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Here’s Why Marijuana Legalization Groups Are Targeting the 2016 Election in Montana

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Despite clearance by the Secretary of State’s office to be on the ballot in 2014, the movement to legalize marijuana in Montana has decided to wait until the 2016 elections to try to change the state’s laws.

“The number one reason [for the delay] is it’s not something that we want to do without giving everybody a chance to weigh in on how that law should work,” said Marijuana Policy Project Legislative Analyst and Montana Spokesman Chris Lindsay. “We want to hear from all interested parties. We want to do what’s right for Montana and not just simply impose a cookie cutter system. Another big reason is, we want time to do fundraising.”

Lindsay said that voter demographics for midterm elections also played a roll in the decision to wait.

“During presidential elections, we see a broader segment of the population voting,” Lindsay said. “We want to give everybody a chance to weigh in on an issue like this. There are younger voters, and it’s no secret that younger voters tend to favor tax and regulated approaches for marijuana.”

Lindsay said that the lack of sales tax in Montana means that legalization laws will have to be written very differently than in states likes Washington and Colorado.

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