What Would Legalization in Montana Mean?

September 1, 2020

As we wait for voting in September, let’s do a little digging into what initiatives were actually put on the 2020 ballot this year.

According to the New Approach Montana Website:

“Constitutional Initiative 118 allows the minimum legal age for marijuana to be set at 21.

Official Statement of Purpose and Implication:

Under the Montana Constitution, a person 18 years of age or older is an adult, except that the legislature or the people by initiative may establish the legal age of purchasing, consuming, or possessing alcoholic beverages. CI-118 amends the Montana Constitution to allow the legislature or the people by the initiative to establish the legal age for purchasing, consuming, or possessing marijuana.”

Click here to read the full text of the initiative

“Statutory Initiative 190 legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana in Montana.

Official Statement of Purpose and Implication:

I-190 legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. I-190 requires the Department of Revenue to license and regulate the cultivation, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products and to inspect premises where marijuana is cultivated and sold. It requires licensed laboratories to test marijuana and marijuana-infused products for potency and contaminants. I-190 establishes a 20% tax on non-medical marijuana. 10.5% of the tax revenue goes to the state general fund, with the rest dedicated to accounts for conservation programs, substance abuse treatment, veterans’ services, healthcare costs, and localities where marijuana is sold. I-190 allows a person currently serving a sentence for an act permitted by I-190 to apply for re-sentencing or expungement of the conviction. I-190 prohibits advertising of marijuana and related products.”

“Official Fiscal Statement:

Marijuana taxes and fees will generate about $48 million annually by 2025. Marijuana fees will fund program administration and enforcement. Marijuana taxes will contribute to the general fund and special revenue accounts for conservation, veterans’ services, substance abuse treatment, healthcare, and local governments. The general fund will net $4 million.”

Click here to read the full text of the initiative.

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