Yesterday, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana vetoed the bill that would have repealed the MMJ law that has been active in the state since 2004.
This veto came while state legislators continued to work on language in a different bill meant to increase strictures on the use of medical marijuana among the 30,000+ residents of the state who currently carry authorization cards, or for new patients waiting to be authorized.
The reason for the attempt at repeal is that a significant number of voters feel that the system currently in place for legal medical marijuana use is being abused. The Governor, on the other hand, feels that a total repeal would not be acting in the public’s best interest.
Critics of the law, approved as a ballot measure by voters in 2004, say the statute has been abused by some as a pretext for recreational pot smoking and even for illegal drug trade.