Medical marijuana advocates today released a new radio ad in support of IR-124. The ad urges voters to overturn Senate Bill 423 by ballot initiative at the polls this November. SB 423 was passed by the Senate in 2011, and effectively repealed and destroyed a voter approved medical pot regime that was put in place in 2004 (also by ballot).
The ad features a statement by Sen.Larry Jent (D-Bozeman), who was caught on tape admitting that the Legislature’s final vote in the 2011 session was actually intended to functionally repeal (rather than fix) the state medical marijuana law adopted by voters. “And it worked,” Jent concludes. Oops.
Jent is not up for re-election this year but will be term limited out after the
2015 next session. He had previously campaigned in the democratic gubernatorial primary but dropped out after it became clear he had no support against the popular Steve Bullock.
You can hear the ad here: No on IR-124 Ad
As you can see from the photo above, it looks like Jent may already be using some kind of illicit substance.
Legislators had claimed during the 2011 session that repealing the citizen initiative was not the intent of SB 423. So Jent’s comments are very disappointing. And polling has shown that Montana voters strongly oppose a repeal of the Medical Marijuana Act–62% oppose repeal while only 20% support it. The initiative passed with over 66% of the vote in 2004.
During the 2011 session, the Governor called SB 423 “unconstitutional on its face,” and issued an amendatory veto to fix the parts he considered legally defective. The legislature rejected his changes, overriding Schweitzer’s amendatory veto and demonstrating they had the votes to override an outright veto of the bill as a whole.
Now, Montanans have a chance to decide for themselves whether they like what the legislature did. A “no” vote on IR-124 is a vote to reject the Bat Crap Crazy legislature’s bill and allow sick people to use pot. (An easy way to keep track of all of the initiatives and referenda on the ballot this fall is to vote no on everything but I-166, the initiative that says corporations aren’t people.)
Patients for Reform – Not Repeal today began airing the 30-second spot on the Northern Broadcasting Network, during the Aaron Flint show, and the group hopes to continue airing the ad on a daily basis through the election as fundraising allows.
Here’s the script of the ad: “Same Old Story”
|Same old story. Politicians ignore the will of the people.The federal government attacks Montana’s sovereignty. And our gun rights. Fed up? Vote against IR-124 this November. It’s simple. Voters passed a ballot measure. The politicians repealed it.Here’s Democrat Larry Jent: This was meant to be a de facto repeal, and it worked. And, uh, that’s why we did it that way.
Repeal? What about respect for the voters?
Politicians said no to you. Now say no to them. No on IR-124.
[Paid for by Patients for Reform, Not Repeal. Sarah Baugh, Treasurer]