Nearly 90 percent of cannabis cardholders in Montana are without access to a legal provider, a roughly 300 percent increase since a Montana Supreme Court ruling went into effect Aug. 31 limiting medical marijuana providers to three clients.

Initiative 182 on election ballots mailed out last week aims to remove the three-client restriction and relax other conditions that came with the ruling.

Supporters say the initiative will also add regulations to create a more responsible state marijuana program.

The recent restrictions arrived after the high court upheld a 2011 state law that rolled back much of the 2004 voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act.

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