Medical Marijuana

Jul 1, 2011 8:34 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Providers, officials react to medical marijuana ruling

Medical marijuana providers and state officials are still trying to sort out the details of how the new law with temporary changes will work.

Although the law allows patients to still receive their medical cannabis by sale, they are trying to make sure that process is legal.

On Friday, many of the previous caregivers were filing applications to become providers for the patients they currently serve.

Since the judge's ruling allows for more than three patients, the prospective providers were busy trying to keep their clients.

Kate Cholewa of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association said, "We have advised all caregivers to certainly get all their patients to do the paperwork to name them as a provider, as opposed to caregiver, since caregivers no longer exist."

Jon Ebelt of the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services said, "We have posted the provider application on our website, we did have some people come in this morning to fill out the application."

Because Senate Bill 423 allowed a severability clause, Judge James Reynolds was able to apply the injunction to portions of the bill.

In it, he struck down the parts he considered to be unconstitutional.

The temporary injunction will hold until another court date is set to hear the case in it's entirety.

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