Montana, Vote Against SB 423
Montana citizens have always enjoyed a great sense of independence and the ability to achieve any goal we set our minds to. In 2004, Montana voters approved Ballot Issue I-148 by a overwhelming 63% of the vote, creating a medical marijuana program for patients with chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions. The 2011 Legislature went against the will of the people by passing SB 423, a bill that repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program. A bill that is very unworkable and is full of unconstitutional provisions.
In the true spirit of Montana independence, citizens took to the streets once again and successfully gathered signatures to place SB423 on the 2012 ballot as a referendum by initiative. This marks the first time in 10 years that a initiative referendum will appear on the ballot in Montana and is only the third time since the new Montana Constitution was ratified in 1972. I-124 gives the power back to the voters. It lets them decide if want to keep the law they enacted by passing I-148 with 63% of the vote.
We ask you to vote AGAINST SB 423 on Nov 6th, 2012.
INITIATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 124
AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE REFERRED BY REFERENDUM PETITION
In 2004, Montana voters approved I-148, creating a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Senate Bill 423, passed by the 2011 Legislature, repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program, which includes: permitting patients to grow marijuana or designate a provider; limiting each marijuana provider to three patients; prohibiting marijuana providers from accepting anything of value in exchange for services or products; granting local governments authority to regulate marijuana providers; establishing specific standards for demonstrating chronic pain; and reviewing the practices of doctors who certify marijuana use for 25 or more patients in a 12-month period.
If Senate Bill 423 is affirmed by the voters, there will be no fiscal impact because the legislature has funded the costs of its implementation. If Senate Bill 423 is rejected by the voters, there may be a small savings to the State.
[ ] FOR Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program.
[x] AGAINST Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program. A vote against Senate Bill 423 will restore I-148.