HELENA – Montana voters support the more restrictive medical marijuana law and strongly back a ballot issue requiring girls under age 16 to get parental consent before having an abortion, a new Lee Newspapers poll shows.

They also favor another ballot issue that would deny state services to “illegal aliens.”

Mason Dixon Polling & Research Inc. took the poll Monday through Wednesday for Lee Newspapers, interviewing 625 registered voters who said they were likely to vote in November. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, although the margin rises with subgroups like gender.

Here’s a look at the three questions polled:

• Medical marijuana: Initiative Referendum 124 will appear on Nov. 6 ballot. Voters will decide whether to keep the more restrictive medical marijuana law passed by the 2011 Legislature or reject it and go back to the voter-approved 2004 initiative that legalized the use of marijuana for some medical purposes.

Republican majorities passed the more stringent law, Senate Bill 423, in response to skyrocketing numbers of people obtaining medical marijuana cards, large wholesale growing operations and storefront dispensaries that sprung up in some cities. Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer let it take law without his signature. Medical marijuana advocates criticized the law as overly harsh.

After the Legislature passed the new law, medical marijuana advocates collected more than 35,000 signatures to put it on the ballot as a referendum.

Montanans will vote for Initiative Referendum 124 if they want to keep the 2011 law and against it if they choose to reject the law and go back to the 2004 initiative. SB423 repealed the initiative.

Poll results showed 44 percent are for IR-124, to keep the 2011 law, while 31 percent are against, with 25 percent undecided.

Broken down by gender, the poll showed 46 percent of men favor IR-124, while 37 percent oppose it, with 17 percent undecided. Among women, 42 percent back IR-124, with 25 percent opposing it and 33 percent undecided.

By political party, Republicans back IR-124 by 52 percent to 31 percent, with 17 percent undecided. Democrats were split, 33 percent to 32 percent, with 35 percent undecided. Independents favored IR-124 by 46 percent to 31 percent, with 23 percent undecided.

• Parental notification for minors getting abortions: Legislative Referendum 120 prohibits a physician from performing an abortion on a girl under age 16 unless the doctor notifies a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before the procedure. The measure waives the need for consent if there is a medical emergency, if it is waived by a youth court in a sealed proceeding or if it is waived by the parent or guardian.

A doctor who performs abortions on minors in violation of this measure is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.

The measure was passed as a legislative referendum by the Republican-controlled Legislature. As a legislative referendum, it did not need to go to Schweitzer for a possible veto.

A Montana court in 1999 struck down a similar law as unconstitutional.

The poll showed 65 percent of voters support LR-120, while 28 percent oppose it, with 7 percent undecided.

By gender, 74 percent of men favor LR-120, with 19 percent opposed and 7 percent undecided. Among women, 57 percent support LR-120, while 36 percent are against it and 7 percent are undecided.

By political party, 91 percent of Republicans back LR-120, with 7 percent against it and 2 percent undecided.

Fifty percent of Democrats oppose LR-120, while 39 percent back it, with 11 percent undecided.

Independents favor LR-120 by 64 percent to 27 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

• “Illegal aliens”: Legislative Referendum 121 prohibits the state from providing state services to people who aren’t U.S. citizens or who have illegally entered or illegally remained in the United States.

It was passed by the GOP-controlled 2011 Legislature as a legislative referendum and went directly on the ballot, avoiding a possible veto by Schweitzer.

Poll results showed 57 percent of people favor denying state services to “illegal aliens,” while 29 percent oppose it and 14 percent are undecided.

Both men and women favor LR-121. Men do by 64 percent to 28 percent, while women do by 51 percent to 30 percent, with the rest undecided.

Republicans strongly support the measure by 86 percent to 8 percent, while most Democrats are against it, 56 percent to 22 percent. The remaining voters were undecided.

Independents back LR-121 by 61 percent to 25 percent, with the rest uncertain.

Missoulian State Bureau reporter Charles S. Johnson can be reached at (406) 447-4066 or at chuck.johnson@lee.net.

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GaryTinkSanders
GaryTinkSanders

I had laid out a 3 tier system for medical marijuana at the onset to last years session, I emailed the plan to the Governor and all 100 state legislatures, in turn I received an email from one Republican and one Democrat, the republican invited me to watch the proceedings in Helena, the Democrat listened to what I had to say and only wanted to pursue her ideas. I also met with a local Republican that would take the time to speak with me and after a very good conversation he went back to Helena to have his head filled with loads of bad and divisive information from authority figures, he ended up voting against medical marijuana. If I get elected I will try to get my tiered plan up for a vote or to the people so we can lead with a clear and concise medical marijuana program tailored for Montanans health needs. I will put a synopsis together and post it on my website within the next 2 weeks www.garytinksandersforhd97.com I lost my grandfather to cancer and even though marijuana might not have cured him he could have lived a much higher quality of life and not suffered till his death. Nobody should have to suffer if there is a means of comforting the sick, the ailing and the terminal.

Barkinlounger
Barkinlounger

"We the people" have wanted to slam the doors on immigration for a long time , yet the laws in Arizona are questioned. What's up with that? We are the most forgiving and forgetting society in history. Other societies hold grudges for centuries and dynasties. We shake everything off and move on. What's up with that?

Barkinlounger
Barkinlounger

Nice rant Briticanicus, but, I'm afraid for naught. If the TP ran the country tomorrow, it wouldn't change the fact that Anglos will become a minority by 2016.

Brittanicus
Brittanicus

If we all agree that the horrendous financial costs of illegal immigration have exploded out of control, then the only true answer is to vote for as many representatives of TEA PARTY. Under a House of Representatives or Senate run completely by either the Republican or Democratic parties, nothing will ever change? It never has and never will? By bringing in Tea Party leadership, who are representatives of “The People of the United States”; not the special interests, unions, Wall Street, churches or majority radical organizations as ACLU, La Raza, we have alternate future for our families.

I am not voting for Barack Obama, a disguised Socialist or directly for Mitt Romney as part of the elite? However, with no possible alternative I am voting for Romney, but concentrating that the more TEA PARTY candidates gain access by intelligent people voting them into the Congress. Not that the liberal-Socialist-Marxist editorial in the press, will inform you that the Tea is not just white people, but a whole conglomeration of people. Everybody now should know the financial penalty of illegal immigration? Just remember that any amnesty. The Presidents executive orders enact is just another giant magnet to draw even more illegal immigrants and migrants. They are very much aware by what they believe is the “promise land”, that the American taxpayer has absolutely no choice in paying for their entire needs, because the federal courts demand it. Whether its Obama’s Dream Act, Sanctuary Cities, Chain Migration or just plain old illegal immigrants dodging agents at the border or those arriving in America, as an intentional overstays; supposed visitor by plane or ferry.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano states it would be too costly to deport the underestimated 11 million illegal immigrant invaders? Nevertheless her agency stays tight-lipped about the rising 100 billion dollar plus figure, which is a forcibly extracted in taxes annually. There are very few issues that are not unrelated with these people who should never be here. However, it all goes back to the inattention of Democrats and Republicans who abused their oath of office, after the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform law with the original STATED PROMISE by the late Ted Kennedy “NO MORE AMNESTIES”. The bill found passage because of this PROMISE to the American people that no more amnesties? Let’s face it; has there ever been a PROMISE that hasn’t been broken by those in Washington? That’s why with the voting in more TEA PARTY Politicians, “The People’s Legislators have a much better chance at a filibuster to stop a vote on bad policy as that infernal mass amnesty.

In the 1986 immigration law the Democrats refused to appropriate the money, so nothing was done? Now we have over 20 million + aliens settled here as unfettered illegally immigration demanding the same rights as citizens. The passage of the Dream Act was the consequences of decades of unrestrained females arriving from all over the world, to have their babies on the U.S. taxpayer’s dime. Then hundreds of billions of dollars from then on to pay for free health care, free education and free everything and now under Obama food stamps for all. But why even bother with any tough laws, when there is no real punishment? I am absolutely sure there was no intention from either party to stop cheap labor for Republicans, or illegal voting collections as the ACORN backed Democrats.

If Obama wins a second term there is sure to be a comprehensive amnesty, with American taxpayers the losers, having even a larger hunk taken from the payroll check. And to be honest I am not even confident of the Republicans agenda, as that tends to flip-flop? But what I am sure about is the plan of the TEA PARTY if they can eject many Democrats and Republican incumbents and replace them? It’s already happening and by replacing incumbents in the Republican Party can politically persist that the “LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT (E-VERIFY) and the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW” finds passage and enacted to restrain more illegal alien invaders. They bring their unborn babies here, to live as parasites of the U.S. taxpayer.

Not one to be a conspiracy theorist, but something seems to be irregular with Obama’s zealots concealing his birth background, military service papers and even his university history. If you are open to reserving your judgment, go to the TEA PARTY.ORG and you can make a decision on this set of events. If you have a closed mind and vote for President Obama, you better be ready in forty five days to place upon all taxpayers the largest tax hike in years. Of course this will pay for all the usual issues as defense of this country, but other tax funds will be going to pay for a new Obama amnesty, free hospitalization to deliver illegal alien babies, their schooling, low income housing, school breakfast and lunch, welfare payments for the child that goes towards the parents illegal employment cash and many things that are denied lawful citizens and green card holders, plus we shouldn’t forget the “Freeloaders.” Not the sick infirm, but those who are cheating the system, allowing others to pay for the cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. Learn more about the corruption and rot in Washington at The People’s legal team at Judicial Watch.org.

Our country is going to the dogs with Marxist “Political Correctness” Cops cannot do their duty, without being threatened by the subversives of a Justice Department run by Eric Holder and his czars. The Obama administration has trodden the U.S. Constitution into the slime of their agenda for an outlaw government.

As a late note that ICE is refusing to arrest illegal aliens in Arizona, we better hope Mitt Romney wins the Presidency? Then immediately propose Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio as head of DHS and then these travesties of our immigration laws will stop. Period!

Roger
Roger

Great essay - just say "NO" to illegals.

Two Arrows
Two Arrows

this is for zootown: God didn't create drugs, that was Satan perverting the good things God made.

Two Arrows
Two Arrows

I don't know when this was voted on, but I believe it should be voted out all together. It's a fact that handguns are safer that drugs.

kevin11
kevin11

" It's a fact that handguns are safer that drugs."

You have to be joking. Guns killed 30,000 Americans last year, marijuana killed zero.

LilyVonShtupp
LilyVonShtupp

As far as I can tell, LR-121 doesn't do anything except waste our time and money. An illegal alien is already exempt from all the things the referendum lists. The only possibility is the Crime Victim's Compensation program, which requires a person to report the crime within 72 hours and "cooperate fully with police". Anyone in the US illegally isn't going to contact the police because they'd be deported.

independent voter
independent voter

The more restrictive law requires card holders to obtain 2 physicians' approval and obtain an MRI to show they have pain. First, there is absolutely no test, including MRI, that is capable of identifying chronic pain. Second, this is an absurd increase in medical costs at a time we cannot afford it. Plus, we have a shortage of primary care physicians. This is not a smart use of their time.

msladon
msladon

Third, there's a bunch of cruelty attached to this. Last week the supreme court ruled no one can provide for anyone and receive compensation for it. A provider can't provide for more than three cardholders and that must be done for free. In the words of a state senator from Bozeman:

“This was meant to be a de facto repeal, and it worked.”

--Sen. Larry Jent, Sept 12, 2012, talking about SB 423

Because of our kind senators actions over 3000 people who now have "legitimate" cards are without providers.
How many chemotherapy patients are among those numbers?
The fact is, our elected officials do not care.
Its time to wake up America; land of the free? It seems a large proportion of those 3000 are now going to be "free" to get their chosen medication on the black market or do completely without.
As for Mr. Jent and those like him,,,,, I hope someone never does something this cruel to one of your family members. You should be ashamed of yourself, you have proven you don't care if you harm others.
People, please vote "NO" on I-124 it is a cruel and unjust repeal of the wishes of Montana voters.

BobbyB
BobbyB

So Warren Buffet's baby, Lee Enterprises which owns 54 newspapers in 23 states, hires Mason Dixon Polling and (sham) Research to conduct a poll of 625 Montanans, and from this inerrant infallible premise we’re able to draw all the conclusions that we see here?

Sheesh! No wonder people question our street cred here in Missoula.

zootown
zootown

Does this mean we can overrule God who created Marijuana?

zootown
zootown

Please tell me what an "illegal alien" is? Are they from Mars or the Moon? Do they come in spaceships? Big heads and big eyes?

Abonides
Abonides

So if a person from Canada gets in a car wreck we are going to walk past and refuse them assistance, refuse them hospital services? Sounds like some people need to read the Bible a little more. What truly saddens me is the divisiveness people are adopting, it is tearing our country apart. With the hatred aim at progressives, liberals and conservatives, we are ruining our nation. United we stand, divided we fall. If you are a hateful troll, you should be ashamed. There's no difference between extremists, no matter what country you call home.

MT_Mama
MT_Mama

Hospital services are very rarely "state services." The state mental hospital at Warm Springs is one though.

I agree that divisiveness and extremism are tearing us apart and is horrible for the country.

msladon
msladon

I could not agree with your sentiment anymore and I am an atheist. The most prominent thing I see in most internet posts is plain hate for fellow Americans who chooses to voice a contrary opinion. I am growing very ashamed of what the discourse in this country is coming to.

Roger
Roger

Not if the Canadians are here legally - as they most likely would be. Hospitals, I believe, are required by law to treat people who require emergency medical care. But illegals should not receive public assistance like food stamps, etc. The USA should not be a welfare state or retirement home for illegal immigrants.

justthinking
justthinking

Can someone define or provide a list of "state services" for me?

LilyVonShtupp
LilyVonShtupp

go to mt.gov and you'll find what services the state provides...the purpose of this bill is to keep "illegal aliens" from accessing medicaid, snap, or public education. the amount of money it would take to enforce this probably exceeds whatever small amount is getting to "illegal aliens" in Montana.

LilyVonShtupp
LilyVonShtupp

91% of republicans support a law that has already been found by the Supreme Court to be unconstitutional. If the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and 91% of conservatives want to ignore it, what does that mean for the rest of our laws?

walter12
walter12

Progressive is a word that the leftists made up because they wanted to attempt to fool the public and not call themselves liberals anymore. A sixteen year old girl in high school today has to have written permission to take an aspirin in school, but no need for permission to have an abortion, that is insane. And this is what the leftists want?

msladon
msladon

A minor has to have permission to be administered drugs by someone who isn't a physician. This rule was put in place to protect the teachers and school administration, and place the liability on the parent. Your argument is baseless; its comparing apples to oranges.
I've heard the republican party is full of angry white men; from your posts I find this very easy to believe.
You refer to many of your neighbors as "leftists" like its a swear word. I'm one of those liberals you hate so much, but, you know what? If i saw you stranded in the mountains, I'd help you anyway. Even if I knew who you were. I hope it makes you feel good to put a label on me. I'm proud of being liberal, I've looked up the definition and it suits me. Smile once in awhile walter, your posts reek of hate.

GaryTinkSanders
GaryTinkSanders

Very interesting how the progressives are out of touch with their own party, but even more shocking how they continue to get elected and reelected.

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