New Approach Montana, the proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana, made promises they have no authority to make, let alone keep. Tax revenue allocations are determined by the legislature and currently, several bills are being proposed as to where that revenue will flow. It is not the same places that NAM claimed.
We take our time to create and implement a program that is fiscally smart and provides safety to our citizens. Speaking of time, our time is being spent to make sure this issue is on the 2022 ballot so that the fine citizens of Montana have an opportunity to vote again now that they have been armed with all the information they should have been given before November 2020.
Other states that have legalized recreational marijuana are now reaping the pitfalls of that choice. Many are introducing legislation to change the program, put stricter limits on it, or repeal it all together. They are looking to cut their losses and flatten the rising curve of overdose illnesses, increased traffic accidents while under the influence of pot, and the lack of revenue as the income is still paying for program management. We are smarter than that and we should learn from their mistakes.
Now is the time to let your Senators and Representatives know how you feel. We, the people, have rights and we need to speak up. Let’s hold our horses, take our time, and ensure we implement the right program or vote again so that maybe we don’t have to implement one at all.