Anti-Marijuana Groups Drop Lawsuit Seeking To Overturn Voter-Approved Legalization Measure

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Anti-marijuana groups in Montana have moved to dismiss their own lawsuit challenging a voter-approved legalization measure after the governor signed separate reform legislation into law. SAFE Montana and Wrong For Montana say their lawsuit is no longer necessary since Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed HB 701 last month. They filed a motion to dismiss the case in the Montana First Judicial Court late last week. “While we hoped to see this process proceed successfully, we instead will champion the work done in the legislature to pass HB 701 into law,” Steve Zabawa, executive director of SAFE Montana, said in a statement. “We are proud to say that as a result of HB 701, Montana will move forward with some of the tightest regulations on the marijuana industry in the country.” The lawsuit attempted to make the case that voter-approved Initiative 190 was unconstitutional because it appropriated some cannabis tax revenue, allegedly violating a portion of the state Constitution that prohibits such activity from being included in a citizen initiative. Montana’s attorney general, as well as the pro-legalization campaign, previously petitioned the court to dismiss the case, which was ultimately stayed until the end of the legislative session last month. Because of the enactment of the legalization implementation bill that saw the legislature get its chance to steer cannabis revenue—as well as a separate bill that prohibits ballot measures from appropriating funds—Zabawa said the legal challenge was no longer needed. Pepper Petersen, political director of the pro-legalization New Approach Montana campaign, told Law360 that the lawsuit “was a desperate attempt to undo the will of the voters of Montana.” Zabawa, for his part, told The Helena Independent Record that cannabis foes are “ready to move on to the next chapter” and may seek to overturn or scale back legalization through the…

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