Montana Marijuana Employer Guidelines“Recreational vs. personal” use of marijuana: We recognize that a majority of the country uses the term “recreational use” when referring to states that have legalized possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for those over 21.
Montana personal and medical use of marijuana.
Medical Use: Medical marijuana in Montana has had a contentious history. Medical marijuana was initially approved by the Montana voters in 2004 by 62% of voters It became effective the same day. The Initiative created the “MONTANA MARIJUANA ACT.” It was later targeted by an attempted repeal, but the bill was vetoed by the Governor. In 2011, SB 423 was passed by the state legislature. This law rolled back much of the 2004 voter-approved initiative legalizing medicinal marijuana. SB 423 took effect in July 2011.
Court challenges to SB 423 (including to the State and US Supreme Courts) were initiated. These cases tied up the legislation until August 2016. Proponents of medical marijuana complained that SB 423 created some significant limitations that would force the closure of dispensaries and make it difficult for medical marijuana users to obtain the substance.
Initiative 182 passed with 57.87% of the vote. The measure was designed to curtail what proponents of medical marijuana viewed as the excesses of SB 423. The law was renamed the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. The measure repealed SB 423's requirements that medical marijuana providers have no more than three patients and the state review physicians who prescribe marijuana to more than twenty-five patients per year. The measure allowed physicians to prescribe marijuana for patients diagnosed with chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Personal Use: Ballot initiatives in 2012 and 2014 failed to get enough signatures to be included on the ballots.
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