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WIRE: Medical cannabis initiative qualifies for Montana ballot

Helena, MT — Montana voters will decide this November on a statewide initiative to restore and expand elements of the state’s medical cannabis program.

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The Secretary of State’s office has affirmed that initiative proponents, Montana Citizens for I-182, submitted sufficient signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The Montana Medical Marijuana Act (I-182) amends the state’s existing law to expand the pool of patients eligible to access cannabis therapy and removes certain restrictions on recommending physicians and providers. The measure also establishes a regulatory scheme overseeing the testing and distribution of medical cannabis products.

Montana voters initially approved a ballot initiative in 2004 authorizing qualified patients to possess and grow medical marijuana.

In 2011, lawmakers passed legislation significantly revising the law. This spring, members of the Montana Supreme Court upheld several of those amendments, including provisions that called for additional oversight for physicians who recommend cannabis therapy to more than 25 patients annually, and permitting law enforcement to engage in warrantless inspections of the premises of marijuana providers.

For more information, please visit: http://www.yeson182.org. Summaries and status of pending 2016 statewide initiatives is available online at: http://norml.org/act/item/2016-ballot-initiatives.

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