Montana medical marijuana initiative surpasses 30000 signatures

In 2004, a majority of Montana voters approved Initiative 148, creating a medical marijuana program. 

But in 2011 the Montana Legislature repealed the initiative after the rampant expansion see throughout the state.

Initiative 182 aims to create an accountable medical marijuana program and in turn, assist the 12,000 Montana patients who will lose access August 31 following the spring Montana Supreme Court ruling to uphold the 2011 repeal.

Organizers claim to have secured 30,000 signatures, more than the required amount to get it on the November ballot.

"We want to take that law they passed in 2011, and the intention behind that law was to create a program that didn't work," said Kate Cholewa, spokesperson for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. "We've been able to just function due the court case that has enjoined several provisions of the law passed in 2011."

The initiative retools the requirements and rules to the medical...

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