Montana: McLaughlin Research Institute Pitches Medical Marijuana Research Idea

The board chairman of the McLaughlin Research Institute floated an idea by lawmakers wrestling with medical marijuana legislation this session to have the facility be part of a program to test cannabis products.

In a March 15 email to some Great Falls legislators, Randy Gray said MRI could contract with the state Department of Public Health and Human Services to test the products and research cannabis addictive properties and ways to control them.

“The result would be efficient for Montana, effective for users of medical marijuana and helpful to stabilize and expand MRI’s science staff,” Gray states in his email that includes Democratic Rep. Tom Jacobson and GOP Sens. Brian Hoven and Ed Buttrey.

Gray notes a proposed 6 percent tax for medical marijuana for Jacobson’s House Bill 529 could be upped to 7 with the $3 million generated split between testing cannabis products and biomedical. That bill has been...

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