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Advocates back loosening medical pot restrictions

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:57:54 PM MDT
MARIJUANA / GAVEL
HELENA, Mont. -

Montana medical marijuana advocates are backing legislation that would reverse some of the restrictions passed two years ago and even allow an expansion in some areas.

Senate Bill 377 sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dave Wanzenried of Missoula may face long odds after the difficulty in passing the restrictions in 2011, and because of the ongoing legal battle over the law.
    
Montana voters also decided in a November referendum to keep the restrictions intended to make it harder for people to get medical marijuana cards and eliminate providers' profits.
    
Wanzenried tells Lee Newspapers of Montana the new law has proved unworkable.
    
The bill would create "cannabis exchange brokers" and "couriers" to transfer marijuana and plants, expand the qualifying conditions to include post-traumatic stress disorder and allow cardholders to possess more pot.