The Long and Winding Road to Cannabis Legalization in Montana

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The following year, legislation was introduced to rein in the program and overturn the terms of the 2004 medical cannabis initiative. Déjà vu in Big Sky Country  For longtime Montana cannabis activists, there was a sense of déjà vu to the efforts to head off legalization in the high court and statehouse. The Montana Supreme Court ruled against them in September 2012, finding that there is no fundamental right to cultivation, distribution or use of medical marijuana. This will allow those over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of cannabis or eight grams of cannabis concentrate. There are currently 38,385 people enrolled in the Montana Medical Marijuana Program.

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In a victory that was a long time coming for cannabis advocates in Big Sky Country, Montana voters approved twin ballot measures mandating legalization and establishment of an adult-use market in the state last week.

Constitutional Initiative No. 118, which was approved by nearly 58%, amends the state constitution, allowing the Legislature to set a legal age for purchasing or possessing cannabis. This, in turn, permits the terms of Initiative...

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