Montana Group Shuts Down Cannabis Caravans

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A Montana advocacy group is shutting down its traveling medical marijuana clinics amid criticism that they don’t conduct thorough patient screenings.

The Montana Caregviers Network has hosted the clinics in hotels and conference centers across the state for more than a year. For a $150 fee, the group brought together would-be medical marijuana patients and doctors willing to prescribe pot.

Starting next week, the organization will forego the clinics and team up with caregivers in Billings, Bozeman and Helena to provide weekly doctor’s office hours in those cities.

Spokesman Chris Arneson says the change is being made partly because of the criticism by physicians and lawmakers. But he says the group also has found that the traveling clinics are no longer sustainable.

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