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Montana Marijuana Legalization Proposals Take First Steps Toward 2020 Ballot

Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.
Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.

A statewide campaign working to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana submitted two proposed 2020 ballot initiatives for state review Monday.

According to the initiative backers, The first ballot proposal would legalize marijuana in Montana for adults. In a press release, backers say it would also establish a regulatory framework for pot cultivation and sales, including a 20 percent tax on marijuana sales, and that it would reduce the tax on medical marijuana from two percent to one percent.

Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.
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Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.

The second proposed ballot initiative is a constitutional amendment restricting marijuana consumption to people 21 or older.

The state-based group ‘New Approach Montana’ delivered the initiatives to the Secretary of State and the Legislative Services Division Monday. That starts a review process by the Montana Attorney General and the governor’s budget director.

If the petition language is approved, the group must gather over 25,000 signatures to qualify the statutory initiative for the 2020 ballot and almost 51,000 signatures to qualify the constitutional initiative.

Those signatures would need to be submitted by June.

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