“The initiative enshrines privacy,” Petersen told the committee.
The committee adopted Bill 6-3. It was referred to the Senate Finance and Claims Committee a week ago.
Changes to the internal workings of the program, which could come from accompanying invoices, are more difficult to predict. Will the Montana tribes, with their ties to the federal government, be able to participate in the new venture? Sen. Jason Small, a Republican from Busby and a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, thinks they can. Small is working on his own proposal to make this happen, although he said this week it was too early to comment.
And will the marijuana businesses be overseen by the Department of Revenue, as the initiative envisions? Or will it be housed in the state health department, which already oversees the medical marijuana program and could replicate the structure of recreational cannabis? Everything, Hopkins said, is subject to change until the governor’s pen touches the paper.
“I think people will be working on this file until the day it is launched and I think we will continue to work on it until the point where it is handed over to the governor’s office for signature and signed. law, ”Hopkins said. “Before that, I don’t think the work on this point will stop.”
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