HELENA — House Speaker Mike Milburn is making his case that Montana's medical marijuana law needs to be repealed.

The House Human Services Committee is holding a hearing on the Cascade Republican's House Bill 161.

The measure would strike from Montana law the 2004 voter initiative that legalized the use of marijuana by very ill patients for medicinal purposes.

Opponents of the medical marijuana law say it is fraught with problems that became apparent during the recent boom in registered patients.

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Last month, the committee heard a proposal sponsored by Rep. Diane Sands to create a regulatory structure for medical marijuana.

Also Wednesday, the House approved a measure making it clear that the state's indoor smoking ban also applies to medical marijuana.

That measure will now be going to the Senate.

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