Montana Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Montana MMJ dispensaries may stay closed until next June

Organizers of a ballot initiative to reverse a Montana law that will shutter the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries may have accidentally set their effort back by six months, owing to a mistake in the measure’s wording. If so, dispensaries wouldn’t be reopened until next June – assuming Montana voters approve the initiative, the Associated Press reported. That […]

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No Clemency for Montana Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A Montana judge has denied a last-ditch appeal to postpone the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries until after the November election, meaning the state’s dispensaries will either all shutter after Aug. 31 or risk the wrath of law enforcement. District Judge James Reynolds ruled that a previous decision by the state Supreme Court – which upheld a 2011 […]

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Week in Review: Banking scare, marijuana ballot roundup & water rules in California

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer An Illinois bank sparks fresh concerns about cannabis and financial institutions, the number of states with certified pro-marijuana ballot measures hits an all-time high, and California MJ growers face new water-use rules. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Montana, Massachusetts marijuana initiatives make ballot

A recreational marijuana legalization initiative in Massachusetts and a measure to fully legalize medical dispensaries in Montana both qualified for the 2016 general election ballot this week. The Massachusetts measure will appear on the ballot as Question 4, according to a statement from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The secretary of state notified […]

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Montana Medical Cannabis Card Prices Plummet to $5

The price of a medical marijuana card in Montana has plunged more than 90% in the runup to when the state’s dispensaries must shut their doors at the end of August. Montana’s health department slashed the price of the cards to $5 from $75 for new or renewing patients, broadcaster KTVQ in Billings reported.  The change took effect on […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Montana Dispensary Appeal

Montana dispensaries hoping for a last-ditch miracle from the U.S. Supreme Court were treated to a bitter disappointment Monday with the news that the justices had declined to hear their case. The Associated Press reported that the justices let stand a Montana Supreme Court ruling that in effect regulates the state’s medical cannabis industry out […]

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Three marijuana campaigns in Montana still gathering signatures

A trio of marijuana-related campaigns – two in favor of legalization and one against – are scrambling to get the requisite number of signatures in advance of a June 17 deadline for putting the issue on the November ballot. One, spearheaded by the anti-cannabis Safe Montana, would repeal the state’s medical marijuana law, which voters […]

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Feds Raid Montana Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Federal agents raided one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries, sending shockwaves through the state’s already withering MMJ industry. Drug Enforcement Administration agents were seen Wednesday carrying items from the Four Corners location of Montana Buds, a dispensary chain with eight stores in the state, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Four Corners is located west of Bozeman. […]

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Montana Dispensary Org Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

Facing the closure of all dispensaries in the state, the Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) on Thursday filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of a last-ditch attempt to negate a February ruling by the state’s highest court. MTCIA spokeswoman Kate Cholewa said in a press release that the group’s argument is […]

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Week in Review: MMJ death sentence in Montana, Denver caps & cannabis patent wars

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey Montana’s medical cannabis industry gets hit with a knockout punch, Denver approves new business caps, and concerns arise over the possibility of legal issues tied to patents for marijuana strains. Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Montana Medical Marijuana Industry to End in August

The Montana State Supreme Court has put the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries on notice: They’ll be out of business as of August 31. The decision means Montana voters ultimately could determine the future of the state’s MMJ’s dispensaries. The high court made its views known on Monday through a ruling on a 2011 law that […]

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