It seems as though every week we write that a decision is due any minute on changes – if any – to Montana’s 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana law. But this week it’s really true – there are only eight days left in the 2001 Montana legislative session.
Here’s how the Associated Press [...]
It was a tough few days on the Cops and Courts beat last week.
The details in the caes involving story about the discovery of a young mother’s body after she’d lain beside her baby for hours were just heartbreaking:
A young woman found dead in a Paxson Street apartment appeared to have [...]
Lots of stuff happening today in Helena that could end up affecting cops and courts.
Missoulian State Bureau reporter Chuck Johnson (@c_sjohnson) just posted this on Twitter:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Terry Murphy says he doesn’t think Senate will pass House bill repealing medical marijuana law.
And a news release from Attorney General Steve [...]
Here’s the Associated Press version. Watch Missoulian.com for an expanded story:
HELENA – The House Monday gave final approval to the repeal of Montana’s medical marijuana law and sent it to the Senate.
On a final House vote, House Bill 161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade passed 62-37.
It now moves to the [...]
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Milburn, R-Cascade – which would undo the voter initiative that, with some help from the feds, eventually led to an explosion of medical marijuana use in Montana – has one more procedural vote in the House before heading to the Senate.
Saturday’s floor comments on the bill may [...]
“How do I carry out the wishes of Missoula County and at the same time enforce state law as a result?”
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, testifying before a legislative committee in favor of a bill to overturn Missoula County’s 2006 initiative that declared marijuana to be local law enforcement’s lowest [...]
Sheriffs won’t be first in Montana after all.
Matt Volz of the Associated Press reports that a legislative committee today slashed the so-called “Sheriffs First” bill that would have required federal law-enforcement officers to receive written permission from the sheriff before making an arrest, search or seizure in a Montana county.
Here’s a really interesting story out of Helena detailing a surprise approach to the medical marijuana situation in Montana.
Republican Sen. Dave Lewis of Helena floated a new bill that would impose fees on medical marijuana businesses and distribute $1 million of the proceeds to local governments and $3 million to services for [...]
Paper blow darts tipped with HIV-infected saliva or blood can kill?
Well, no. Not really. Despite what Republican Rep. Janna Taylor, of Dayton in Lake County, said in a hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty this week.
“There’s new ways to kill. You know, if a prisoner [...]
“Today, we’re not talking about medical marijuana. We’re talking about marijuana. It has gotten so far out of hand. We’re talking about a totally uncontrolled epidemic by the drug trade industry. It’s starting to undermine the very fabric of our state that we so greatly cherish.”
Montana House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, [...]