Montana's medical marijuana system changes leave patients looking for options

New data shows changes to Montana’s medical marijuana systhem left about 9,000 patients without providers.

The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services recently released its September report on the marijuana registry.

It’s the first report after a new rule took effect August 31st, limiting each provider to serving just three patients.

The numbers show just 880 medical marijuana patients in the state were retained by their providers while te total number of patients has fallen to 12,730, making it the lowest in nearly a year. Some 55 providers stopped serving patients altogether.


Montana dispensaries close under strict new rules

Medical marijuana dispensaries across Montana have closed their doors as new restrictions took effect Wednesday that limit pot providers to three patients apiece, leaving thousands of pot users registered with the state without a legal way to buy the drug.

The restrictions begin after five years of unsuccessful court battles to overturn the 2011 state law that rolled back much of a voter-approved law that brought medical marijuana to Montana in 2004. It is one of the most significant rollbacks by the 25 states and Washington, D.C., that allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.


Marijuana on the ballot, 9 states to vote on cannabis in November

There will be more than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the ballot this November, voters heading to the polls in nine states will also be deciding on Marijuana.

Collectively, these marijuana measures mean more voters will be weighing in on cannabis issues than any other year in American history.

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and his family opened Takoma Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in the District of Columbia three years ago.


Montana’s Got New Major Restrictions for Medical Cannabis

Starting on August 31, everything changes for medical cannabis caregivers in Montana. A Helena, Montana judge recently rejected an advocacy group’s request to delay enforcement of restrictions on Montana’s medical cannabis industry. After August 31, medical cannabis providers will be barred from selling cannabis to more than three patients. The state Supreme Court earlier this year upheld that provision of a 2011 state law passed after the Montana Cannabis Industry Association sued to block it.


Montana: Judge denies request to delay medical marijuana restrictions

A Helena judge has rejected an advocacy group's request to delay enforcement of restrictions on Montana's medical marijuana industry.

District Judge James Reynolds on Wednesday denied the Montana Cannabis Industry Association's request to stay a state Supreme Court order implementing the restrictions on Aug. 31.

The group on its website urges medical marijuana supporters to now focus on passing a ballot initiative that would roll back the restrictions.

After Aug. 31, medical marijuana providers will be barred from selling the drug to more than three patients. The state Supreme Court earlier this year upheld that provision of a 2011 state law passed after the Montana Cannabis Industry Association sued to block it.


American Teenagers 'Are MORE Likely to Smoke Marijuana Than Binge Drink', New Maps Reveal

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American teenagers are more likely to smoke marijuana than binge drink, a new report reveals.

Meanwhile in Europe, marijuana consumption is minimal while drinking levels are far higher than in the United States.

The data, published in a recent report by addiction-awareness firm Project Know, will reignite the national debate on marijuana legalization as the election approaches.


Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

With interest in topics like “marijuana” and “cannabis” hitting all-time high levels according to Google Trends, nine states in the U.S. will vote on marijuana measures in the world’s most important general election Nov. 8, according to the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.

Voters in California, Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Arkansas will definitely be casting a ballot to affect cannabis policy in their state. Voters in Missouri, Montana, and North Dakota have submitted signatures to place marijuana proposals on the ballot, while Oklahoma has cleared to circulate a last-minute measure.


Montana: Medical marijuana measure officially on ballot


A measure that seeks to expand the availability of Montana medical marijuana has qualified for the November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office certified Wednesday that supporters of Initiative 182 had gathered 26,668 verified signatures.

I-182 seeks to reverse legislative and legal action that gutted a 2004 voter-approved law that legalized the substance.

If approved, the measure would lift a three-patient limit for caregivers that is scheduled to go into effect next month, establish licensing fees to pay for administering the program and include post-traumatic stress disorders among the conditions for which medicinal marijuana can be used.


Montana Reduces Medical Marijuana Card Fee From $75 to $5

The state health department has reduced the fee it charges to obtain or renew a medical marijuana card from $75 a year to $5.

Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Jon Ebelt says the old fee brought in more money than was needed to operate the registry. The Billings Gazette reports the lower fee went into effect on Saturday.

Montana had about 13,000 medical marijuana cardholders in June, down from a high of about 30,000 in 2011.

Beginning on Aug. 31, Montana medical marijuana caregivers will be limited to three patients.


Justices reject appeal over medical marijuana in Montana

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging a Montana law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients each.

The justices on Monday let stand a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld key provisions of a state law that rolled back much of the 2004 voter-approved initiative legalizing medicinal marijuana.
The Montana Cannabis Industry Association said the rollbacks would force the closure of dispensaries and leave patients without a legal way to obtain the drug.

The new restrictions are set to take effect Aug. 31.


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