Bill Introduced to Regulate Medical Marijuana

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Montana lawmakers are considering bills to regulate the growth and sale of medical marijuana.

Republican Sen. Dave Lewis of Helena has introduced Senate Bill 154, which would have the Department of Revenue regulate medical marijuana. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Lewis’ bill would require growers to be licensed, file quarterly reports, submit to inspections and pay a 10 percent tax on the sale of marijuana.

A separate bill, House Bill 68, would require a licensing fee to pay for the cost of regulation by the Department of Revenue.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Diane Sands of Missoula on behalf of the Legislature’s Children, Families, Health and Human Services interim committee. It also requires a person with severe chronic pain to receive recommendations from two doctors before receiving a medical marijuana card.

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