It’s nice to be able to visit your parents, letting them see their grandson.
I still live in-state so I’m able to do that.
That’s one of the main messages of Greg Gianforte right now – let’s get quality Montana jobs so grandparents can see their grandkids on the weekend.
- I know my son is pumped-up about going to Helena to see his grandparents – it means cartoons, treats, and being the center of attention.
- I know my parents are happy because they can see their grandson and realize how nice and peaceful the rest of their week truly is.
So it’s a win-win for everyone.
Currently, Democrats are on the defensive when it comes to that message, both of jobs and young people having to leave the state.
After all, if things are going so well economically, why are young people laving the state for good jobs?
On top of this I see the Billings Gazette has some kind of story on Montana’s agricultural economy taking a hit because the “wheat bubble is rapidly deflating.”
Doesn’t sound good.
Let’s talk about some other things that aren’t sounding good, at least from the Democrats’ perspective.
It’s happening nationally with our primaries. Here, take a look:
As you can see, Republicans are turning out about 2-to-1 compared to Democrats.
If that trend continues you might as well figure a Republican is going to the White House.
It could be that they’re turning out for Trump. If that giant political figure is taken down somehow, will that turnout continue?
That’s about all Hillary can hope. Currently even Bernie isn’t exciting 'em.
I think the best thing for Republicans nationally is to accept Trump, stop attacking him, and let him realize he’s won.
A large part of this charade will end, as he’s been forced onto the offensive ever since this campaign started.
Once he doesn’t have any GOP opposition you’ll see him tear into Hillary. One week of that and the Party could coalesce around him.
That’ll energize Hillary’s base as well, but again, she doesn’t have the numbers compared to Trump
It’s all in the turnout and Democrats, both in Montana and nationally, better figure out some issues that’ll drive up that turnout.
- First, the article I put up on Thursday about the Supreme Court ruling in Montana on medical marijuana has received 419 views.
- Next, the article I put up on Friday about emotions and economics at a Montana medical marijuana clinic got 2,731 views.
- Then, the article gained a lot of traction on Facebook from people concerned about this issue.
- Finally, more people are coming forth wanting to tell their stories about how this issue affects them.
At this point I’m hearing that the state will be doing a lottery to determine which 3 patients a provider can provide to.
I have no idea where this idea got started or if it’s anything more than a rumor.
We do know that marijuana stores in Montana can stay open until March 10…but at that point we don’t know what to expect.
It’s been advised by lawyers that those stores be closed by that date.
So what then for patients?
It’s a legal limbo of having a card but not having a viable provider listed for that card as your old provider will have likely gone out of business by that point.
So that’s kind of weird, as you can’t legally get a card without listing and getting the signature of a provider.
I don’t know the legalities of this, but it seems like a real headache.
I suspect most people will head to the black market and those near the border with Washington will go there.
I suspect many will go back to Big Pharma drugs and I also suspect many will stop smoking, perhaps going for alcohol, cigarettes, or perhaps nothing at all.
We know about 14,000 people are impacted so it’s a big story.
We’re pretty certain that hundreds of jobs will be lost, so that’s a big political issue for the campaign trail to pick up.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I’m happy to report anything you hear or frustrations you want to vent.
Could it get there and if it does, could it pass?
I think it’s yes on both counts.
With the recent medical marijuana ruling, people are energized to gather signatures and sign the initiative themselves. Since it’s just 40 districts, this is possible.
Now, is that 40 of the 100 House Districts or is it 40 counties?
There’s a lot more room here if you can pick up 10 districts around Missoula, 10 districts around Gallatin County, for instance.
The real leader on this initiative is Anthony Varriano.
He has the website 420  and he has the plan to ride around the state and get signatures.
Supporting his efforts is a great idea. So…how would you do that?
The best way is to volunteer to help get signatures to legalize marijuana.
To help with that, consider these easy steps:
- Print out a few B&W Montana marijuana legalization brochures for people with questions’
- Print a cool Montana marijuana legalization logo for people to see when you’re talking with someone else;
- Print out several Montana legalize marijuana petition forms that people will sign;
- Print out several Montana marijuana regulation and taxation forms so we can direct marijuana tax money to our schools;
- Print out lots of Montana voter registration forms for those people that say they’re not registered;
- Print out an affidavit of petition signature gatherer form that you yourself will sign and send in as well;
If you do those 6 things you can help legalize marijuana in Montana. Plus, the money from that will help schools.
Besides that, just talking about the issue and making sure everyone you know signs.
One great idea if you want to gather signatures is to possibly coordinate with Anthony Varriano.
Go ahead and collect as many as you can in your local area, then just send them to one of the regional coordinators or Varriano himself.
Ten signatures here or five there will add up, when you multiply it by concerned individuals around the state.
Don’t be afraid to print off those voter registration forms and get those signed.
This can be done.
Seems like these things happen and then everyone is informed of them later.
Gianforte makes it clear where he’s going to be and when you can come and talk to him.
Why is there such the disconnect with Bullock in meeting the people?
I guess that just rubs me the wrong way.
So c'mon, Democrats - make some noise and start seein' what you want happening to happen!