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Will Sheriffs Babysit Your Marijuana? The Answer Is..
San Francisco Sheriff's deputies will keep a watchful eye on your pot stash while you go about your business in city buildings.
While those with medical marijuana cards are free to waltz into police headquarters, City Hall, or courthouses with their greenery untouched, it turns out recreational users of the herb will not be having much fun.
SF Weekly had noticed a man leaving his marijuana with deputies at the Hall of Justice and claiming he'd be back in 15 minutes. While this certainly looked like a pot-check, we were told by the city employees on duty that he never returned.
In fact, the department later noted that the unknown man pulled a variation of the trick every 18-year-old hoping to buy beer used when asked for ID. The old "I left it in the car" followed by a peel-out routine. The man in question told deputies he'd forgotten his medical marijuana card, left, and ran like hell.
For what it's worth, this is the Sheriff's Department's policy on toting drugs into a building:
No drugs are allowed in the building and those attempting to bring them in are subject to arrest. The only exception is for those individuals who are authorized to possess medical marijuana and have amounts which comply with their authorization.
It seems like there are no exceptions to "the only exception." Drag.
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Use of Medical Marijuana in Montana May be Repealed by July
A vote in the Montana House of Representatives may be the start of repealing the State's medical marijuana bill. Will the Senate kill the bill?
The Montana House of Representatives voted 63 to 37 to repeal the state's six-year-old medical marijuana bill. The vote, mostly along party lines with Republicans voting for repel and Democrats against, does not mean the law will now be repelled; it must now go before the Montana State Senate.
"We were duped...the law has been a pretext for encouraging recreational use and creating a path to full legalization of marijuana," the Republican House speaker Mike Millburn, a champion of overturning the bill, said on the floor before the vote. “It is starting to undermine the entire fabric of our state. It is time to take back our state and our culture and do what is best for Montana.”
Montana Passed Medical Marijuana Bill in 2004
Montana passed the medical marijuana bill in a ballet initiative, Initiative 148, in 2004 in a 62 to 37 percent vote. Some feel that since then that the industry has grown too large and that too many are being granted a card. The State has 975,000 citizens and some 30,000 of them have a medical marijuana card. Most of those are granted for 'chronic pain' and Millburn feels the law is being taken advantage of.
Other Montana politicians, more the Democrats but some Republicans, too, feel that the answer is to tighten the laws and to move to regulate the marijuana industry in Montana more. The attempt to repeal the medical marijuana law is expected to have a much tougher time in front of the State Senate.
However were it to be passed by the Senate, controlled by Republicans, it would land upon the desk of Montana's Democratic governor, Gov. Brian Schweitzer. While Schweitzer is on record as saying that he feels the medical marijuana laws should be tightened he has not spoken out for or against repeal.
Medical Marijuana in 15 U.S. States
The ability to get a medical marijuana card and use marijuana for medical conditions exists now in 15 U.S. states, the last one getting the right was Arizona, which narrowly passed a bill to grant medical marijuana licenses in the November election.
California, which passed a bill allowing medical marijuana in 1996, went to the polls in 2010 to vote on Proposition 19, a controversial bill to legalize the possession and growing of marijuana for recreational personal use. That bill was defeated.
If the Millburn bill is successful it would come into effect on July 1 and Montana would become the first state to have allowed the use of medical marijuana only to take that use away.
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