May 10, 2010

Bill and Ted's Excellent Arson Adventure

Someone in Montana doesn't like medical marijuana.

For the second time in as many days, a medical marijuana business in Billings, Mont. has been the target of an attack.

This, as the city council in Billings is set to vote tonight on whether to place a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses.

This morning, a rock was used to break the glass of Montana Therapeutics, and a beer bottle filled with gasoline was lit and thrown inside. The attacker spray-painted "NOT IN OUR TOWN" on the storefront.

Another account cites video evidence that the arsonists in at least of of the attacks were a pair of young men. The question of the hour has to be, "what motivated these young men?"

Were they strongly against medical marijuana? Or are we looking at a couple of angry young drug dealers who didn't want legal stores cutting their profits?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 10, 2010 02:51 PM

I go with reason number 2. Drug dealers trying to eliminate the competition. But, we all know that the Tea Party Movement will get blamed, because, you know, they are anti-drug biggots. Oh, and they are racist, too. And homophobic. Way homophobic, but not as homophobic as they are racist.

Posted by: TimothyJ at May 10, 2010 04:04 PM

Try to catch the South Park episode on medical marijuana. It is fairly good on giving a review of the attitudes and forces associated with the stupidity of our laws.

Posted by: David at May 10, 2010 04:17 PM

Living near the city of Billings, I would say it may be more along the lines of a pissed off pothead that is mad that it cannot buy pot without a medical Rx. This place must have refused it. Other choice is one of the isolated holy roller nuts that are roaming around Billings.

Posted by: JT at May 10, 2010 05:28 PM

Or perhaps a third explanation...

I've spent time in Billings - standing aside the cowpoke western motif is a university town, and rather liberal (based on my experience, one might say radical liberal) town. Young folks throwing Molotov cocktails? Might be a devotee of Olbermann trying to impugn those evil conservatives. When one accepts a purposefully mal-constructed caricature as a real opponent, it is easy to embark on idiotic missions.

Of all the tea parties I've attended, and the tea party advocates I've met, legalization of pot is hardly a motivational issue.

Posted by: bains at May 10, 2010 06:14 PM

Oh, come on, there's no such thing as "medical marijuana." It's nothing but a backdoor way to legalize pot. We passed that garbage law in Colorado, all you need to do is tell some doctor your back hurts, and you get a "prescription." No proble, there's tons of doctors, most of which are connected with the "pot shops", that will give you a "prescription" for $75. Cash, of course. All you have to do is claim you have "chronic pain." It's nothing but a huge scam.

Posted by: The_Pilgrim at May 10, 2010 08:54 PM

It was legal. It always should have been legal.
If one thinks the plant has no medicinal uses then you know nothing about botany. Irt also has entertainment value. The majority of what people call pot-heads are not prone to violence. I find violent behavior to be an individual inclination no matter what drug is used or if no drug is used. I find folks who look doiwn their noses at specific drugs usually have their own blind spots. There are plenty of people who use no drug at all that are fairly usesless or obnoxious or plain evil. One way or another, this little plant shall become legalized. The laws regarding its prohibition have been disregarded for decades. Why not join reality? Why not take the crime out of it? Why not destroy the basis for profit? Why not wipe out the criminals who have restricted and crippled its current market? Take the money away and the crime dies.

Posted by: OdinsAcolyte at May 11, 2010 12:47 PM

My question is: Did the firemen responding to the scene have to treat any 'smoke inhalation' with 40 cases of twinkies?

Posted by: Big Country at May 12, 2010 07:48 AM