Thursday, March 24, 2011

To the dome

Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I voted for the Medical Marijuana Act and still support it today along with proposed restrictions that would ensure that only people who really need it would have access to it. Such restrictions could have been passed years ago by the increasingly inept Montana Legislature. So far this session, they have been too busy trying to secede from the union to give the issue much intelligent consideration.

In testimony before a legislative committee, Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir compared medical marijuana to the recent massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. That statement would be laughable if it were not so illogical, inappropriate and offensive. A legislator in Helena, whose name I have thankfully forgotten, compared medical marijuana to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The folks in Helena appear to be partaking of some really strong stuff. Muir went on to tell City Council last Wednesday that “The idea of dispensaries in the state of Montana has got to be something we wash out of our minds.” I find this statement to be alarming. The suggestion of mind control and brain washing does not fill me with enthusiasm. This is redolent of the tin pot dictator in a banana republic police state.

Jeff Stevens


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