Montana Medical Marijuana Act Repeal (2012)

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The Montana Medical Marijuana Act Repeal did not get placed on the 2012 ballot in the state of Montana as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure was proposed to repeal the medical marijuana act that was approved in 2004. It was introduced on January 7, 2011. The measure was sponsored by State Representative Keith Regier. The measure was not sent to the ballot, instead enacted into law by the Montana Legislature.[1][2]

House Bill 161 was proposed by the Montana Legislature during 2011 state legislative session, and was introduced to repeal Measure I-148, effectively killing the state's medical marijuana law. HB 161 passed through both the Montana House of Representatives and the Montana State Senate, which only leaves the Governor of Montana to sign the measure for it to become a law as of April 5, 2011. To read more about the proposed law, click here to view the text of the legislation.[3]

Text of measure

Bill summary

The bill summary, according to the Montana Legislature, the bill summary of the measure read as follows:[1]

"An act limiting compensation paid to certain state employees and reducing compensation paid to certain existing state employees; providing for exceptions to the limitation under certain circumstances; providing that the act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana; amending Section 2-18-303, MCA; and providing an effective date."

Path to the ballot

The Montana House of Representatives passed the bill on a preliminary vote on March 26, 2011.[4]