Montana Cannabis Legalization Initiative Gains Approval from State

montanaMontana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has given approval to the cannabis legalization measure Initiative 178, giving advocates the green light to begin gathering signatures in an attempt to put the initiative to a vote of the people.

Supporters must now collect signatures from at least 5% of registered voters in each of the state’s 34 House districts; these equals a minimum of 24,175 signatures, which would place the initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Montana

cannabisbudAn initiative to legalize recreational cannabis has been filed with Montana’s Secretary of State, the first step in putting the proposal on next year’s general election ballot.

Ballot Issue 7 was filed by Anthony Varriana, head of the new organization Cycling for a Sensible Drug Policy, which is promoting the effort.

If placed on the ballot and passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, in addition to legalizing cannabis retail outlets.

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