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Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies for Montana Ballot

I-182 seeks to reverse legislative and legal action that gutted original medical-marijuana law

HELENA — A measure that seeks to expand the availability of medical marijuana in Montana has qualified for the November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office certified Wednesday that supporters of Initiative 182 had gathered 26,668 verified signatures.

I-182 seeks to reverse legislative and legal action that gutted a 2004 voter-approved law that legalized the substance.

If approved, the measure would lift a three-patient limit for caregivers that is scheduled to go into effect next month, establish licensing fees to pay for administering the program and include post-traumatic stress disorders among the conditions for which medicinal marijuana can be used.

Another measure still awaiting certification seeks to repeal the state law that permits the medicinal use of marijuana.