Although some federal officials claim to have eased their stance on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, the opposition of federal law enforcement authorities continues unabated.
Back in 2011, federal authorities swept through Montana medical marijuana clinics, seizing cash, computers, phones and, of course, plants. 14 Medical marijuana providers and associations sued, presenting the case as a “states rights” issue, arguing that the raids violated the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 9th Circuit wasn’t impressed.
Now that Montana’s “legal” medical marijuana market has rebounded, some Montana medical marijuana providers are calling for increased state regulation to help avoid another major federal crackdown.