New Montana laws going into effect Friday include a business equipment tax cut and a new prescription drug registry.

More than 70 new state laws are slated to go into place July 1. Most make very small administrative changes or adjustments in state code.

The list is perhaps topped by stiff new medical marijuana regulations — but they must make it past a judge considering temporarily blocking them before Friday.

The drug registry advanced by Attorney General Steve Bullock makes it more difficult for people to obtain prescription painkillers from multiple doctors. Rulemaking will start after Friday and officials hope to have the registry operational by January.

The much-heralded business equipment tax cut goes into law Friday, although 2012 will be the first tax year to which it would apply.

Associated Press

Shande Wiest wrote a blog on medical marijuana following an interview with the Medical Cannabis Association.

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