Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Initiatives Qualify for November Ballot

Helena, MT: Montanans will join voters in Arizona, New Jersey, and South Dakota this November to decide whether to legalize the adult-use marijuana market.

The Secretary of State has confirmed that campaign proponents, New Approach Montana, collected the required number of signatures from registered voters to a pair of complimentary measures on the ballot.

Statutory initiative I-190 allows adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and to cultivate up to four mature plants for personal use. The state would impose a twenty percent tax on retail sales, and revenue from those sales would be directed toward substance abuse treatment, veterans’ services, health care, and other programs.

The second ballot measure, CI-118, amends the state’s constitution so that only those age 21 or older may patronize the legal cannabis market.

Adult-use ballot initiatives have already qualified for the ballot in Arizona, New Jersey, and South Dakota. Initiatives to legalize medical access to cannabis are certified for the ballot in Mississippi and South Dakota. Proponents of a medical initiative in Nebraska are awaiting certification.

Additional information on these and other pending 2020 initiative efforts is available from NORML.