Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:02 PM by MTN News
HELENA - On Election Day, voters will decide the fate of Montana's medical marijuana law, but the legal wrangling over the issue could continue for some time.
On Friday, Helena District Judge James Reynolds issued a temporary restraining order that blocks some key provisions of Senate Bill 423 enacted by the 2011 legislature.
A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Nov. 13, a week after the election.
Reynolds' decision lifts a ban on medical marijuana providers getting paid for their services.
An attorney with the Montana Cannabis Association says a Supreme Court ruling from last week that upholds the law could have left nearly 6,000 patients without a provider.
Voters will decide whether to keep Senate Bill 423 in its current form or revert the law back to what was originally passed by voters in 2004.