Judge again blocks parts of medical marijuana law

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has again temporarily blocked parts of a 2011 medical marijuana law, saying registered cardholders would be irreparably harmed if providers go out of business because a state law limits them to three patients and doesn't allow them to make a profit.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports District Judge James Reynolds of Helena issued his ruling late Wednesday. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association sought the preliminary injunction while it challenges the law in court.

Reynolds made a similar ruling in June 2011. The Montana Supreme Court sent the case back to Reynolds for re-evaluation using a different legal standard. The result was the same.

Reynolds held a hearing in December at which several patients testified they did not have the knowledge or stamina to grow their own marijuana.

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