Does the will of the people continue to have any meaning in Montana?
Not if the politicians have anything to do with it. Never before has a voter passed initiative been overturned by the Legislature.
If the voters approve IR 124, the bill repealing Medical Cannabis, it may be the first time, but make no mistake, not be the last.
Folks like Larry Jent and Mike Milburn, who have no problem telling you how you cannot think for yourself, gleefully admit SB 423 was in fact a repeal of the 60+ percent voter-approved medical cannabis law.
And the Safe Community Safe Kids folks are permanently apoplectic about their perceived fantasy of rampant teen use because of the passage of this initiative.
Facts tell a different story: A new study from the University of Montana, which is based partly on information from the Centers for Disease Control that arrived at a similar conclusion found no correlation between legalization of medical marijuana and increased usage among teens.
In fact, some states saw a slight drop in teen usage. According to a member of the research team, “We are confident that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase when a state legalizes medical marijuana,” said study researcher D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of health economics and risky behavior at Montana State University.
Voter initiatives sometimes need course corrections, which is what reasonable legislative discourse is for, and that will happen with medical cannabis in Montana, given a chance in the upcoming legislative session. Vote no on IR 124! Say no to the Black Market!