Montana Governor’s Plan For Marijuana Tax To Fund Drug Treatment Departs From Voter-Approved Initiative

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The governor of Montana said on Thursday that he wants marijuana tax revenue to fund drug treatment as the state grapples with the consequences of substance misuse. But that’s not how those dollars were designed to be appropriated when voters approved a legalization initiative in November. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) spoke at length about how the misuse of meth has overstrained the state’s child services, treatment programs and criminal justice system. He laid partial blame on a lack of resources and said that tax dollars that come once Montana’s cannabis legalization measure is implemented should fill those gaps. “Part of the foundation of the American Dream is safe communities where we live and work and where our kids go to school. But our state faces a grave threat to our safety: drug use, particularly meth,” he said. “There is no silver bullet, but there are steps we can take to confront it.” “My budget begins to take some of those steps. It will make investments. Let me be clear: tax revenues from the sale of recreational marijuana should go to confronting the epidemic of addiction in Montana,” Gianforte said, drawing applause from members of the joint session who attended his speech. Watch the governor discuss his marijuana tax proposal below: The governor said cannabis revenue—as well as tobacco tax settlement money—should be put into the state’s Healing and Ending Addiction through Recovery and Treatment (HEART) Fund, which will “provide a full continuum of substance prevention and treatment programs for our communities.” My budget devotes marijuana tax revenue and part of the tobacco tax settlement to the HEART Fund, which will fund a full continuum of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for communities. — Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) January 29, 2021 “Under…

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