- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State attorneys are asking the Montana Supreme Court to allow them to enforce medical marijuana restrictions that have been blocked for four years by a Helena judge.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

The restrictions aim to ban medical marijuana sales and advertising, plus automatically review any doctor who recommends the drug for more than 25 patients in a year.

District Judge James Reynolds blocked the restrictions from taking effect in 2011. He blocked them again in 2012 after the Supreme Court said he had used the wrong standard to review the case.

Medical marijuana advocates say banning providers from receiving compensation will cut off access for patients with debilitating illnesses.

Department of Justice attorneys say the drug’s commercial sale leads to abuses and state lawmakers were within their rights to disallow it.

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