This November 2020 election, cannabis legalization initiatives will appear on the ballots of five states: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota. Every Sunday until November 3, Canna Law Blog will publish a post centered on one of these state ballot initiatives, and the current laws surrounding cannabis in that state. Today is the third post, in which we discuss the two measures concerning cannabis that will be on the Montana ballot this November: Initiative 190, known as the Marijuana Legalization and Tax Initiative (2020), and CI-118, or the Allow for a Legal Age for Marijuana Amendment (2020).
What are the current laws surrounding cannabis in Montana?
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Montana. However, in 2004 Montanans voted to legalize cannabis for medical use, with 62 percent of voters in approval of the Medical Marjuana Allowance Act. The Medical Marijuana Allowance Act allowed patients with painful and debilitating conditions to produce and use cannabis.
Despite the large majority of Montana voters who voted in favor of the Medical Marijuana Allowance Act, the State legislature has since attempted to dismantle and limit the law. In 2011, the Montana State House of Representatives voted to repeal the law, but the