With restrictive state regulations set to go into effect July 1, the medical marijuana industry and advocates are hoping to start gathering signatures soon. The  Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) is  waiting for the Attorney Generals’ office to provide the finalized approved copy of the petition. Volunteer coordinator for the MCIA Rose Habib says they are setting  the groundwork and preparing their volunteers.

Habib is confident that they will be able to gather enough signatures in the coming months.

Habib says they  need between 35 to 45 thousand  signatures to block the Legislature's medical marijuana overhaul bill from becoming law, depending on which state House districts they use, but they won't need to gather over 73,000 signatures as some originally believed.