OK, I made that first part up.
Chuck Johnson of the Missoulian’s State Bureau, has this update on the actual news about the medical marijuana law:
HELENA – By a 63-37 margin, the Montana House voted Thursday to repeal the voter-passed 2004 law that legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. [...]
Harrison lawmaker Bob Wagner is floating a bill that essentially would let you be the judge – not just when it comes to a defendant’s guilt or innocence, but whether the law itself is worthy.
I listened to the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday and wrote about it in today’s Missoulian:
The 2006 Missoula County voter initiative that makes low amounts of marijuana the lowest priority for law enforcement is just a suggestion.
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg and members of law enforcement say that’s a problem because the guidelines are so fuzzy.
But with the exception of medicinal use, pot is still [...]
“He got a worse deal than anybody else would have gotten in the same position I haven’t seen a fine amount that high ever.”
Todd Glazier, attorney for former Sen. Greg Barkus of Kalispell, sentenced in a Flathead Lake boat crash (in Vince Devlin photo) that seriously injured himself and others on [...]
“It’s just another reason for police to pull you over and check for something illegal in your car. This is what we consider our freedom and this is our right: If you’re not drunk, you shouldn’t be pulled over.”
Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, in 2005, opposing the state’s ban on open containers. [...]
Here’s an updated story that the Missoulian has been reporting:
By Gwen Florio of the Missoulian and Charles S. Johnson of the Missoulian State Bureau
State Sen. Jim Shockley of Victor – who heads the panel hearing bills to crack down on drunken driving – was cited by Missoula police Friday for an open container after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw him drinking a beer on Interstate 90.
“He pulled off on the Orange Street exit and city officers were able to locate the vehicle and pulled him over,” Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Bob Bouchee said Wednesday.
Shockley – a 2012 Republican candidate for attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement and legal officer – said he was drinking a beer and tomato juice concoction when he was stopped.
“It’s certainly embarrassing,” Shockley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. “I’m just sorry it happened. It was exceedingly poor judgment, and it won’t happen again.”
An investigation performed after Shockley was stopped at 7:42 p.m. at Orange and South Second Street West determined that he was not driving under the influence, Bouchee said. He was released and cited for the open container violation. Shockley paid a $51 surcharge Tuesday in Missoula Municipal Court.
Asked how the citation would affect his 2012 candidacy, Shockley said, “It’s certainly not a plus. I certainly don’t think anyone expected the candidates for attorney general to be perfect.”
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“The closest thing we had was the (Utah) Jazz Bear mascot come into a legislative meeting one day and shoot a confetti gun.”
Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups discounting Montana lawmaker Verdell Jackson’s story about six gun-wielding Utah senators stopping an armed intruder there.
(Read the hilarious story in today’s Missoulian. And [...]
This isn’t exactly Cops and Courts stuff, but since it involves weaponry, we’ll call it good. Besides, we jump at any chance to use the word atlatl.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Thompson Falls lawmaker wants Montanans to have the option of hunting with a hand-thrown spear.