SafeMontana, the group that is opposing an effort to fix MT’s medical cannabis laws has raised 100% percent of approximately $125,000 in contributions in 2016 from just seven donors, the Montana Cowgirl Blog has learned.
According to the COPP 2016 filings, six people other than its leader Mr. Steve Zabawa of Billings, have contributed to SafeMontana, which earlier this year failed to collect enough signatures to put an absolute ban on cannabis in Montana on the ballot with no exceptions (even as medicine for people suffering end-stage cancer).
One of this select group is GOP Billings legislative candidate Robert Saunders. Another is Supreme Court Kristen Juras.
Most of the rest came from Zabawa himself, as the Billings Gazette reported earlier. Saunders donated nearly $1,500 toward the effort, while Juras donated $50. (To be sure, Juras is running a statewide supreme court campaign that has raised less than many state legislative candidates.) Here is the report showing Juras and Zabawa are the only donors for that period. Here is the report in which Saunders and Zabawa are the sole donors – and here’s a screenshot showing the other four total donors.
The revelation makes it a lot harder for anyone to think of opposition to I-182 as anything but driven by a handful of extremists. In fact the logo on the Safe Montana website seems even to imply that alcohol should also be made illegal.
It seems like an obvious point that these decisions should be made by doctors, not car dealers.
Screenshot of SafeMontana Logo Source: SafeMontana website
By passing I-182, Montanans can actually lay down the foundation for a workable medical marijuana program, one that requires accountability and responsibility from program participants while also protecting access for patients.