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  • Election Day: What I Need to Say Before You Vote

    November 07, 2016

    Listen, I have cancer. It’s still weird to write that after over 9 months in treatment. All I’m asking is that we do our best to support the sick and suffering in our state. What we have now (SB 423) is not our best. It is legislation that was aimed at failure and it does just that- it fails thousands of us who need access to medical marijuana.

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  • Time for Common Sense on Medical Marijuana

    November 04, 2016

    The reinstatement of the three-patient limit is the death knell for medical marijuana. Imagine if your pharmacist could only dispense opioid pain-killers and its other pharmaceuticals to three patients. Pharmacists would soon be out of business. Initiative I-182 has qualified for the November ballot. It has been carefully crafted to reinstate the law that worked effectively from 2011 to 2016. Specifically, it eliminates the three-patient limit, which everybody agrees is arbitrary and was designed essentially to kill medical marijuana.

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  • Physician, patient, voters offer I-182 viewpoint

    November 03, 2016

    What I-182 means for both the patient and the physician is the ability to cultivate and create medication - making it easier for the patient to obtain. There are also safety regulations on the production process - carrying a guarantee that the product was produced organically and pure — something you can’t get by turning to the “Black Market.”

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  • Let compassion, empathy guide your vote on I-182

    November 01, 2016

    I-182 is a people’s initiative. It is about people. This is about the mother with breast cancer, the veteran with PTSD, the coworker with epilepsy, the neighbor with Crohn’s, the uncle with debilitating back pain. This is about the provider trying their best to produce the highest quality medicine for their patients. This is about each of us who may one day need the benefits of medicinal marijuana for our own health and well-being.

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  • Proponents of medical marijuana tout human interest v. profit motive

    October 28, 2016

    Wednesday, proponents of medical marijuana held a conference call to share the reasons they are supporting Initiative-182. The patients, significant others of patients, and politicians argued that I-182 will alleviate human suffering and honor the will of Montana voters, who approved a medical marijuana program for the state in 2004 by 62 percent.

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  • Gazette opinion: Voting again on medical marijuana

    October 27, 2016

    The question on the Nov. 8 ballot is basically whether Montanans want state law to keep small quantities of marijuana legally available to Montanans with pain, nausea, insomnia and other suffering from serious disorders. If your answer is yes, vote for I-182

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  • Time to vote for patients' rights -- again

    October 26, 2016

    It’s crazy to me that we have to vote for medical marijuana AGAIN in Montana, but we do. So allow me to explain how we got here, what the proposed law actually does, and why everyone should vote YES on I-182.

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  • Reduces My Pain

    October 25, 2016

    Medical marijuana had become a vital support medicine for me until I lost access on Aug. 31 because of Senate Bill 423.

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  • MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: I-182 a sensible medical marijuana solution

    October 20, 2016

    OK, Montana. We have gone back and forth and around and around about medical marijuana in this state for more than a decade. It’s time for us to settle on the best course of action and work toward making it as compassionate, realistic, effective and enforceable as possible.

    Initiative 182 takes Montana in the right direction. It would allow thousands of seriously ill Montanans to access a relatively affordable medicine that is proven to relieve a range of symptoms, from the anxiety and insomnia that often accompanies post-traumatic stress disorder to the nausea and loss of appetite that comes with many cancer treatments. At the same time, I-182 provides reasonable restrictions on medical marijuana businesses, with thoughtful limits and requirements on both providers and their products, to prevent the sort of problems Montana saw when the industry was almost completely unregulated.

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  • Vote for I-182 to ease Montana patients' suffering

    October 19, 2016

    This election, Montana voters will be deciding the future of medical marijuana in Montana. This is quite literally a life and death issue, and I hope that my fellow Montanans will vote with compassion by casting their ballots with a yes on I-182.

    This issue is personal for me.

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