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Cannabis Patients Plan Protest at Capitol

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"I really don't think the patients have been represented," says Hiedi Handford, Publish of Montana Connect Magazine. Medical marijuana patients and growers all across the state are fighting mad.

"They didn't pay attention to a single word those patients had to say about how it hurt them, how it worked, they we're strictly out for repeal," says Handford.

Proponents of Senate Bill 423 hope Governor Schweitzer will veto it, though Schweitzer has said he intends to let it become law without his signature. Heidi Handford, Publisher of Montana Connect Magazine, says if it becomes law her business would go away - "My freedom of speech is gone, my constitutional right to the freedom of speech is gone with a no advertising."

The bill creates a new system in which people authorized to use medical cannabis can either grow their own or obtain it without compensation from a provider who can grow it for up to three people.

"It is probably not the best solution, but I mean I got to hand it to them, they at least tried," says Sen. Dave Lewis of Helena. Like many providers and users, Senator Dave Lewis says the industry needs to be regulated. "I voted for the repeal thinking well maybe if we repeal it for two years, we can step back and start over again, cause we're not going to pass a reasonable bill," says Lewis.

"We walked in begging for regulation to draw a box around us to protect us from the black market, and they told us basically we're the black market," says Handford.

The bill becomes law on Friday, without the Governor's signature or veto and dissatisfaction from many in the state.

"It's not about me, it's about freedom of speech, it's about the patient and allowing people the personal freedom and choice," says Handford.

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