(EVERGREEN)- Medical marijuana clinics that didn't close when Montana laws changed last summer are still looking for customers, and for a possible change in rules from voters.
Under the bill approved by the Legislature last year, medical marijuana outlets had to register with the state and meet a longer list of restrictions to stay in operation.
According to a report this week in the Flathead Beacon, dispensaries in the Flathead dropped off the radar, and those still open are fighting to let patients, and potential customers they're still in business. The says there were more than 600-clinics in the Flathead before the rule change and now there are fewer than 50.
And dispensary operators say they continue to live with the risk that federal agents may come knocking on their doors, looking to enforce national rules that still make marijuana a controlled substance.
According to the full article, some operators are hoping for successful passage of a reform initiative which is making the rounds. IR-124 would ask voters to put the medical marijuana question back on the ballot next year.