BILLINGS - Montana Republican Party delegates on Saturday will consider adopting official party positions on two of the most controversial issues facing the state: federal health care reform and Montana's medical marijuana law.
And in each case, the stance being considered isn't supportive of either subject.
On health care reform, delegates will be asked to put the party on record favoring repeal of the health reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in March.
And on medical marijuana, they'll be asked to have the party support allowing Montana voters to take another statewide vote on whether to authorize the program.
Sen. Roy Brown, R-Billings, a sponsor of the language on medical marijuana, said Friday that Montana voters who approved a 2004 initiative enacting the program never envisioned what it's now become, with "drive-through doctors" approving medical marijuana cards for patients and businesses with visible storefronts openly selling marijuana.
"It's just a mess, and I don't think we can fix it legislatively," he said. "We think the people of Montana should have the opportunity to rethink it through a vote. When our kids are walking past medical marijuana stores on the way to school, and when their peers in junior high have (medical marijuana) cards, it just sends the absolutely wrong message."
The party's full Platform Convention, meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, will vote Saturday whether to adopt the language on both items.