The Montana Marijuana Legalization Initiative
may appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot
as an initiated constitutional amendment
. The measure, upon voter approval, would allow adults to produce, purchase, consume and possess marijuana.
Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project is developing the initiative. He expects a draft to be finished by the end of 2014 and a submitted proposal to the Secretary of State and Attorney General's offices by Spring 2015.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Montana
Chris Lindsey summarizes the reasons as to why advocates are shooting for the 2016 general election. He said, "The number one reason [for the delay] is it’s not something that we want to do without giving everybody a chance to weigh in on how that law should work. We want to hear from all interested parties. We want to do what’s right for Montana and not just simply impose a cookie cutter system. Another big reason is, we want time to do fundraising. During presidential elections, we see a broader segment of the population voting. We want to give everybody a chance to weigh in on an issue like this. There are younger voters, and it’s no secret that younger voters tend to favor tax and regulated approaches for marijuana."
Supporters need to collect valid signatures from 10% of the total number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial general election, including 10% of the voters in each of the forty legislative house districts. In total, supporters need to collect 48,349 valid signatures.