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House committee hears four bills to fix medical marijuana laws in Montana

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February 14, 2013

Montana

By Tyler King

HELENA, Montana: The House Human Services Committee heard testimony on four bills that would fix four provisions in the 2011 law that a Helena district judge preliminarily blocked from being forced until a trial is held. Attorney General Tim Fox has not made a decision on whether to appeal the decision to the Montana Supreme Court.[1]

The series of bills, put forward by Representative Kelly McCarthy, would change the following to the current law:[1]

  • House Bill 340 eliminates the requirement that Board of Medical Examiners automatically review any physicians who have given written certification for more than 25 people, in any 12-month period, to use medical marijuana.
  • HB341 allows medical marijuana providers to be paid for providing pot to cardholders. The 2011 law didn’t allow them to be compensated.
  • HB342 removes the three-person limit for the number of cardholders that medical marijuana providers can serve.
  • HB343 eliminates medical marijuana recordkeeping and provisions for automatic inspections of providers.

McCarthy said the original 2011 medical marijuana bill was well-meaning but put together in haste. He said, "We have an opportunity to put the matter at rest for all concerned at the Legislature." Voters have weighed in on the medical marijuana issue twice, once in 2004 to pass the initiative and in 2012 to leave the 2011 law in place.[1]

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