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Montana Group Wants Initiative to Make Medical Marijuana Illegal

Safe Montana founder Steve Zabawa announced his support of a court ruling that curtailed the state medical marijuana program while reinforcing his own campaign to repeal it altogether.

At a public appearance on Tuesday, Zabawa praised the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a 2011 bill that pulls back on the marijuana program. Among the new regulations, he said that the limit of three patients per provider will help to reduce recreational use under the program.

There are currently more than 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients. With the current number of registered providers, a limit of three would serve about 1,400 patients.

“We estimate with Safe Montana, that’s about all the stage 3 and stage 4 cancer patients that are out there, (and those) that have epilepsy or any of the type of things medical marijuana might be working on,” he said.”So we believe that there’s enough medicine out there to take care of the people.”

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services has said that it is concerned about patients losing access to “effective treatment.”

Safe Montana’s ballot initiative, I-176, would repeal the medical marijuana program and align the drug with illegal status under federal law. [Read more at the Billings Gazette]

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