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Medical marijuana users in Montana are concerned as recreational cannabis is legalized

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BUT – Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Montana, those who hold medical marijuana cards have a lot of questions about how the new law will affect them.

There are concerns that supplies could sell out quickly.

“A patient who is only allowed 5 ounces a month and probably only uses 2 ounces a month regularly, you know, maybe buys one or two extra just in case there isn’t a chance that in a couple of weeks or two we start to run out,” said Matt Boyle, owner of Collective Elevation. in Butte.

Evan Kagander, owner of Apogee Gardens in Butte, added, “I think what you’ll see is a lot of people expanding their growth this summer to meet this increased demand, so I think it will eventually stop but this first year I will be interested.”

Price is also a concern. By law, the state taxes medical marijuana at 4 percent. Recreational marijuana will be taxed at 20 percent. Provincial governments can also consider adding a local tax of no more than 4 percent.

“I don’t think medical cannabis or any drug for that reason should be taxed and it’s already taxed at 4 percent,” Boyle said.

Some people don’t like the term “recreational” when talking about cannabis.

“Part of it seems so ridiculous in the way that it’s divided between medical and recreational when everyone on some level is doing it for a medical reason,” Boyle said.

Now that recreational marijuana is legal, some are concerned that the state may find it unnecessary to have a medical marijuana program. Something they hope for at work isn’t happening.

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“Whether this medical program continues to exist for several years down the road, we’ll see. I hope it is, you know, if cannabis is a drug — I wouldn’t sell it otherwise if it wasn’t — and I think the patients who use it as a drug deserve a rate,” Kajander said. lower taxes.

Those who work in dispensaries are sure of one thing that the state will make many changes over the course of a year.

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