Thursday, December 9, 2010

Legalization lingo

Posted on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Is Montana going to pot? Could it be that from the beginning proponents of marijuana have been using “medical” as a guise to get marijuana legalized and create a market for a huge cash crop?

Tom Daubert recently made a statement that the Montana Department of Agriculture is best suited to regulate the production and sale of Montana’s burgeoning and largely unregulated Medical Marijuana. Why Montana Department of Agriculture?

Daubert, who currently is a medical marijuana caregiver, has publicly stated that he was involved in the final drafting of the 2004 Citizens Medical Marijuana Act. The 2004 Ballot Statement for the Medical Marijuana Act stated that Montana would be legalizing marijuana for “the limited use of marijuana, under medical supervision, by patients with debilitating medical conditions to alleviate the symptoms of their conditions.” The voter information pamphlet stated that the initiative would allow for the caregiver to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana.

The following is a quote by Daubert that was published on June 11, 2010: “It’s a shame,” said Daubert. “We’ve been working on a careful strategy to use medical to get toward legalization. It was working until medical blew up in our faces.”

Thank you, Mr. Daubert, for finally stating the obvious.

It now appears that Mr. Daubert believes that marijuana should be legalized, treated as a commodity and regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

No other “medicine,” as marijuana proponents want to call this drug, is being controlled by the Department of Agriculture in Montana. What happened to the “limited use,” “medical supervision,” and the “grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana” compassionate law that some Montanans voted for? Is this about pain and suffering or is this about creating a marijuana industry and trying to develop a cash crop to make marijuana proponents rich?

All you have to do is look at Prop. 19 in California to see a glimpse of the future for states that have legalized medical marijuana. Pro legalization people funded that campaign as well as the 2004 Medical Marijuana Act campaign in Montana.

So much for compassion when you can make a buck at the expense of the unsuspecting people who have trusted you to be their “caregiver.”

Cherrie Brady

Chair

Safe Community Safe Kids

Billings

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