Montana Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2016)
|Voting on Marijuana|
|Not on ballot|
A similar measure was submitted by Trego for the 2012 ballot called Constitutional Initiative 110. The measure was virtually the same as the current measure and was filed with the Montana Secretary of State on October 14, 2011. This followed a similar submission made on July 11, 2011, that was rejected as being "not legally sufficient."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Montana signature requirements
Attempt in 2012
To gain ballot access for the November 2012 ballot, supporters needed to collect 48,673 valid signatures from registered voters. In addition, those signatures needed to be submitted by the June 22, 2012, petition drive deadline.
Supporters did submit signed petitions on the June 22 deadline, however, the total was insufficient to have qualified for the ballot.
Attempt in 2014
To gain ballot access for the November 2014 ballot, supporters need to collect valid signatures from ten percent of the total number of votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial general election, including ten percent of the voters in each of forty legislative house districts. In addition, those signatures needed to be submitted by the June 20, 2014 petition drive deadline. The initiative campaign was dissolved in January 2014. Chris Lindsey, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project, said, "Very early in the process we realized the timing wasn't right, we weren't going to have the resources necessary to make it happen. If donors are going to put in their resources, they want to win."
Attempt in 2016
Advocates announced that they will try to put a marijuana legalization measure on the November 2016 ballot.
- Associated Press, "Marijuana advocate submits 2014 ballot proposal," November 23, 2012
- The Missoulian, "East Helena medical marijuana patient proposes initiative to decriminalize pot," July 14, 2011
- Montana Secretary of State website, accessed February 6, 2012
- The Tribune, "Montana marijuana advocates delay plans for legalization ballot initiative to 2016," January 21, 2014
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