Montana: House Speaker Looks To Repeal Medical Marijuana Law
By Stephanie Barish, NBC Montana
HELENA, Mont. -- Republicans and Democrats aren't seeing eye to eye on the Medical marijuana law. Speaker of the House, Mike Milburn, wants the law to go up in smoke.
"It's pretty much opening the door to legalize marijuana is what this has done," Milburn told NBC Montana. "So, we have many issues on that on driving while using it, working and going to school."
Milburn is sponsoring a bill that would repeal the controversial law. He says it's allowing the drug to become too easily accessible.
"Voters did vote for the initiative but it wasn't for what happened...and that's where I'm going to listen to what they're saying and what they're telling me is that the consequences of what's happening is way outweighing any benefits," said Milburn.
But representative Diane Sands begs to differ.
"The fact of the matter is the majority of the people want it fixed they don't want it repealed," she said.
She says the law has helped people and should just be adjusted to eliminate "gray" areas.
"A system for the issuing of licenses and a regulatory process for all the growers, the producers and the sellers. That has to happen," said Sands.
Logan Head, manager of Zoo Mountain, a place that sells medical marijuana, agrees.
"I feel that any repeal bill shows a lack of education and compassion," he said. "We need to educate those legislators or the people backing those bills and show them the true science and facts that lies behind medical cannabis."
He says the law should still stand, but some changes should be made in order to weed out those abusing it.
"I think the more we can work with the bill, and make sure this bill suits the best interest of patients, that would be the ultimate goal," he said.
Both the R's and D's will be at it in the coming weeks to come to an agreement on the law. However, one thing is for sure: it's going to be a heated battle.