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Opponents of two ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults 21 and up in Montana are mounting a last-minute legal challenge to block the measures being voted on.

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Voters next month will decide if Montana should become the latest state to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana. A pair of measures to open the state’s cannabis market to adults 21 and older appear on ballots.

Proponents say legalizing pot would not only advance personal liberty, but also turbo-charge the state’s economy. Critics, however, say the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

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Montana voters will decide in the 2020 election whether to join 11 other states that have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana. Groups for and against the idea debated on Monday at a forum hosted by City Club Missoula.

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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.

The backer of a proposed ballot measure to eliminate Montana’s medical marijuana program is seeking a court order to put the measure before voters this November.

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

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Medical marijuana advocates in Montana are running out of options to delay a state law that could shut down pot shops here in August. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it won't hear an appeal from the Montana Cannabis Industry Association over the 2011 Montana Marijuana Act.

Billings businessman Steve Zabawa believes marijuana is a scourge that ruins lives.

Zabawa’s drafted a proposed initiative for the 2016 ballot that states all drugs illegal under federal law would also be illegal under Montana law. That would also include the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana, including medical marijuana.