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Montana Legislature Ponders Marijuana Legalization Study

Apr 10, 2017
The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.

Montana lawmakers may have the opportunity to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the next year or so.

Democratic Representative Mary Ann Dunwell of Helena says even if now isn’t the time to legalize, it may be the time for the state to look at the issue:

Medical marijuana sign.
Flickr user Laurie Avocado (CC-BY-2)

A committee of Senate lawmakers approved a 2 percent tax on medical marijuana providers and rejected an increase to the state’s alcohol tax.

Since voters approved a statewide medical marijuana program in November, lawmakers in Helena have debated ways to fund it.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Stock Photo Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Montana lawmakers are considering a 6 percent sales tax on medical marijuana. Opponents told the House Taxation Committee that the tax would be a hardship on many of the nearly 12,000 registered medical marijuana users in Montana.

Bill Would Create Effective Date For Montana's Marijuana Initiative

Jan 31, 2017
Senator Fred Thomas, Republican from Stevensville.
Corin Cates-Carney

HELENA -- Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, says his Senate Bill 131, which would correct an error on a medical marijuana initiative, is really about the power of the judicial branch of government.

The bill fixes the effective date of a voter-approved initiative that would repeal a three-patient limit for medical marijuana providers. But, the language in the bill also admonishes a district judge who ruled in December to repeal the limit before the effective date in the initiative.

Governor Bullock, with Budget Director Dan Villa. Governor Bullock released his revenue and spending plan Nov. 15 at the Capitol in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

A new tax on medical marijuana proposed by Governor Steve Bullock would add an estimated million plus dollars a year to government bank accounts. That’s almost 3 times more than the governor’s office says will eventually be needed to support the state’s medical marijuana reform.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Stock Photo Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Medical marijuana advocates won a victory in court today. A Helena judge gave dispensaries the OK to start serving more than three patients immediately, in recognition of a ballot initiative that passed November 8.

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Governor Steve Bullock’s nearly $10 billion budget proposal could mean Montanans will end up paying a little more for wine and cigarettes. Medical marijuana, too.

Montana Patients Seek Immediate Re-opening Of Marijuana Dispensaries

Nov 22, 2016
State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates and patients are asking a judge to fix a mistake in a voter-approved ballot initiative that inadvertently delayed the re-opening of shuttered pot dispensaries in Montana by eight months.

The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
Steve Jess / Montana Public Radio

Supporters of a medical marijuana ballot initiative are asking Montana’s top political cop to penalize the efforts of a group opposing their work.

Montana Citizens for I-182, a ballot issue group supporting the proposal to expand medical marijuana in the state, filed the complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices Wednesday afternoon.

Steve Zabawa sponsored the I-176 ballot iniative to make all drugs illegal on the federal level also illegal in Montana.
courtesy Safe Montana

  The backer of a proposed ballot measure to get rid of medical marijuana in Montana says county election officials mishandled thousands of signatures.

The I-176 ballot initiative to make all drugs illegal on the federal level also illegal in Montana received just over 20,000 signatures. It needed about 24,000 signatures to make it on to the 2016 ballot.