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Senate Bill 423

Gazette opinion: Voter-lawmakers ought to do their homework

Gazette opinion: Voter-lawmakers ought to do their homework

On Nov. 6, all Montana voters will be lawmakers. It’s a responsibility that comes with some homework.

October 12, 2012 12:10 am Related Loading…
Medical marijuana numbers drop as uncertainty surrounds industry

Medical marijuana numbers drop as uncertainty surrounds industry

HELENA -- The number of medical marijuana cardholders in Montana continues to plummet while the number of legal marijuana providers is a fraction of its peak, as the industry faces an uncertain future here.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…

Group gets OK to gather signatures for ballot measure protecting voter-passed initiatives

HELENA — State officials have given the go-ahead for backers to begin gathering signatures for a proposed 2012 ballot measure that's intended to protect voter-passed initiatives from later changes or repeal by the Legislature.

October 18, 2011 8:38 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana groups issue plea for money

Medical marijuana groups issue plea for money

HELENA — A medical marijuana advocacy group has made an urgent plea for money to pay its legal bills for challenging a new law and to help a separate committee cover its consulting fees for its signature-gathering referendum campaign.

August 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

County bans medical marijuana storefronts

Medical marijuana providers in Yellowstone County can no longer have storefronts and face location restrictions under a resolution adopted Tuesday.

August 16, 2011 5:47 pmLoading…

Providers challenge council ban on marijuana storefronts

Medical marijuana providers have filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings, seeking to overturn a July 1 emergency ordinance banning storefront operations.

July 18, 2011 10:00 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana situation in state remains murky

Medical marijuana situation in state remains murky

HELENA — The status of medical marijuana in Montana remains somewhat unsettled, despite a Helena district judge's decision last month to temporarily block some more onerous restrictions of the 2011 state law.

July 18, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Ban on medical pot storefronts won't be enforced immediately

The day after the Billings City Council adopted an emergency ordinance banning storefront sales of medical marijuana, city officials decided not to move too quickly to enforce the ban.

July 06, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…

City Council bans storefront sales of medical marijuana

The Billings City Council adopted an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that bans the storefront sale of medical marijuana, effective on Wednesday.

July 05, 2011 7:17 pmLoading…

Emergency medical marijuana ordinance on agenda again

The Billings City Council will have a special meeting Tuesday night to consider, for the third time, adoption of an emergency ordinance banning medical marijuana storefronts.

July 05, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

State says it hasn't issued medical marijuana cards since May 13

HELENA -- The state health department is still receiving applications, but has issued no new medical marijuana cards since May 13, the day before a tough new law took effect, officials said Tuesday.

May 24, 2011 10:00 pmLoading…
Cannabis group, others sue over new medical marijuana law

Cannabis group, others sue over new medical marijuana law

HELENA — A state district judge in Helena on Friday temporarily ordered the state to not enforce a recently passed ban on all advertising of medical marijuana products, in response to a lawsuit attempting to strike down the entire new law that places  restrictions on medical marijuana in Montana.

May 13, 2011 5:48 pm Related Loading…

Lawyer asks state to not enforce medical marijuana advertising ban yet

HELENA — The attorney for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association asked the attorney general's office Wednesday to stipulate that the state will not immediately enforce the ban on medical marijuana advertising in a bill expected to become law later this week.

May 11, 2011 6:06 pmLoading…

Fewer signatures required to suspend medical marijuana law

HELENA — Medical marijuana advocates preparing to mount a signature-gathering effort to suspend a soon-to-enacted law restricting the industry won’t need to collect as many names as they initially believed.

May 10, 2011 6:07 pmLoading…

Medical pot group raises $50k to hire top attorney

HELENA — The new Montana Cannabis Industry Association said Monday that it raised $50,000 in five days to hire prominent attorney James Goetz of Bozeman to challenge the recently passed medical marijuana law if Gov. Brian Schweitzer lets it become law on Friday.

May 09, 2011 5:24 pmLoading…

New group raising money for lawyer to challenge medical marijuana bill

HELENA -- The new Montana Cannabis Industry Association is raising money to hire a top Montana lawyer, James Goetz of Bozeman, to file a lawsuit challenging the medical marijuana bill soon to become law without Gov. Brian Schweitzer's signature.

May 05, 2011 7:00 pmLoading…

Foes of medical marijuana bill look to Schweitzer, courts, referendum to stop law

HELENA -- Medical marijuana advocates are launching a three-pronged strategy -- veto, sue and suspend -- to stop the recently passed bill that would impose far greater restrictions on the industry and make it harder for people to qualify for medical pot use.

May 03, 2011 6:43 pmLoading…

Legislature passes medical marijuana overhaul bill

HELENA — The Senate and House, by overwhelming margins Thursday night, voted to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana law and added some of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s suggested changes, but balked at his major proposals.

April 28, 2011 9:12 pmLoading…
Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings

Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings

Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, on Tuesday discusses his bill, Senate Bill 423, which would place heavy restrictions on medical marijuana in Montana.

April 26, 2011 7:46 pmLoading…
Senate, House pass Montana medical marijuana bill

Senate, House pass Montana medical marijuana bill

HELENA — The Senate and House are one vote away from passing a bill that would repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law, make it much harder for people to legally use pot and squeeze all profits out of what has been a booming industry in the state.

April 26, 2011 11:15 amLoading…

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