Senate Bill 423 May Lead To Full Legalization!

After learning from various sources online about the Montana Legislature’s current attempts to rewrite our medical cannabis laws, I sat down and wrote my senators a personalized letter via a form provided at  Below is a copy of what I sent:

Dear Senators,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contact you directly and voice my personal opinion concerning SB 423.  Being a longtime resident of the state and registered medical cannabis user, it is my privilege to inform you that even if you do for some reason decide to pass this piece of legislation–it will surely be struck down as unconstitutional and civil suits will be popping up everywhere demanding compensation for lost wages, defamation of character, public endangerment and a whole slew of other charges related to this one simple fact:  cannabis has scientifically-proven medical uses.

The famous plant also has a safety record pharmaceutical companies only dream about.  Which is, perhaps, why at least four of these giant corporations are currently pressuring the DEA to reschedule synthetic and otherwise patented forms of cannabis derivatives while claiming the plant itself has absolutely no medical value.  A contradiction so glaring, it leaves one wondering why they would even attempt such an obviously corrupt feat of insanity.

If you would rather solve this problem instead of making it into more of a spectacle than it has already become, my suggestion would be to meet with members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to discuss the best method for effectively ending cannabis prohibition in the same fashion as alcohol prohibition before it.  After all, the feds have already reverted control over the substance back to the states…  Through regulations that respect the medical and spiritual uses of this plant, we can find solutions which are beneficial to all aspects of our society.

While some in law enforcement and other branches of government may argue that their livelihoods and the safety of our communities are at stake here, the reality is statistics have proven our current prohibition policies to be the most dangerous part of the equation.  In places like Portugal where drug prohibition has been replaced by simple rules and regulations, crime rates have plummeted along with addiction rates to harder drugs.  Tax dollars are no longer spent fighting an impossible war, they are spent in places where they are desperately needed–like public schools, hospitals and libraries.

Please consider these facts and remember that our country has already wasted easily over a Trillion dollars waging this eighty-year old war.  And ask yourself this simple question:  would you rather have people growing their own medicine and possibly purchasing it from local businesses, or have these people send hundreds of dollars out of state each month to the pharmaceutical giants mentioned above?

Thank you all for your time and wise consideration of these matters.  I look forward to seeing Montana lead this great nation into the twenty-first century.


Justin Michels

Afterwards, I found myself reading an article posted at which takes a somewhat different but perhaps far more effective approach to solving the problem:

Will Montana’s Medical Cannabis Patients Support Legalization in 2012?

“A version of this article appeared in Kush magazine.

In Montana, there are around 100,000 adult cannabis consumers. Some of them suffer qualifying medical conditions and use cannabis as a natural treatment for their debilitating symptoms. Some use it for non-qualifying conditions, such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, cramps, PTSD.

And then there are people for whom cannabis is a non-medical life enhancer: to increase their enjoyment of food, sex, poetry and cinema, or inspire their art and writing, gardening and programming, or enrich their social interactions, or simply relax after a hard day’s work.

There’s no reason that these two groups need to clash, and in fact, they often overlap. The card-carrying Crohn’s disease patient who derives both symptomatic relief and enjoyment from sharing a fat joint of Super Silver Haze with his buddies before kicking back on the couch to watch Pineapple Express (for the third time) is in both camps.

While cannabis can be a “precious medicine for the sick and dying”, that’s not all it is, and we run a real risk of painting ourselves into a corner and setting up needless conflicts within the cannabis community by insisting that it’s only for one group and not the other.

Legalization would be better for patients than the expensive and bureaucratic system we have now: No “qualifying conditions”, no annual doctor certification requirements, higher product quality, lower prices.

So why would patients not support legalization if given the chance?..”




3 Responses to Senate Bill 423 May Lead To Full Legalization!

  1. Pingback: Senate Bill 423 May Lead To Full Legalization! | Abel Williams

  2. What I wouldnt give to have a debate with you about this. You just say so many things that come from nowhere that Im quite sure Id have a fair shot. Your blog is great visually, I mean people wont be bored. But others who can see past the videos and the layout wont be so impressed together with your generic understanding of this topic.

    • J Michels says:

      If you are interested in a debate, I’d be more than happy to oblige. Which of my opinions and/or facts do you take issue with? Please be specific, so we don’t have any misunderstandings. If you are seriously going to attempt defending our failed drug war in this day and age, I would love to do a feature article with you! For starters, why do you hate the idea of me having the freedom to choose my own medicine?

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