Candidate, Montana House of Representatives, District 8, 2010
Position on Marijuana
Flathead Beacon, Oct 13, 2010: "The 2009 legislation was half-finished in
many aspects. I support the work of an interim committee that is
recommending sound remedies to flesh out that bill. Ideas such as breaking
the financial relationship between doctors who recommend and the caregivers
who provide medical marijuana; ensuring a reasonable minimum standard of
care; and controls on quantities are common-sense responses."
Daily Interlake, May 11, 2010: "It was thinly written legislation," Schutt
said. "We need to fill in the holes. There is potential harm in this - How
do we address this with legislation? Signage, hours, locations, no minors
on site, no consumption on site - those are legitimate local regulations of
that activity. To just do a blanket ban on it doesn't give us that
regulatory leverage. Just as fire and health inspections cover construction
and restaurants, he said, “the same type of inspections should be put in
place for medical marijuana.
Flathead Beacon, May 25, 2010: "The 2009 legislation needs many upgrades.
There is no systematic monitoring of caregivers and there is no monitoring
of patients’ usage. There is not even a requirement to list the address
of growing operations. Mega-clinics must be curbed and bona-fide
doctor-patient relationships must be established. Basic controls like any
other legally recognized medicine could help make this experiment