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Marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana are displayed under a light at a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle in this file photo.

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.

The petition also asks the court to consider lifting the three-patient limit.

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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.

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