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Attorney General Files Appeal To Tighten Medical Marijuana Restrictions

The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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Medical marijuana advocates accuse state Attorney General Tim Fox of  defying the will of voters.

Montanans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2004. In 2011 state lawmakers passed a bill to tighten rules governing the sale of the drug.

Fox's office this week filed a brief with the state Supreme Court to reverse District Judge James Reynolds' ruling that blocks parts of that more-strict medical marijuana law.

Chris Fanuzzi opposes the move. He's a medical cannabis provider who owns "Lionheart Caregiving" dispensaries in Bozeman, Missoula, Butte and Helena.

"Ultimately it's not what the people want. I feel that if it does go to the Supreme Court, hopefully the judges will rule that this is a decision made that was in the best interest of Montana and the best interest of the country as well."

The Montana Attorney General's office declined comment on the matter today.