State Supreme Court Won’t Revisit Marijuana Ruling

Montana Cannabis Industry Association will seek another injunction

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court has denied a request by medical marijuana advocates to revisit its ruling last month that there is no constitutional right to access the drug.

The decision lifted a lower court judge’s block of portions of a 2011 law that prohibited marijuana providers from receiving compensation or anything of value for their services and limited them to three registered users each.

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association filed a petition for rehearing, which the state’s high court denied Tuesday.

Association president Chris Lindsey says the group will seek another injunction blocking portions of the law.

Voters also are being asked in the Nov. 6 election to either uphold the 2011 changes or to return to the original medical marijuana law approved by initiative in 2004.