Medical marijuana supporters are pushing back on new restrictions to the program at a time when providers are closing down.

On Thursday, the owners of Montana Advanced Caregivers held a barbecue at their south Billings location. Patients were stocking up on medical marijuana because the future of the business was uncertain, said co-owner Jason Smith.

At the same time, Smith and his business partner, Rich Abromeit, needed to shed some of their own stock or risk holding an illegal amount once the law becomes fully enacted.

On Feb. 25, the Montana Supreme Court upheld provisions of the Montana Marijuana Act, a 2011 bill that put greater limitations on the medical marijuana trade.

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Matt Hudson ~ Billings Gazette ~

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