Last updated on: 1/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“In November 2004, Montana voters by a significant margin (62 percent) passed Initiative 148, allowing certain patients with specific medical conditions to alleviate their symptoms through the limited use of marijuana under medical supervision.

The new law, effective immediately upon passage, also allows qualified patients and their caregivers to grow and/or possess a restricted number of marijuana plants.

To use or grow marijuana under the Montana law, patients and caregivers must first register with the Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.”

“Montana Medical Marijuana Program,” dphhs.mt.gov, Oct. 3, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The three branches [of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services] are Operations Services, Medicaid and Health Services and Economic Security Services…

Four overarching goals of the department:

  • All Montana children are healthy, safe and in permanent, loving homes.
  • All Montanans have the tools and support to be as self-sufficient as possible.
  • All Montanans are injury free, health and have access to quality health care.
  • All Montanans can contribute to the above through community service.”
  • “Director’s Office,” dphhs.mt.gov, Jan. 15, 2009

    Mission:

    “Our mission is to improve and protect the health, well-being, and self-reliance of all Montanans.”

    “Homepage,” dphhs.mt.gov, Jan. 21, 2009

    Other:
    Government agency