One in four Montana counties will vote on some form of marijuana-related ballot measure in next month’s primary election as the industry continues to take root across the state.
Most of those 14 counties are looking to cash in on the new industry. Twelve counties, in western Montana, southeast Montana and along the Hi-Line, will each vote on adding a local 3% tax on medical and recreational cannabis sales to capture local revenues on the growing industry. On Wednesday, the Montana Department of Revenue announced total cannabis sales reached $98.2 million from the start of the year through the end of April, resulting in $13.5 million in tax revenue for the state.
Two counties, on the other hand, will vote to potentially reject recreational cannabis sales from their communities, both of which saw a majority of voters approve legalization in 2020.
One of those is Yellowstone County. As the state’s most populous county, it’s seen the highest sales figures for recreational cannabis in the state since the market opened in January. Still, county commissioners there voted unanimously in December to send the question of allowing recreational cannabis sales within the county to the June ballot. [Read more at Independent Record]
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