Montana Judge Will Block Parts of New Marijuana Law

Montana Judge Will Block Parts of New Marijuana Law

JUST IN: Judge Reynolds BLOCKS 4 of the most unsavory provisions of the new law. Rules limiting number of patients are out! This is a victory for the medical marijuana industry even if the whole law did not get thrown out.

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The new Montana medical marijuana “regulations” are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, July 1st. The staunchly anti-marijuana legislature passed a number of draconian measures expressly designed to do as much as possible to repeal the will of the people, who voted for medical marijuana in 2004. Helena Judge Jim Reynolds, who said he was “struggling” with the bill and was leaning towards temporarily blocking some of its provisions, promised to issue a ruling before the law goes into effect. Today is the last day for that.

On Wednesday, Montana’s Attorney General and Secretary of State approved a proposal by activists and industry members to hold a 2012 referendum to block SB-423. Now supporters have until September 30th to gather enough signatures to put the petition on the ballot.

“We are moving forward on all fronts,” said Kate Cholewa of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. “Of course it could be the courts that just throw this law out completely. But we are also taking it to the people and one of the reasons why is because the people deserve to vote on it again.”

By: Marijuana News


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