Jun 13, 2010 12:55 PM by KTVQ News (Billings)

Petition to repeal medical marijuana ready for signatures

A group trying to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law received the approved petition on Friday afternoon, and can now collect signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot.

The "Safe Community Safe Kids" proposal needs to collect more than 24,337 signatures by 5:00 p.m. next Friday.

Attorney and State Senator Jim Shockley, a Republican from Victor, helped rewrite the statement, which calls for for repealing the Medical Marijuana initiative passed by Montana voters in 2004.

Shockley said, "It's perfectly clear. You are either for the current medical marijuana act or you're against it, and that's the choice the voter gets."

Shockley opposed the initiative in 2004 because it is clearly against federal law. "What the initiative should've said is medical marijuana will be authorized, it will not be contrary to the law," Shockley said. "And the legislature would flush it out."

Shockley says he has already written a bill to repeal the law, if the initiative does not get on the ballot or fails. He says if the law gets repealed, he expects the legislature to re-look at the medical marijuana law, to prevent what he calls abuses.

Click here to read the full text of the ballot proposal.