Montana Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis

Montana Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis

Montana voters approved a plan to legalize, regulate and tax adult-use cannabis Nov. 3, based on unofficial election results.

November 4, 2020

Editor's note: Election results reported are projected, and subject to change. CBT/CD will update its election coverage as necessary to accommodate changing election results.

According to unofficial election results, 59% of Montana voters approved of I-190, the adult-use legalization initiative. Separately, 61% of the Montana electorate voted in favor of the legislature establishing the legal age of adult-use cannabis consumption, a formality. The two ballot initiatives are commonly treated as a package deal.

“This is a great day for Montana,” Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said. “This victory further proves how widespread the support for marijuana policy reform is across the United States. Montana will now join the growing number of states that are proving that replacing prohibition with a system of legalization and regulation is the policy decision that best serves the interests of public health and safety.” The Marijuana Policy Project played an important role in the tandem campaign.

“We commend the voters in Big Sky Country for making sure they joined the growing list of states that is sensibly regulating cannabis for adults,” Morgan Fox, NCIA Media Relations Director, said. “This has been a close race in a difficult year, but ultimately good sense prevailed, and Montana will reap the social and economic benefits of legal cannabis while hopefully adding its federal lawmakers to the chorus in Congress calling for an end to federal prohibition.”