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[Cannabis] Legalization Passes in Montana

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Montana voters voted to end prohibition in their state

Voters in Montana have passed Initiative 190, which allows for the use, production and sale of [cannabis] by adults. Voters additionally passed Constitutional Initiative 118, which limits [cannabis] use to those ages 21 or older.

Commenting on the vote outcome, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “This result illustrates that support for adult-use [cannabis] legalization extends across geographic and demographic lines. [Cannabis] legalization is not exclusively a ‘blue’ state issue, but an issue that is supported by a majority of all Americans — regardless of party politics. By approving these voter-initiated measures, Montana now joins the growing list of states that have recognized that it is time to end [cannabis] criminalization and move forward with a new approach.”

I-190 allows adults to possess up to one ounce of [cannabis] and to cultivate up to four mature plants for personal use. It also establishes a licensing system for commercial [cannabis] producers and retail sellers. I-118 establishes a legal age requirement of 21 years old for those wishing to legally possess, grow, or purchase cannabis.

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NORML advocates for changes in public policy so that the responsible possession and use of [cannabis] by adults is no longer subject to criminal penalties. NORML further advocates for a regulated commercial cannabis market so that activities involving the for-profit production and retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products are safe, transparent, consumer-friendly, and are subject to state and/or local licensure. Finally, NORML advocates for additional changes in legal and regulatory policies so that those who use [cannabis] responsibly are no longer face either social stigma or workplace discrimination, and so that those with past criminal records for [cannabis]-related violations have the opportunity to have their records automatically expunged.

Find out more at norml.org and read our Fact Sheets on the most common misconceptions and myths regarding reform efforts around the country

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