Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Schweitzer takes meeting with caregiver Rick Rosio

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be in Missoula tomorrow and his schedule includes a meeting with Montana Pain Management owner Rick Rosio to discuss the state's embattled medical marijuana law. The Indy wrote about Rosio last November, identifying his Third Street clinic as the city's first storefront dispensary. Law enforcement and other caregivers frowned upon some of Rosio's business practices at the time, but Rosio expressed confidence, saying, "I've worked tirelessly with a group of individuals to make this a reality. Does it push the envelope? I think it's long overdue. But I think the model that we're what the law intended."

According to Schweitzer Communications Director Sarah Elliott, Rosio requested a meeting with the governor to discuss the state's medical marijuana law, and the governor accepted.

Schweitzer spoke about the law with Matt Gouras of the AP in a story last week, saying it has not worked out as voters planned, and that he believes the state needs a legislative fix. Gouras reports:

Schweitzer says he is watching proposals as they come forward and expects lawmakers, convening in January, will have a lot of options. The governor says one of his agencies may pitch its own plan.

Schweitzer says one part of the solution could be to require genetic branding of medical marijuana, which would allow police to trace illegal pot to see if it originated from a caregiver selling medical marijuana.

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