Judge reinstates medical cannabis license pulled by Montana health department

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A Montana district judge ruled that the state improperly revoked a Billings medical marijuana provider’s license by not giving the dispensary owner time to correct violations.

Yellowstone County District Judge Don Harris reinstated Montana Organic Medical Supply owner Steven Palmer’s license this week, according to the Billings Gazette.

Palmer had been a licensed provider in Billings since 2011 until the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) took away his license in August because of multiple violations found during a June inspection.

Infractions reportedly included:

  • Failure to conduct lab tests before selling cannabis products.
  • Improperly labeled merchandise.
  • The purchase of products from another provider.

The inspection was done under stricter MMJ regulations launched earlier this year.

Palmer sued DPHHS, alleging that its notice of the violations stipulated that he had until September to address the issues. He recently had won a temporary reprieve in Harris’ courtroom.

The health department’s lawyer, Andrew Huff, argued that the violations posed an immediate risk to the public’s health safety, but the judge rejected that argument.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily