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Montana Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Daines, Steve - (R - MT) 

320 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2651

Contact: www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 

Tester, Jon - (D - MT) 

311 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2644

Contact: www.tester.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm

 

Marijuana Policy Project on Montana:

Last update: September 8, 2015

 

Montana’s harsh marijuana laws and efforts to change them 

In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences.

In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests or citations for marijuana-related offenses, 95% of which were for possession. The number of marijuana arrests more than tripled since 2003. At the same time, law enforcement was unable to solve 91% of all burglaries — including home invasions — and over 85% of all motor vehicle thefts. Instead of arresting adults for possession of a product that is safer than alcohol, law enforcement should focus its limited resources on going after real criminals. It’s past time for a better solution.

Medical marijuana program hangs in the balance

Since the state’s original medical marijuana law passed in Montana in 2004 with 62% support, the Montana Legislature has spent its time either ignoring the program, or at times, devising ways to undermine it.

In 2011, it got as close to repeal as possible, according to Rep. David Howard. Its approach was to prohibit providers from cultivating or providing marijuana unless they could do it free of charge. Testing marijuana for safety or potency was simply illegal. The law was quickly challenged, and after four years in the courts, the final decision on the constitutionality of the law — dubbed “repeal in disguise” — may soon be decided by the Montana Supreme Court. If the law is upheld, over 75% of current medical marijuana patients today would have to either start growing marijuana themselves or find someone willing to give it to them for free. Even if the program can continue as it has for the past several years, Montana’s unregulated system is a tremendous risk for those who work to provide for seriously ill patients.

This precarious position has put Montana on the map as one of the only states that has tried to roll back medical marijuana programs that typically receive wide support nationally. 

Montana Cannabis News

 

BILLINGS - The battleground for medical marijuana in Montana is back, with both sides fired up, making their case to voters as signatures for initiatives are due in June.

Medical marijuana at a Bozeman facility in 2014. Image: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The state has issued official signature petitions for a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana.

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HELENA — Montana is in the fifth year of a legal fight to severely restrict how medical marijuana is grown and distributed, even as attitudes in other parts of the nation appear to be shifting toward more tolerance for the drug.


 

Attorneys for the state argued Wednesday before the Montana Supreme Court to lift a judge's injunction that prevents enforcement of a 2011 law that would ban commercial sales of medical marijuana and limit providers of the drug to a maximum of three patients.

The state also wants to lift District Judge James Reynolds' block of other provisions that ban medical marijuana advertising and an automatic review of doctors who recommend the drug for more than 25 patients.

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