The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has decided to issue medical marijuana cards to out of state residents. The Department was going to issue medical marijuana cards to legal residents of Montana only when a closer examination of the state law revealed that there was nothing in the law which required recipients of the medical marijuana cards to be residents of Montana. Consequently, the Department decided to go ahead and process out of state resident applicants. At the end of July, 2010, 23,500 patients were registered in the medical marijuana registry. That was an increase of nearly 4,000 people from June and more than 12,300 since the beginning of this year. Department officials had discovered that several out of state residents had been issued medical marijuana cards so they decided to tighten the policy. However, after they closely examined the law they realized that it was silent on the residency requirement and decided to continue issuing cards to out of state residents. Department officials have stated that they will continue to do this until the state legislature changes the law and fixes the loophole.
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