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Medical marijuana bills rejected by committee

By The Associated Press
Published On: Feb 16 2013 09:47:55 AM MST

Ted Rowlands/CNN

HELENA, Mont. -

A House committee has rejected four bills intended to patch a 2011 law that banned medical marijuana commercial transactions but was ultimately blocked by a state judge.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that the House Human Services Committee on Friday also tabled the bills by Democrat Rep. Kelly McCarthy of Billings.

District Judge James Reynolds of Helena issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law in January, saying thousands of ill cardholders would be harmed in Montana if their providers went out of business and users were forced to try to grow their own.

The restrictive 2011 state law limited providers to three users and banned compensation in an attempt to squeeze out profits from what was a booming medical marijuana industry in the state.