market has no care or concern who they sell to. They’ll just be happy to have their market back…..