NORML.ORG – Montana: Lawmakers Resurrect, Then Pass Medical Marijuana Repeal Measure

Helena, MT: Members of the Montana Senate on Thursday resurrected and then passed House Bill 161, which repeals the state’s six-year-old, voter-approved medical marijuana law . Senate lawmakers voted 29 to 21 in favor of the GOP-backed measure, which had previously stalled in committee. In February, House representatives had voted, largely along party lines, 63 to 37 in favor of the repeal measure. The bill is now expected to go before Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, who has voiced support for the state’s medical cannabis program. Separate legislation, Senate Bills 423 and 434 – which seek to limit the scope of Montana’s existing law – and House Bill 175 – which would allow voters to decide whether or not to repeal the law in 2012 – remain pending . Montana is one of fifteen states recognizing the physician-supervised use of cannabis. To date, no legislature has repealed such a law. For more information, please visit: http://montananorml.org or visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ at: http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=39086501 .

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NORML.ORG – Montana: Lawmakers Resurrect, Then Pass Medical Marijuana Repeal Measure

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