Montana House approves repeal of medical marijuana law

2011-02-21T16:09:00Z 2011-02-22T17:54:56Z Montana House approves repeal of medical marijuana lawMissoulian State Bureau missoulian.com
February 21, 2011 4:09 pm  • 

HELENA - The House Monday gave final approval to the repeal of Montana's medical marijuana law and sent it to the Senate.

On a final vote, House Bill 161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, passed 62-37.

It now moves to the Senate where prospects for repeal may be less certain.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to work on a committee bill aimed at putting into place a licensing and regulatory system for the medical marijuana industry, paid for by new licensing fees.

Montana voters, by 62 percent to 38 percent, passed an initiative in 2004 to legalize medical marijuana.

However, Milburn and other critics have said the industry has grown out of control over the past year, with 28,300 people here now holding green cards allowing them to obtain medical pot.

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