Lee Newspapers of Montana's Charles Johnson has covered that state's citizen-initiated cannabis law since it passed in 2004. Here is the latest gospel according to Johnson as he reports the progress of J. Christ's lawsuit against a 2011 law passed by that state's legislature:
Christ, who owns the Montana Caregivers Network, sued the state last week in state District Court in Missoula. Acting as his own attorney, Christ asked District Judge Ed McLean to strike the law as unconstitutional on several grounds and prevent the state from enforcing it. Earlier this year, the Montana Cannabis Industry Association and others challenged the same law in District Court in Helena. In June, District Judge Jim Reynolds temporarily blocked some provisions of the new law from taking effect. Christ was not part of that lawsuit. Christ has been the perhaps most controversial figure statewide in the lengthy medical marijuana controversy — whether it was for his traveling clinics or his lighting up a two-foot water pipe to smoke his medical pot on the Capitol lawn.Calling methadone 'junk' Or Ritalin® 'speed' in a newspaper report about medicine would be reprehensible, Chuck.
In the lawsuit filed Dec. 6, Christ said the law violates his constitutional rights to equal protection, due process, dignity and his right to pursue life’s basic necessities, including personal health and to freedom of speech. Restricting access to medical marijuana for those under the Corrections Department’s supervision “is unconstitutional because it intrudes into the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and results in a profound chilling effect upon the ability of those in medical need to seek professional care when it comes to access to medical marijuana,” Christ said.The often-civil disobedient Christ has been barred from the University of Montana law library further chilling his ability to act as his own attorney.
Jesus F. Christ.