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by jhwygirl

The state’s Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on HB161, the bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Milburn, that would repeal Montana’s Citizen Initiative 148, which passed in 2004

Sen. Milburn is a resident of Cascade, a member of the Grand Old Party and a man working on his 4th term in the House.

We can go on and on about the evils of repealing a citizen’s initiative that passed (I hear) by an pretty significant majority…and we can go on about the evils of the refusal of legislators to actually actively regulate marijuana since it having come into law (that would be 3 sessions, folks)…and we can go on about the hypocrisy of a bunch of so called conservatives creating more nanny state government…AND we can go on about the hypocrisy of a bunch of tea party anti-government types who embrace laws that tell the federal government that they can’t regulate Montana-made firearms yet don’t want to let sick people take proven medicine that has fewer side effects than Tylenol.

I’ll just link you to this article in the New York Times which quotes Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss on the job and investment-killing side effects of repealing medical marijuana in Montana:

Bozeman’s mayor, Jeff Krauss, a Republican, said he thought there was an element of economic fairness to be considered in the debate about medical marijuana’s future. “I don’t think anybody passed it thinking we were creating an industry,” he said, referring to the 2004 voter referendum. But like it or not, he said, it has become one, and legal investments in the millions of dollars have been made.

“Somewhere around 25 people have made anywhere from a $60,000 to a $100,000 bet on this industry,” Mr. Krauss said, referring to the local startups and their capital costs.

“Now the Legislature has got us saying, ‘Ha, too bad, you lose,’ ” Mr. Krauss added. “Boy is that a bad message to send when we’re in the doldrums.”

I could of worked “Even MORE National Media Attention for MTGOP” into the title!

HB161 stalled 6-6 in committee. I don’t know if they officially declared it dead, but Senate Judiciary committee chair Terry Murphy immediately named a three-member committee to come up with “a regulatory alternative” to a repeal bill.

That’s a large order on a short notice (how many days left in the session?) but a whole hell of a lot common sense. And frankly, the Senate Judiciary might just be one of the only places where common sense even has a fighting chance.

I always did think the GOP in the Senate were going to try and bring a little bit of common sense back to this session.

Murphy’s hearings have been far less inflammatory than the House Judiciary (chaired by Rep. Ken Peterson, of Billings). Sen. Murphy even got a thank-you from Senate Minority Leader Sen. Carol Williams (Missoula’s Senate Goddess) for his well-run hearing on HB516 just yesterday.

That being said, let’s get to the other part….

What’s with Senator Larry Jent, a Democrat representing Bozeman for quite a number of years – 3 terms in the House and he’s currently working on his 3rd term in the Senate.

Jent was the lone Democrat to vote for repeal of medical marijuana. What to say about that?

Photo courtesy Chad Harder of the Missoula Independent


by problembear

  • you hate freedom if you attempt to silence the freedom of the press because you don’t like the way your party is being portrayed (mostly because your party is acting like a bunch of fascists who hate freedom.
  • you hate freedom if you think the way to heaven is to tell others what to do and how to act. pay attention to how you act and leave the rest of us to sort out our own behavior with our own god.  i and many americans do not grant you permission to enact laws which infringe on our personal freedoms in a nation which was built by people persecuted for their beliefs.
  • you hate freedom if you support enacting laws that take away a union’s right to collective grandfather was a railroad cop in syracuse new york. Henry had to work graveyard until his retirement because he was a union cop who wouldn’t back down when the railroad bosses wanted him to. he stood up for his rights and the rights of his brothers and sisters in the union. those freedoms were hard won and american workers died winning them.
  • you hate freedom if you allow testimony supporting your bill but prevent citizens who disagree from testifying at legislative hearings.
  • you hate freedom if you deny gays the right to marry whomever they choose.
  • you hate freedom if you hate immigrants. they are who built this country. immigration should be open to all who abide by our laws and mean to work hard to be good citizens of our country.
  • you hate freedom if you hate others because when you are willing to take other’s rights away you open the door to someone taking yours.
  • you hate freedom if you deny women the right to personhood by equating them with cattle and possessions.
  • you hate freedom when you attempt to enact laws telling women how to treat their own bodies.
  • you hate freedom when you attempt to enact laws telling us what we must do at the end of our own lives.
  • you hate freedom if you attempt to circumvent the voter’s initiative process with bills that repeal the voter’s will.
  • you hate freedom when you attempt to take away the public’s access and right to fish, float and otherwise enjoy montana’s streams and rivers.
  • you hate freedom when you dishonor your elected office by being so hypocritical as to accept farm subsidies from the federal government at the same time you cut spending for the poor “because helping poor families creates more debt.”
  • you hate freedom if you support private corporations lobbying congress for more influence and applaud when the will of the people is ignored and marginalized by an increasingly corrupt political process.

I don’t have much respect for cowardly Democratic leaders these days but the GOP has allowed itself to drift away from it’s base and has declined to a level of greed and freedom hating behavior that renders the party all but unrecognizable to anyone who grew up with a republican grandfather named Henry who sacrificed so that others might be able to better themselves.

i don’t see any sacrifice from the GOP these days. i see greed. i see hatred. i see hypocrisy. and i see a party that no longer appeals to anyone with a good heart and a clear head.

people who love freedom will prevail in this country. it is up to each of us to check our hearts and heads and decide which side of freedom you are on. as henry once told my 6 year old father as he was admiring his small garden on the porch of his modest home which sheltered 8 kids one summer in 1932…

money is no excuse to turn your back on honor.

the GOP legislature and GOP congress has dishonored themselves and their country and the voters will not forget it in 2012.

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