Montana’s Gov. Schweitzer Vetoes Medical Marijuana Repeal Bill, But Patients Are Still At Risk

Yesterday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer — a Democrat — vetoed House Bill 161, a GOP-backed measure to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical marijuana law.
NORML would like to thank its allies, particularly Montana NORML and Patients and Families United for their tireless work on behalf of this issue, as well as all of you who took the time to contact the Governor and urged him to kill this draconian measure.
Unfortunately, Montana’s 28,000+ patients are not out of the woods just yet. In recent weeks, lawmakers have gotten behind a separate effort, Senate Bill 423, to severely restrict existing patients’ access to cannabis. According to a summary of the measure in the Billings Gazette: “The latest version of SB423 seeks to greatly limit the number of people licensed to use medical marijuana, now at 28,300, with backers hoping to bring that number fewer than 2,000. SB423 first would repeal the current law and shut down medical pot growing and dispensing operations on July 1.”
Our allies Patients and Families United have called SB 423, as presently amended, “Repeal in Disguise.” You can learn more about this measure and its up-to-date status on the P&FU Facebook page here or on the Montana NORML Facebook page here. Action alerts regarding this measure are available at the Montana NORML homepage. You can also contact/call your specific individual state lawmakers and urge them to vote ‘no’ on SB 423 via the Montana Government’s ‘Find a Legislator’ page here.
You may also wish to contact the office of Gov. Schweitzer and thank him for his veto decision, and also urge him to continue to stand up for Montana’s patients. E-mail or call the Governor here.
No state has ever repealed or severely restricted their medical marijuana following its implementation. Do not let Montana be the first. Get active; get NORML.

40 thoughts

  1. This is strictly rhetorical, but exactly when are those new Republican congressmen that ran on placing the creation of jobs as their main priority actually going to focus on creating jobs? Just what are they trying to accomplish? One can’t help but wonder who they are actually doing the bidding of. In this day, I find it difficult to believe they think taking protections from patients is somehow protecting society. It all appears to be an orchestrated push.

  2. Taking into consideration the amount of damages, the number of deaths and health problems associated with the products approved as the legal options for all citizens, it shouldn’t take a lot of common sense to see they aren’t the right product for some of the people. I would like to think there are intelligent people who understand that consuming marijuana can’t be wrong for all the people, just some of the people. It is my opinion that continuing to impose upon and intimidate people to consume products that their bodies may not accept is a violation of the laws of nature.
    It’s disturbing that our ability to be recognized as respectable citizens is being defined by what we possess to consume, instead of by how we treat the people we share our communities with, or by whether we have the morals to accept responsibility for any damages or deaths we cause by our actions and decisions.

  3. Yesterday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer — a human being and a Governor — vetoed House Bill 161, a GOP-backed measure to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical marijuana law.
    What is it with the republicans in Montana.
    My first thoughts are to decrease the size of Big Government, most of us have to get past the labels of democrat or republican, the bottom line is We The People have no more money to pay The bIG government.
    PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
    As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of it in question (and in Matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the Sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the King of England hath undertaken in his OWN RIGHT, to support the Parliament in what he calls THEIRS, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either.
    In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion.
    The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all Lovers of Mankind are affected, and in the Event of which, their Affections are interested. The laying of a Country desolate with Fire and Sword, declaring War against the natural rights of all Mankind, and extirpating the Defenders thereof from the Face of the Earth, is the Concern of every Man to whom Nature hath given the Power of feeling; of which Class, regardless of Party Censure, is

  4. Prohibitionists in Montana, and the rest of the nation, cannot win their war until they win the hearts and the minds of we the people – which they have lost and continue to lose in large numbers. They’re a snow ball headed for hell. When prohibitionists stand in congress, they refer to each other as the distinguished gentleman or gentle women. Prohibs are hardly a gentle anything – they are however distinguishable from reasonable and rational representatives.

  5. What is with these Lawmakers in Montana? How could anyone be so heartless as to take away someones medicine. I’m sure a lot of it is lifesaving medicine. My heart goes out to all of those MMJ people. Maybe if there government gets sued a few times by the family members of MMJ patients because their loved ones condition gets so bad they may not recover or worse lose them, then I bet they might change this stupid cruel move.

  6. Remember when the legislators in this country use to protect liberty? Today,they spend their time denying liberty. Why? Do they think we’re stupid and they know what is best for us?
    No, they know better than that, they are protecting the interest of someone else and using the old standby safety and security argument to pass legislation that controls the situation for the corporations that would prefer not to have the competition of healthier and more environmental sound product that can be used in over 28,000 products.
    A product that would give the people of this country very much control over their own destiny and being free of the corporate structures, free.
    Government and corporations in the United States can’t have that now can they, they must remain in control..
    Ask your legislators why they insist upon limiting your freedoms and liberties.
    Their argument will not hold up if you bring it to the light of day.

  7. way to go gov. finally true reps. of the pepole, nice to see the change occuring slowly but never the less.

  8. Lol it’s funny. They are just digging their own graves. Do they really think the American population is that stupid? This just shows how desperate these politicians are becoming.
    It doesn’t matter what your political views are. ALL PEOPLE have a right to choose what medication they decide to take.

  9. Just wait til the feds start stepping up more. Jarrod Polis, a member of congress, is sticking up for our medicine and it will be a matter of time til other politicians start to realize this issue. Remember we all need to have POTIMISM!
    Potimism-[pot-uh-miz-uhm]- noun
    . The belief that marijuana will become legal no matter how unlikely it seems and there are positive ways around the excuses people give saying it can’t be legal.

  10. “ gives patients peace of mind by putting medical marijuana back into the hands and trust of real, professional medical doctors – all while adding a new revenue stream into the ever-diminishing medical industry,” says Jason Draizin, CEO of “After a thorough examination of the marijuana industry, we chose this path because without the education and acceptance from both patients and doctors, there is no medical marijuana.”. I recommend visiting marijuana doctors was founded to act as the trusted gateway for patients searching for medical marijuana treatment in legal medical marijuana states. Hope this helps.

  11. Thank good for Montanan’s and Americans in general that Montana’s Governor showed a lot more wisdom and common sense than does their lawmakers (or put another way – criminal makers!!!)

  12. Finally a governor with some BALLS. Obama should have some BALLS and stand up the same way to BIG PHARMA.

  13. In some Final Chapter it was recorded, on this day we chose to be governed, we elected to be governed.
    What I bring to Eternity is my only soul

  14. “One in a Million.”
    Is it better to put a million in one place – or – put one in a million places. On 4-20 @ 4:20 be “One in a Million.” Be assured – we have the right side of a two sided coin. “Heads we win – tails they lose.”

  15. Have you wondered about people who are blind
    Born without eyes, when they dream what do they see

  16. I feel troubled that sick people might be restricted to their medicine.
    I hope the people of Montana can find it in their hearts to not bring them more discomfort

    Obama indicated that he would [not] use federal resources in compassionate use states if we elected him. We indicated that we would [give him] our vote if he would cease and desist federal raids in compassionate use states. He said he would do a specific something – and – we said we would do a specific something – sounds like a contract to me – “willing parties.” So! who has now breached that contract of March 9, 2009 by violating state sovereignty. Not only have federal raids reappeared – but – they are threatening landlords with property seizure once again. Prohibitionists [honestly and truly] don’t care what laws they break – they’ve got immunity and guns [to shoot dogs with]. I smell Michele [Leonart] cookin’ up her poison shit [witches brew] in the kitchen. Leonart must be brought back to reality – back down to earth – but – Obama is the head chef – and oh well – what a weak sister. It only takes 50% of Congress and one (1) Genesist to make it happen.

  18. Breach Of Contract
    It only takes 50% of Congress and one (1) Genesist/Real Human Being/ Citizen to make it happen.
    When that man threw his old shoes at Bush, in my heart that marked my place in this 21st century

  19. 34. Nic
    Do you have any old shoes you would like to throw. I personally wouldn’t waist a perfectly good new pair of shoes on a worthless prohib. Nic – absolutely – real American human beings – absolutely – American citizens – absolutely – American patriots all. Anyone that has ever served in the military – raised their right hand and “swore an oath of allegiance” to protect our country against all enemies – foreign – and –
    “DOMESTIC.” Personally – my oath has never been retracted or forgotten. Unfortunately – neither has my “DOMESTIC ENEMY.” 4-20 @ 4:20 will change that.

  20. 4/20 is the day I plan to celebrate as veterans appreciation day. I thank you for you service of protecting my rights to free speech, my right to get an education and to use the knowledge and information available to help me make practical decisions. The right to treat people as I want to be treated. I am a citizen who is equally and individually different in my beliefs and opinions, desires and needs, and how I interact and react to the products I consume.
    This is where I first posted it:!/AlternativeForPTSD

  21. Let’s face it – “that was a gutsy political move.” With all due respect – Governor Schwietzer is defending the great state of Montana’s “sovereignty” by rejecting Abusive Governmental Authority. Regardless of his “personal beliefs” the man we chose to represent our brethren’s best interest – “Did the right thing – he voted his conscience” – and – that’s what we put him there to do. That’s a gutsy thing to do in Washington D.C. “It took balls!”

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