April 13, 2011 in Region

Montana governor vetoes repeal of medical marijuana law

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HELENA, Mont. — Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a Republican bill that would have repealed the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Schweitzer vetoed the bill Wednesday along with several others he called “frivolous, unconstitutional or in direct contradiction to the expressed will of the people of Montana.”

Voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved the use of medical marijuana by the very sick. There are now more than 28,000 registered medical pot users.

Supporters of repeal say the boom has gone too far and that the voter initiative has too many holes to be effectively reformed.

A separate bill proposing to strengthen the law is now in conference committee. It may be this Legislature’s last chance of acting on the issue with little more than a week left in the session.

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