Pubdate: Tue, 17 May 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Chris Nixon WHY PUT AWAY THE 'VETO' BRANDING IRON? Dear Gov. Schweitzer, I have agreed with your position on many issues. I loved your standing for reason with your VETO branding iron. Why have you put that branding iron away? I am not a user of medical marijuana. But I was proud of Montanans when they voted to approve this natural pain reliever while giving a nod to the free enterprise system and allow a new industry to bud in our state. It provided safe pain relief to many citizens and put hundreds of Montanans to work. There have been abuses within this industry. But we have not been in the habit of shutting down other industries when abuses are recognized. The sane approach is to address and correct abuses. The bill passed by this Legislature, killing a valuable growing new industry in a state in need of employment, is not sane. Heat up that branding iron. Give a more rational future Legislature the chance to do what is right. And how incongruous seems this decision while allowing a big energy-backed eminent domain measure to become law. Why is big energy given the upper-hand over landowners who have valued and protected their farms and ranches? I don't believe that thousands of Montana jobs will be lost and that the Montana Alberta Tie Line will be scuttled if this measure is not allowed to become law. When has a big business-backed power project ever been killed by a few people living off their land? Big Power ultimately always gets its flow. And pinning the need of transmission lines on the new wind energy industry is not forthright. Those lines are really more to serve the international coal industry, not to create jobs for Montanans. You need to stick that iron back in the coals, buddy, and veto those bills. Chris Nixon Bozeman - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.