Medical marijuana group raised more than $50K for ballot effort

October 12th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

HELENA — Committees advocating or opposing efforts to put
controversial medical marijuana and eminent domain laws on the 2012
ballot as referendums have filed financial reports.

Patients for Reform-Not Repeal, based in Helena, obtained the
needed signatures to let voters next year decide whether to reject
or keep the stricter medical marijuana laws enacted by the
Legislature this year.

Real Montanans for Fair Land Use, based in Belgrade, failed to
gather enough signatures in its bid to let voters decide the fate
of a new law that gives power companies the authority to condemn
property along the route of a new line.

That group was far outspent by Montanans for Common Sense
Property Rights Laws, a Helena-based group that received the lion’s
share of its money from NorthWestern Energy’s parent company.

Here’s a closer look at the spending reports filed last week
with the state commissioner of political practices office:


Patients for Reform-Not Repeal led the successful drive to refer
to voters the new law that makes it harder for people to get
medical marijuana cards and squeezing the profits out of the
industry. The referendum will be on the November 2012 ballot.

A Helena district judge temporarily blocked parts of the law
from taking effect July 1, and both the attorney general’s office
and the Montana Cannabis Industry Association have appealed parts
of the decision to the Montana Supreme Court.

Patients for Reform-Not Repeal reported it had raised $53,119
and spent $46,736, starting June 29. It had $6,383 left in the bank
on Sept. 30.


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