Hamilton medical marijuana advocate, Lori Burnam, dies

Montana's Lori Burnam died after testifying that medical marijuana restrictions in her state limited her access to the drug that would have allowed her to function.

HELENA, Mont. — A Hamilton woman who was the face of medical marijuana advocacy in Montana has died at age 66.

Montana Cannabis Industry Association president Chris Lindsey confirmed Monday that Lori Burnam died Thursday at her home.

Burnam had lung cancer, glaucoma, emphysema and other ailments. She died less than a month after testifying in a wheelchair that medical marijuana restrictions passed by the Legislature in 2011 had limited her access to the drug that eased her pain and allowed her to function.

The bill eliminated compensation for medical marijuana providers and reduced the number of patients to whom they can distribute to three.

Burnam testified in a lawsuit challenging that law brought by Lindsey's organization. District Judge Jim Reynolds has blocked those provisions while the challenge is pending.

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