Montana: Bill proposes study on legalizing recreational marijuana for discussion in 2019 Legislature

A Helena legislator introduced a bill Thursday that would create a committee to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Montana for presentation to the 2019 Legislature.

House Joint Resolution 35, introduced by Rep. Mary Dunwell, D-Helena, would request the legislative committee which oversees interim committees to form one to “examine the legalization, regulation, taxation, and public health and safety aspects of recreational marijuana in Montana.”

According to the proposed legislation, the interim committee would examine whether the state’s liquor control system would make a good model, how legalization would affect the state’s medical marijuana program, and how legalization in other states has affected tax revenues, spending on public health and safety, and child drug use.

The study would be completed by September 15, 2018, and include input from the Departments of Public Health and Human Services, Justice, Revenue, and Agriculture as well as local police, the district courts,...

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