A Bozeman mother is on a mission to live without pain. Kathryn Mazurek is battling cancer and helped launch a new initiative that would offer patients more accessibility to the drug she says is much needed.
HELENA — Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have begun gathering signatures for an initiative seeking to undo legislation that they say overly restricts the use of the substance.
But backers of the measure have just nine weeks to collect the 24,175 valid signatures needed to place the initiative on the November ballot, but said during a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday that it already fanned out two dozen field staff across the state.
If approved, the measure would lift the three-patient limit, establish licensing fees to pay for administering the program and include post-traumatic stress disorders among the conditions permissible for treatment using medicinal marijuana. It would also require providers to be licensed and their dispensaries undergo yearly inspections.
Medical marijuana forces suffered a setback in February when the state Supreme Court upheld key provisions of 2011 legislation that rolled back a 2004 initiative legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana.
A group campaigning to reform Montana’s medical marijuana law is getting a late start in collecting the signatures needed to qualify their initiative for the November ballot. Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have just over two months to collect more than 24,000 signatures needed to put I-182 on the 2016 ballot.
The advocates announced their campaign Tuesday at the Capitol, after the Department of Justice approved the language of their initiative late last week.