This place is a joke. It makes pretense at being an establishment of fine dining but their quality of food is lower than my appetite after smelling their seafood fettuccine. The seafood smelled rancid, the prime rib weight was calculated on the bone and resulted in paying twice the price for half the meat, and the fact that they pack you in like sardines with a pathetic little salad bar in the corner you can barely get in and out of... save your money.
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This article is misleading in the extreme. I am a medical marijuana patient, registered with the state. For every caregiver that was busted, there were 4 that were not. These busts were of "caregivers" that were breaking the law by buying and selling large quantities of marijuana outside the rules of the law. Caregivers across the state that follow the letter of the law were left alone. Several of the caregivers busted were trafficing across state lines. The law gives a caregiver a right to grow and sell to registered patients only. The law does not give the right to buy and sell wholesale in order to maintain a large stock to cater to large numbers of patients. Right or wrong, that's the law, and that's why these shops were busted.
It's sad, but it's also inevitable. We live in a consumer economy where people can't trouble themselves to appreciate the beauty we live in over their gadgets and creature comforts. That stuff everyone is busy consuming has to come from somewhere, and it comes with a price. The more we have !!!CONSUME!!! drilled in to our heads and the heads of our children before they're even old enough to buy, the less likely it is that Montana will remain as a pristine, lightly populated state. The only way to save ourselves now is to say !!ENOUGH!!. Quit buying a new coffee pot every year. Do your dishes by hand and say no to the dishwasher. Dry your clothes on a clothesline. The fact is that we as Montanans are becoming as bad as the rest of the country when it comes to consuming. We have to make the decision to either maintain our low economic status and preserve the nature around us, or rush forward into consuming oblivion like the rest of the nation. I for one would rather make 26k a year in a clean, empty, natural place, than earn 50k in urban hell. So next time you make that trip to your favorite mega super store, think to yourself... A new vaccuum or a crystal clear lake? Masses of school junk for the kids or untouched forest? An electric razor because your too lazy to shave or abundant wildlife? Even if Montanans woke up, the rest of the country would take it from us anyway! Oil isn't the disease, it's merely a symptom of a much worse disease. Consumerism!
Regarding the original story, this is a terrorist act pure and simple. A hate crime that should be pursued as such. Any attempt to sway the masses through fear rather than the ballot is wrong.
There is so much misinformation regarding medical marijuana it's pathetic. Many options exist in which to ingest the active ingredient, and in fact most doctors today that DO reccomend their patients consume cannabis recommend they do so by eating cannabis products rather than smoking it, or at the very least vaporize it rather than smoking in a more traditional sense.
The reason the Pharaceutical companies are "out of the loop" is exactly the reason it's been lobbied so hard against for the last 50 years. It's a solution that doesn't require a corporate monstrosity to produce, and in fact can be produced quite effectively by the individual. Less people buying pain killers... less people buying over the counter sleep aids... a whole slew of business fleeing from the pharmaceutical companies.
Regarding smoking dosage, that's one of the main benefits of smoking marijuana is that it is fast acting and can be administered in minutely increasing amounts until the desired level of effect is reached. Try doing that with Codeine or Oxycontin. Is this law being abused? Absolutely. News stories appear time and again regarding kids raiding their parents medicine cabinet for Soma, Vicodin, Oxycontin etc.. There is always going to be abuse. The difference is those kids can't overdose from stealing some of their parents pot.
I suggest those who are railing so hard against this law go out and start meeting the people using it. You may even know some now that you're not aware of. Talk to the cancer patient who swears it's the only thing keeping them from turning into an emaciated skeleton from nausea. Talk to the MS patient that is unable to walk or talk or perform basic motor functions without it. Talk to the Crohn's disease sufferer who's had 85% of their bowel removed but avoids flare-ups and loss of the remaining 15% by consuming cannabis. You all pretend there is no medical benefit, yet more and more studies are coming out showing concrete results from cannabis use for a wide variety of illnesses. Do some research on these things, you might be suprised at the results.
It's not necessary to go to "Joe's Marijuana Store" to get medical marijuana, the law allows patients to grow it themselves, and most do. The law allows you to brew your own beer... why do you go to bars? Convenience.
Vince, I can with confidence say that it is a small minority that is threatening violence. The vast majority do not want violence to fix our country. That would make imposing the view of the minority via violence rather than going by the will of the majority via election.... tyranny?
You're proposing to do the very thing you claim to be fighting.
I agree totally that we have the right to bear arms. I disagree totally that it is an acceptable practice to hold any sort of a heated discussion while carrying one. If your neighbor came over to your house and insisted you cut down a tree that has limbs hanging in your yard, it's a discussion. If your neighbor came over carrying a shotgun and demanded you remove the tree, it's intimidation.
We have a democracy. Every citizen has the right to have their voice heard (except in Florida). If a majority of the people want our government to change, they can exercise that right and the government will change.
A small minority holding on to their guns while voicing boisterous, angry rhetoric to intimidate the majority is as anti-democratic, and anti-American, as it gets.
Elections are revolutions every four years. Let your pencil be your gun, and the ballot be your ammunition.
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