Montana House Advances Competing Bills On Pot Regulations
The Montana House advanced three competing Republican plans for regulating recreational marijuana sales. Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure last year to legalize it. The ballot measure allows for marijuana sales to begin next January and sought to divert a significant portion of that tax revenue toward conservation efforts. But the bills that advanced Tuesday in the Republican-controlled House didn't follow that plan. House Democrats opposed the measures, saying they wanted the Legislature to adhere to voters’ wishes. The measures would tax marijuana up to 20% and send the revenue to the state general fund, a substance abuse prevention program, public employee pensions and elsewhere.