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MS patient elated at medical marijuana decision

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 17 2013 10:52:48 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

When Mark Driscoll found out about Wednesday's decision to re-block the strictest portions of a state medical marijuana law, he was "completely elated by what's happening" he said. "It's going to make a different in so many people's lives."

Driscoll has MS, and is confined to his bed for most of the day. He uses medical cannabis to ease the pain, and was anxious for Judge James Reynolds decision.

"I just physically couldn't do it myself" he said, about growing his own cannabis.

Had the judge made a different decision, Driscoll would have had to grow himself- which he says is impossible because of his condition. Or he'd go back to pharmaceuticals, which he says incapacitate him.

If the injunction had not blocked portions of Senate Bill 423, providers would be legally limited to three patients and would not be allowed to charge for their services.

Providers we talked to on Thursday said the injunction means they can let of the financial stress and stay in business, and keep supplying their patients.

One provider told us they were busy all day, as excited patients rushed in.

"The patients that are out there right now aren't at risk of getting a letter saying you have to grow your own" said Chris Lindsey, Montana Cannabis Information Association President (formerly the Montana Cannabis Industry Association).

We talked to Chris Lindsey as soon as the news broke. He said patients and providers can stop worrying, for a little while, anyway- until a civil suit trial between the MTCIA and the state.

"Then once the trial comes, {the judge} will decide whether or not that injunction should be permanent" Lindsey said.

In the meantime, Driscoll said he already set up a doctor's appointment to renew his medical cannabis card.

"It gives me my medicine, and gives my suppliers the opportunity to continue to supply it for me" he said.

Chris Lindsey said he expects it to be months before they schedule that trial between the MTCIA and the state.