MT: Medical marijuana bill on Montana legislature’s agenda

MT: Medical marijuana bill on Montana legislature’s agenda
kpax / 4/25/2011 / By Irina Cates (KPAX News)

MISSOULA- Governor Brian Schweitzer says he hopes the Legislature gets the medical marijuana reform bill to him with enough time for him to make changes and send it back for their approval.

Schweitzer says the Legislature is working on a reform bill, which would do away with the medical marijuana business for profit. The bill would allow patients to grow their own plants, which includes four plants and two seedlings. If the patient is incapacitated, a caregiver can grow the marijuana for them.

The Democrat says when the bill gets to his desk, he’s going to make sure legitimate patients still have the option to use cannabis.

"Many people have suggested that this has become so restrictive that people that have actual medical needs for cannabis may be excluded from the process. So we want to look at it very closely and make sure that we’re not locking the door on people that have actual medical needs for cannabis," Schweitzer explained.

The amended bill defines chronic pain and forces a patient to either have proof of pain or have two doctors certify a chronic pain patient. Both the Senate and the House have the medical marijuana bill on their agendas on Tuesday.

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