Montana Cannabis News

Legal Status: Montana has some of the strictest recreational cannabis laws in the nation, and possession of one recreational joint can put you in jail for up to six months. However, the state voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2004.

Ballot Initiative Alert: Montana will vote on recreational marijuana legalization during the November 2020 election. Montana residents will have the opportunity to vote on Initiative 190, which would legalize recreational marijuana for persons age 21 and older. In order for the legalization to be properly implemented, voters must also approve Constitutional Initiative 118, a separate ballot question that would allow the state to set an age requirement of 21 for legal marijuana use.

WHERE DO MONTANA’S SENATORS STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Sen. Jon Tester - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. (2016)
  • Said he’s “not too crazy about full legalization” but “state’s rights do need to be respected in this situation and there’s plenty of argument out there that says that alcohol is far worse than marijuana and I will tell you that’s hard to debate.”

Sen. Steve Daines - R

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. (2016)

WHERE DOES MONTANA’S REPRESENTATIVE STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Rep. Greg Gianforte (MT-1) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Said he believes medical marijuana should be available to people in chronic pain, under the care of a doctor. He added that he opposes legalizing recreational marijuana. (2017)

WHERE DOES MONTANA'S GOVERNOR STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Gov. Steve Bullock - D

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  • Signed a bill to regulate Montana’s medical cannabis industry. (2017)
  • Opposed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld strict regulations of the state’s medical marijuana industry, saying, “I am concerned about the ability of thousands of patients with serious medical conditions to access a treatment that has been approved by their doctors.” (2016)
  • Opposed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld strict regulations of the state’s medical marijuana industry, saying, “I am concerned about the ability of thousands of patients with serious medical conditions to access a treatment that has been approved by their doctors.” (2016)

 

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