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Lawmakers push back against proposed recreational pot rules as deadlines near


Montana lawmakers are pausing the state’s rulemaking process for the new recreational marijuana industry slated to come online Jan. 1. There is bipartisan concern that the state isn’t following legislators' intent for the policy.

Lawmakers last session passed a massive policy to guide regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana, which voters made legal more than a year ago. It’s now the state Department of Revenue’s job to carry out that policy through rulemaking, but Republicans and Democrats on the Economic Affairs Interim Committee agree those rules need amending.

Lawmakers and business owners have concerns over restrictions on tribal licenses and the state's plan to take responsibility for workforce training — something that isn't happening in other industries.

The department must send rules for the new industry to the Montana Secretary of State’s office early next week. Lawmakers are hoping to resolve the issues with the department during a Dec. 13 meeting before that happens.

More information on the Economic Affairs Interim Committee meeting scheduled for December 13 at 2 p.m. can be found at
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Shaylee is a UM Journalism School student. She reports and helps produce Montana Evening News on MTPR.