No. In “green” ridings, where the majority of voters supported Initiative 190 in November 2020, adult sales began in January 2022. Previous licensees are those from “green” counties that obtained a permit by November 3, 2020 or had an application pending by November 3, 2020. Two plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of Montana have filed a lawsuit against the state to repeal Senate Bill 280, which requires residents to undergo gender-affirming surgery and a court order before updating their birth certificates. Yes. An authorized medical marijuana dispensary authorized on or before November 3, 2020, may sell adult marijuana at the same location as medical marijuana. Sales of adult-use cannabis began earlier this year in Montana, in counties where voters approved I-190, the 2020 election measure that legalized cannabis in Montana. Through local referendums, counties that voted against the measure can choose to participate and allow cannabis businesses in their jurisdiction if local voters agree. About half of the state`s counties currently allow the sale of cannabis. July 1 is also the first day of the biennial period – the two-year period on which state budgets are based. This means that new laws that change the way government funds are allocated are often implemented on this day.

2020: Voters approve I-190 and CI-118, which legalize marijuana and set 21 as the age of majority; Read a summary of the legalization policy here. Each state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional laws on their own. In their strictest form, these laws prohibit drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable amount of an illegal drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds made from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a certain threshold imposed by the government. Learn more about cannabinoids and their effects on psychomotor performance. More information about cannabinoids and the proposed limits themselves is available online. This state has local jurisdictions that have enacted municipal laws or resolutions that decriminalize minor cannabis possession offenses, in whole or in part. Another measure, Senate Bill 402, was also amended last week to specifically require judges involved in lobbying for or against bills to withdraw from cases involving those laws. House Bill 506, which previously amended laws on when new voters can receive ballots, received a major addition Tuesday in an open conference committee, with Republican lawmakers adding language specifying how the independent state redistricting commission divides the state into two districts for U.S. House elections starting in 2022. Many bills amending school laws also came into effect on July 1, the first day of the new school year. One of the most notable is House Bill 112, which excludes transgender women and girls from participation in student-athlete competitions.

While Montana lawmakers wrapped up their 2021 session in April, many of the new laws they passed went into effect on Thursday, July 1. No. From January 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023, only medical marijuana licensees in Montana who were authorized on November 3, 2020 (or who had applied to the DPHHS at that time) can obtain a license to grow, manufacture, or sell adult marijuana. The rejection amendment, proposed by Senator Greg Hertz, R-Polson, sponsor of SB 319, addressed a completely different argument. The amendment required judges to withdraw from cases where an implicated lawyer has made a significant contribution in the past six years, either to the judge`s campaign or to a political group supporting the judge. Hertz told the conference committee that the proposed rejections were consistent with guidelines currently given by the American Bar Association, and that other states, including Utah, have implemented much more restrictive laws regarding the contribution amounts that trigger a rejection. Bennett again disagreed, saying the inclusion of contributions to political groups that spend independently made no sense. While standard conference committees are limited in scope to specific differences between versions of House and Senate bills, legislators may instead send bills to so-called free conference committees, which are limited only by the requirement that the legislation fall within the scope of the bill`s official title. If the legal titles are flexible enough (e.g., “Revise Budget Laws in General”), free conference committees have ample leeway to amend bills at their discretion. The change follows the U.S. Census Bureau`s announcement this week that Montana`s population had grown enough in 2020 for the state to regain the second seat in the U.S.

House of Representatives it lost after the 1990 census — news that prompted the state`s Republican Party to warn of possible gerrymandering. U.S. District Judge Mike Menahan`s dismissal of a media lawsuit alleging violations of public sessions confirms House Speaker`s vice quorum strategy for private legislative sessions. Alex Sakariassen graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2008, where he worked for four years at the student newspaper Montana Kaimin and spent two summers as a paid intern for Choteau Acantha. After earning a bachelor`s degree in journalism and history, Sakariassen spent nearly 10 years covering environmental issues as well as federal and state politics for the alternative weekly Missoula Independent. He switched to freelance journalism after Indy`s abrupt closure in September 2018, writing numerous articles. More From Alex Sakariassen Subscribe to the department`s newsletter to receive updates. Driving a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana remains illegal. The newly added position, a political commissioner hired by the Speaker of the House and the Speaker of the Senate, would assist the legislature in exercising its authority to investigate other parts of the state government by holding hearings and issuing subpoenas.

The addition came as lawmakers who made the final changes to the state budget bill voted to allocate $285,000 to fund the Republicans` politically charged investigation into alleged judiciary bias beyond the end of this year`s legislature. The language, inserted into House Bill 530 in the Senate on Monday, directs the secretary of state to create an agency rule that prohibits people from collecting mail-in ballots in exchange for a “financial benefit” and provides for a $100 fine for violation. Rep. Geraldine Custer, a longtime Republican lawmaker from Forsyth, also criticized the committee process for this year`s conference as the House debated a freshly amended election bill on Wednesday. As defined in 39-51-201, Montana Code Annotated: “Salaries are all remuneration payable for personal services, including the present value of any remuneration payable in a medium other than money. The reasonable present value of remuneration payable in a medium other than cash must be estimated and determined in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Department. So if you pay with livestock, housing, tangible property, or other cashless payments, you must report their market value as wages on a W-2 form. This state has passed a low-THC law that allows the use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis extracts in cases where a doctor has recommended such treatment to a patient with a state condition. If a person is convicted of an offence that carries a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must impose a mandatory minimum sentence or a higher sentence. The judge does not have the power to sentence the accused to less than the mandatory minimum sentence. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state crimes is not eligible for parole.

Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to “life imprisonment” must serve a life sentence with no prospect of parole. “We invested $20 million in House Bill 5 in less than 20 minutes,” Hamilton said, referring to the main measure of budgeting funds for construction projects with government entities. “With some things, I`m not sure what it`s going to do because we`ve had so little time to work on it.” In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court said the legislature`s subpoenas were “unduly exaggerated” and “beyond the scope of legislative powers.” Another legislative defeat this spring left Montana with the dubious title of “preschool desert.” However, early childhood education advocates continue to advocate for a government-funded public preschool model that uses data from recent pilot programs.