A bill to implement Montana’s grownup-use marijuana program is on its approach to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk for a signature.
On Tuesday, House Bill 701, launched by Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-East Missoula, and backed by Gianforte, handed its third and remaining studying within the House on a bipartisan 67-32 vote, ending a month of debate in Helena about the right way to implement Initiative 190, which legalized adult-use cannabis last November.
HB 701 was one of three marijuanan bills that went to the Senate earlier this month, every providing a special imaginative and prescient of implementation, but it surely was the one one to return from the higher chamber for a remaining vote. When it was first launched, the bill was blasted by conservation groups as a result of it directed most tax income from grownup-use hashish into the state’s General Fund fairly than to land conservation, as had been steered in I-190. Republicans famous that solely the Legislature can allocate tax revenues. The Senate nonetheless restored some marijuana income to conservation funding, particularly that for Habitat Montana, a program run by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to pay for land easements.
On Monday, some House Republicans balked at that call and voted the amended Senate model down. The bill was virtually despatched to a convention committee the place lawmakers may try to hash out a compromise, however Hopkins was in a position to persuade fellow Republicans to deliver it again to the ground. On Tuesday it was introduced up for a second studying, the place Hopkins reminded hesitant Republicans that if it failed once more, I-190’s language would by default grow to be the legislation of the land and grownup-use marijuana can be carried out with out their enter. [Read more at Montana Free Press]