On Saturday night the Montana Cannabis Industry Association held a rally in Kalispell to help raise money for the lawsuit they have filed in an attempt to stop SB 423 – a bill that will gut the vast majority of the state’s medical marijuana program.
The group raised $50,000 in four days to cover their initial legal fees, and expected to pass the $100,000 mark last night. Their lawsuit is seeking an injunction to stop implementation of SB 423; really the only hope for patients in the state until another medical marijuana bill can be put on the ballot and voted on.
Advocates expect the lawsuit to be a long-term project, and hopefully they can get the injunction before more patients are hurt and more businesses leave the state.
“It’s a wide range of people who are giving because there’s patients concerned about access,” said MCIA Board Member Kate Cholewa. “There’s people who have invested their life savings into their businesses and are concerned. Then there’s people who are upset because they feel like this is an insult to the voters.”
SB 423 is a monstrosity that the courts need to strike down. If not, the MCIA also plans to push a referendum in 2012 to let the voters decide (again) on medical marijuana in Montana.