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 was intended to shut down dispensaries statewide.

The justices initially had ruled against the industry in February. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) asked the court in March to delay the decision’s implementation. That allowed dispensaries to keep operating as usual.

The justices, for their part, opted to give dispensaries a little more than three months to live.

“We are cognizant … that immediate implementation of the Court’s Opinion will cause serious disruption in a program that is regulated by the State and has been operating for a considerable period of time,” the justices wrote in ordering the August 31 deadline.

The MTCIA had requested the ruling be delayed until next April. In a statement, a spokeswoman said it “has become critical” that the organization succeed in getting a ballot measure before voters in November to legalize dispensaries.


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2 comments on “Montana Medical Marijuana Industry to End in August
  1. Roger Christie on


    Hi there Montana,

    Aloha. It seems to me that someone(s) needs to start a sincere Cannabis sacrament church or ministry asap to provide for the medical and spiritual needs of the people there. Then immediately sue the State of Montana for Declaratory Relief.

    Get-off the medical marijuana bandwagon and into a Constitutionally protected church. Jesus had a healing ministry. The anti-slavery and civil rights movements came out of churches. Start from scratch and do it right. I have 10 years of experience with a Cannabis sacrament ministry in Hawai’i and I invite you to contact me.

    All the best to you and yours,

    Roger Christie

  2. Frank Wolf on

    The Montana Supreme Court, like so many other conservative bodies across this great nation, has put it’s personal dislike for cannabis in front of improved economic benefit for the state as a whole. Montana voters will put their Court straight this November. “You can fool all the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.” P.T. Barnum


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