Medical-marijuana initiative appears headed for November ballot


Supporters of medical marijuana in Montana said Thursday they have enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would undo new restrictions taking effect this year.

Initiative 182 would remove a new limit that says medical-marijuana providers can have only three patients.

The industry has said the new limit will essentially put providers out of business, because they can’t survive with only three patients.

Morgan Marks, field director for I-182, told MTN News that its supporters will submit more than 40,000 signatures to county election officials by a Friday deadline.

She said she’s confident they have enough valid signatures to place I-182 before Montana voters in November. The minimum amount of signatures needed is 24,175.

“It is clear from the level of support throughout the state, Montanans want an accountable and responsible medical marijuana law,” Marks said. “Now, we are going back to voters so Montanans battling cancer and with other debilitating conditions may continue to receive the medicine they need.”

I-182 is one of three marijuana initiatives attempting to qualify for the November ballot in Montana.

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