Montana Judge Blocks Restrictive Medical Marijuana Provisions

by Phillip Smith

A state judge has blocked some of the most onerous provisions of a new law designed to rein in Montana’s medical marijuana industry from taking effect. But other provisions of the law, which will make life more difficult for patients and providers, are now in effect. 

An effort to kill Montana’s medical marijuana law by “reforming” it has been partially blocked in court. (Image:Wikimedia.org)

District Court Judge James Reynolds issued a preliminary injunction late Thursday to block those portions of the law from going into effect hours later. But the rest of the repressive “reform” is in effect as of today.

Reynolds ruled that lawmakers went too far in trying to clamp down. He blocked a provision of the new law that outlawed anyone making money in the business, including growers being compensated for their efforts. He blocked the law’s ban on advertising and promotion of medical marijuana. And he threw out the new law’s provision limiting providers to growing for no more than three patients.

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