Montana Cannabis News

Ballot Initiative Alert: Initiative 190 and Constitutional Initiative 118 were both approved by Montana voters on November 3, 2020. Marijuana consumption and possession will be legal on January 1, 2021, and the state will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses by January 1, 2022.

Legal Status: Montana voters approved marijuana legalization in November 2020. Medical marijuana has been legal since voters approved it in 2004.

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
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions

  • Cosponsors the the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • 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
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions

  • Cosponsors the the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2021)
  • 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. Matt Rosendale (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
  • Expunge Past Cannabis Convictions

  • Told NBC Montana that marijuana legalization should be left to the people of Montana to decide. (2020)
  • Said: “Medical Marijuana should be handled like any other prescription drug . Prescribed by a doctor, manufactured in a state authorized and monitored facility, distributed by a pharmacy. If this can not be achieved, than its use shouldn’t be allowed.” (2012)
  • Indicated he supported decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana, and increasing restrictions on the production of medical marijuana. (2012)
  • Voted in favor of SB 423, which imposed tighter restrictions on Montana’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. (2011)
  • Voted against HB 389, which would have required warning labels on medical marijuana products and ID cards. (2011)
  • Voted in favor of HB 161, which would have repealed Montana voter-approved medical marijuana law. (2011)

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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