Thank you for your recent article on the woman denied Section 8 housing because she is a medical cannabis patient (Sept. 9). The city of Billings thinks that this woman should have to go outside the city limits to obtain her medicine. They steadfastly hold to believing the mythology and outright lies spread by "Safe" Montana and are pushing to eliminate dispensaries in the city limits. They are using your tax money to fight a lawsuit to keep safe access in Billings.
This is the face of medical cannabis. She has been denied assisted housing because she has a state issued card allowing her to possess and use cannabis. But, under federal law, cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug and illegal. Over 30 states have some kind of program including Montana. But the federal government refuses to acknowledge the value of cannabis in treating many illnesses and conditions including PTSD and chronic pain. While we face a crisis, an epidemic if you will, of opiate addition and overdose deaths our government "representatives" refuse to face the facts.
Cannabis is medicine. Medicine that has helped many people end their use of opiates. Medicine that has changed the lives of thousands of patients in Montana alone. Medicine that has saved lives. States with a working program have experienced a reduction of over 25 percent in opiate related deaths. It is way past time to allow patients safe and legal access to their medicine.