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The Burton K. Wheeler Center - Medical Marijuana in Montana - Thoughtful Questions - Responsible Answers - Helena, Montana - 9/19-20

July 18, 2011View for printing

Helena, Mont. Monday evening and Tuesday, September 19 and 20

In 2004, Montanans passed a citizen initiative to allow the use of medical marijuana for a limited number of physical maladies. Earlier this year, after lengthy and sometimes heated debate, the major tenets of that bill were nearly eliminated by the 2011 legislature.

However, on July 1, District Judge James Reynolds struck down most of the changes in the 2011 bill, essentially returning the law to the 2004 version. Montana's interests in this issue are further complicated by federal policies which have been variously defined and enforced over the past decades. Additionally, a signature drive is underway related to a referendum which would bring medical marijuana back to the citizens for a vote.

What then, is the future of medical cannabis use in Montana? In September, the non-partisan Wheeler Center at Montana State University will host a gathering in Helena which to explore this important issue. Just some of the policies to be discussed include:

* What is the relationship between federal law and the state's authority to allow and regulate medical marijuana?

* What, if any, changes should be made in current law to more accurately reflect the interests and desires of Montanans for the use of marijuana as a prescriptive drug?

* Is the current system for growing and distributing cannabis adequate for patient needs? What changes might be made in terms of regulation and commercialization of marijuana for medicinal purposes?

This conference will allow for a variety of perspectives and, for the first time, the opportunity to fully discuss the issues in a non-partisan, educationally based public forum. Please join us.

We thank our 2011 sponsors, Exergy, the Tom and Teresa Quinn Fund of the Whitefish Community Foundation, Cameron Vanorman, Hilary Wheeler Smith and the Wheeler Center's Board of Directors for their support of the Center and our programs.

Full Event info and registration: http://www.wheelercenter.org/#conferences_events
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