Judge James Reynolds has blocked parts of Montana’s new medical marijuana law… again. Reynolds believes that the 2011 changes to the state’s medical marijuana law would harm patients because many caregivers would be forced to go out of business or downsize the number of patients they can provide medicine to.
The 2011 law limits caregivers to having three patients and doesn’t allow them to make a profit. These changes deterred many caregivers, who could no longer make a living off of their medical marijuana business.
Judge Reynolds issued his ruling late Wednesday night after the Montana Cannabis Industry Association sought the preliminary injunction while it works to fight the law in court.
Reynolds made a similar ruling in June 2011. The Montana Supreme Court sent the ruling back down to him, asking him to evaluate the case in a different way. His decision remained the same.
During the November general election, voters had the chance to deny the law and have Montana’s medical marijuana law revert to the original one, which was passed in 2004. 57% of voters voted in favor of changing to the new, more restrictive medical marijuana law.