HELENA (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates are asking the Montana Supreme Court to delay implementing a ruling last month that will severely limit distribution of the drug.
The court's February decision upholds a 2011 state law that requires marijuana providers to sell to no more than three registered users each. The ruling means that most large dispensaries will have to shut down.
A petition for rehearing is being filed Friday, the deadline before ruling was to take effect. It requests a transition period through the end of the next legislative session, which would be April 2017.
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The petition also asks the court to consider lifting the three-patient limit.
The Montana Cannabis Information Association is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. President Bob Devine says the additional time will help marijuana providers and patients prepare for the changes.