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 of business.
While the high court’s decision wasn’t a surprise, a spokeswoman for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) said in a statement the organization is “disappointed,” but is now hoping that it will win a motion for a stay on the state Supreme Court’s ruling that dispensaries must be shuttered by Aug. 31.
If it wins a stay, that could allow dispensaries to remain open through the election, instead of closing temporarily and then reopening if MTCIA wins at the ballot box.
The MTCIA filed the request for a stay on the state Supreme Court’s ruling in Lewis and Clark County District Court on June 15, and spokeswoman Kate Cholewa said it’s “probable” that the district judge will rule on the matter before the end of August, given the timeliness of the issue.