Montana Moots Halving Budget For Administering Recreational Cannabis Program

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In Colorado, he said, the recreational cannabis program initially budgeted for 55 full-time staff, but ultimately only hired 38 staff members. The Billings Gazette reports Proposed funding to allow the state to administer the recreational cannabis program approved by Montana voters last November took a nearly 50% hit Wednesday, after a legislative subcommittee recommended deep cuts to the budget. Those with existing licenses to sell medical marijuana have the first shot at applying for licenses on the recreational market. As originally proposed, the recreational cannabis program’s two-year budget would have included about $17.7 million to hire up to 75 full-time staff to oversee the program, of which 48 could be hired in the first fiscal year. The General Government Appropriations Subcommittee recommended reducing funding for the program, which will be administered by the Department of Revenue, during its executive action Wednesday morning.

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The Billings Gazette reports

Proposed funding to allow the state to administer the recreational cannabis program approved by Montana voters last November took a nearly 50% hit Wednesday, after a legislative subcommittee recommended deep cuts to the budget.

The General Government Appropriations Subcommittee recommended reducing funding for the program, which will be administered by the Department of Revenue, during its executive action Wednesday morning. Those recommendations will be reviewed by the full House Appropriations Committee, which will determine whether to include them as amendments to the budget bill.

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