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Attorney General Files Appeal To Tighten Medical Marijuana Restrictions

Cannabis buds.

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.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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