Posted: Apr 27, 2011 10:00 AM by Marnee Banks (KXLH Helena)
Updated: Apr 27, 2011 10:01 AM
HELENA- The Montana Marijuana Act is headed to Governor Brian Schweitzer's desk after both Houses of the Legislature passed, in a third reading, a bill which regulates the medical marijuana industry on Wednesday morning.
The bill passed the House with a final vote of 70-30 while the Senate endorsed the measure with a 33-17 vote.
Here are some highlights from the Montana Marijuana Act:
Schweitzer said during a visit to Missoula on Monday that he hoped the Legislature would act on the bill quickly so that he would have time to make changes and send it back to lawmakers.
The Democrat also stated that he was going to make sure legitimate patients still have the option to use cannabis.
"Many people have suggested that this has become so restrictive that people that have actual medical needs for cannabis may be excluded from the process. So we want to look at it very closely and make sure that we're not locking the door on people that have actual medical needs for cannabis," Schweitzer explained.