On Monday, Montana lawmakers considered House Joint Resolution 35 and discussed creating a committee that would study how recreational marijuana legalization could be implemented in Montana.  KTVQ.com reports that the panel would consider factors such as whether liquor control should be a guideline for marijuana control, how legalization has affected other states, and the pros and cons of legalized recreational marijuana use.  The findings would be reported to the next session of the Montana Legislature.

Representative Mary Ann Dunwell, a Democrat from Helena, asked why all of the money should be going to the black market, when it could be going to Montana’s budget… Funding substance abuse programs, human services programs, child protective services, developmental disabilities, senior long term care and more.  Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult-use of recreational marijuana, and 21 have it decriminalized.

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