Possible Shut Downs of Many Medical Dispensaries in Montana

Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.

At the end of January in Montana there were a total of 471 medical marijuana providers for 13,640 registered patients. Now those dispensaries have to prepare for some extreme cutbacks in the numbers of patients they are allowed to each serve.

The Montana Supreme Court upheld almost all of the provisions of a 2011 state law, which states that medical cannabis providers can sell to no more than three registered patients. It also stated that doctors who prescribed the drug to 25 patients or more in a year would be automatically reviewed, and that advertising for cannabis would be banned.

The state’s medical cannabis industry expanded in 2009 after the U.S Department of Justice sent a memo suggesting that prosecuting marijuana cases wouldn’t be a priority. The number of registered users grew to 30,000 to 4,800 providers in 2011. This level of growth led to abuses and and widespread recreational use, state officials said.

My opinion: If there are people abusing the system, why don’t you hold them accountable? Not the ones following the rules! This seems like an extremely rash solution to punish the entire population. I have read the comments of those who live there and it definitely shows that there is going to be a lot of outrage and pain due to people who are not able to get the medication that helps with their pain, anxiety, PTSD, epilepsy, and many more conditions. Not to mention a possible increase in illegal activity due to people having to get the cannabis illegally once again. There will be a huge drop in tax revenue going back to people and the system.  You are supposed to be there for the people and the people are the ones getting shut down.

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