This week's protest: protecting medical marijuana

Posted by Skylar Browning on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM

In the aftermath of Monday's federal raids of medical marijuana providers across the state, Montanans for Responsible Legislation (MRL), Garden Mother Herbs and Zoo Mountain Natural Care have planned a unity march in Missoula for Saturday, March 19, at "high noon." (Their words, not mine.)

The march, titled "Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets," will start at Caras Park and end up at the county courthouse. MRL founder Doug Chyatte and local herbalist Katrina Farnum will address the crowd, calling for officials to respect Montana voters' rights.

From a release:

It has certainly been an acrimonious year for medical cannabis patients and providers — from fire bombings and moratoriums, to Representative Mike Milburn’s repeal effort, many ill Montanans fear returning to the days of midnight raids by ski masked government agents.

“Of course this is a community under attack,” says Chyatte, one of the march’s organizers. “Yet these events will only serve to catalyze and unite all Montana cannabis consumers. This community is fed up — I haven’t met one patient who is willing to go back to looking over their shoulder.”

Saturday's unity march comes after locals burned the midnight oil, so to speak, to protest last week's megaload shipments down Reserve Street.

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I have seen that This week state senator Mark Leno has introduced a bill that he hopes will provide some measure of protection for medical marijuana users
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Posted by Bainchodrate on 03/19/2011 at 1:27 PM

I too support this march and what it stands for. We need to stand up for what we believe in and what is right. People should have the opportunity to choose a safer and more effective form of medication. I encourage everyone to get out and show your support of medical cannabis. Stand up for what you believe in and let your voices be heard. Go marchers! Hold you heads and your signs high!

Posted by Freedom4all on 03/17/2011 at 8:42 PM

I support the march and encourage all to resist the federal thugs that have no Constitutional authority to have police forces, prohibit drugs, or operate above the laws of Montana.

Posted by Awe on 03/17/2011 at 4:22 PM
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