On Wednesday, a Montana judge legally nullified a technical error in a voter-approved statewide ballot initiative to expand its medical marijuana program, which would have kept dispensaries shuttered until July 2017. Montana’s I-182, which passed with 58 percent voter approval this past Election Day, was intended by supporters to immediately reopen the state’s medical marijuana market after a state law beset by years of court challenges, limiting cannabis providers to serving merely three patients a piece (and making their businesses financially unsustainable) finally went into effect on August 31; displacing nearly 12,000 legally qualified medical marijuana users overnight from having any outlet to lawfully purchase it ever since. However before the measure even passed, its authors—the Montana Cannabis Industry Association—admitted they made a crucial oversight during eleventh-hour edits to the final draft and erroneously changed the implementation date for certain provisions, including abolishing the patient-per-provider limit, to June 30, 2017. Once the Secretary of State’s Office certified it for public consideration, it was too late to legally revise it again. While proponents of the referendum were certainly pleased by its success with the electorate in November, they instantly had another problem on their hands—how to avoid keeping Montana’s medical marijuana sector on ice for another eight months despite their earlier mistake.