Senate lawmakers approved the state’s flagship weed implementation and taxation bill on its third reading Friday afternoon.
House Bill 701—the Legislature’s response to the passage of Initiative 1-190—is the culmination of months of planning and debate, needs to pass one more reading in the Senate before being sent back to the House for approval on a series of amendments added in the Senate.
If the House concurs with the Senate amendment, it will be sent to Gov. Greg Gianforte (R). Montana will be that much closer to fulfilling the voters’ wish of recreational marijuana.
The lawmakers involved in shaping the comprehensive bill’s final form said they put aside their own beliefs about marijuana to deliver the best bill to Montanans.