The people of Montana is in the midst of a political battle over the future of legalized medical marijuana.

Since late 2008, when the US Attorney General announced that medical marijuana cases wouldn’t be prosecuted, the number of card-carrying patients in this small state has shot up by a factor of six. Now about three per cent of Montanans carry medical marijuana patient cards.

Opposition to the booming industry reached a climax in May 2010, when two medical marijuana dispensaries were firebombed. Although no one was injured, the acts delivered a powerful message.

Al Jazeera English’s David Mercer visited Montana, and came back with this report.


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