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Montana cannabis regulators must reevaluate rules, state lawmakers say

Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.

Ahead of Montana’s upcoming first legal recreational marijuana sales, lawmakers this week told state regulators to reconsider several potential rules.

The Montana Department of Revenue’s Cannabis Control Division Chief Kristan Barbour tells MTPR the Revenue Interim Committee directed her division to take another look at the proposal to ban anyone with a criminal conviction within the past three years from working in the cannabis industry.

“They have also encouraged us to go back to the drawing board,” she says.

The recent closer reading of another rule embedded within the legislation establishing adult use cannabis sales surprised regulators and industry insiders alike. It would prohibit license holders from growing or selling hemp products and also ban them from selling CBD products.

Barbour says that confused everybody and also merits a full review.

“So that one, I think, is something that likely will change in the coming weeks.”

Recreational marijuana sales for adults 21 and older in Montana start Jan. 1.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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