HELENA, Mont. – Today, New Approach Montana, a Helena-based marijuana reform marketing campaign, might be submitting over 130,000 signatures to counties throughout the state with the intention to qualify two complementary marijuana legalization initiatives for the November 2020 poll. Despite the extreme impression of COVID-19, the marketing campaign was capable of attain its signature objectives in time for at this time’s signature submission deadline.
“We’ve overcome a global pandemic, wildfires, floods, hail, snow, and hurricane force winds,” stated Pepper Petersen, spokesperson for New Approach Montana. “Our campaign implemented strict health protocols and worked around the clock so that Montana voters could sign our petitions safely and qualify these popular initiatives for the November ballot. We collected signatures from every corner of the state and all 100 state house districts.”
New Approach Montana submitted over 52,000 signatures in assist of I-190, a statutory initiative that might legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in Montana, and over 80,000 signatures in assist of CI-118, a constitutional initiative that might set the authorized minimal age for buying, consuming, or possessing marijuana at 21. Those numbers far exceed the minimal necessities of 25,468 and 50,936, respectively.
“The reason we were able to complete our signature drive in a shortened period of time and in spite of inclement weather is the strong support among Montanans for legalizing marijuana for adults,” stated Petersen. “We can generate tens of millions of dollars of new tax revenue, create thousands of new jobs, and provide a new source of commercial activity for Montana’s existing small businesses.”
Roger A. Hagan, a veteran and Legislative Committee Chairman on the Montana American Legion might be amongst these serving to flip in accomplished initiative petitions to the Lewis and Clark County Elections Office. Dave Lewis, retired Montana state legislator and finances director for three Montana Governors, believes veterans have so much to achieve from legalization, particularly as we face a finances downturn.
“COVID has done a number to the state’s projected tax revenue for 2020 and 2021, it’s been devastating. Adding nearly $50 million dollars a year to the state budget with legal adult use marijuana isn’t just a bonus. This projected revenue has already become vital to the future budget of this state, and veterans services like all other services need tax revenues to continue,” stated Lewis.
The Governor’s Budget Office estimates that marijuana tax income will attain $48 million a 12 months by 2025 underneath New Approach Montana’s plan to legalize and tax grownup use marijuana at 20%.
Full texts of the initiatives and extra info is on the market at: www.newapproachmt.org