Deer Lodge citizens filed a writ of mandamus against Zoo Mountain Natural Care, Inc. They complained that the medical marijuana production center violated the Act restricting the limits of marijuana production for medical purposes.
Zoo Mountain owners said that their operation is legal and that no law is violated. The district judge issued an order regarding this case.
In Deer Lodge, healthcare administrators, doctors and local community leaders gathered at the future site of a new $18 million hospital.
Hospital CEO Alan Bird, representatives for Senators Baucus and Tester Congressman Rehberg, and Hospital Board Members were present at the groundbreaking for the new Deer Lodge Medical Center. A large crowd gathered to see the event, complete with a helicopter landing, and probably drawn by the promise of the BBQ.
The groundbreaking is the symbolic first step after many years of discussion and preparation.
The new privately funded facility will cover 40 thousand square feet, allowing more local surgeries and improved technology.