Medical Cannabis Legislative Transmittal Update


We’re at the halfway point.  Here’s the update, red bills are still viable, those in black are dead.
HB 19 Clarify that the Clean Indoor Air Act applies to smoking of medical marijuana
This bill has passed through the House and has passed out of committee in the Senate. It will be heard on the Senate floor after transmittal.

HB 33 Provide that any amount of dangerous drugs is impaired driving per se
This bill made driving while a cannabis patient illegal by making having any metabolites in one’s system evidence of impairment. This bill was tabled in committee and is dead.

HB 43 Clarifying employer’s rights related to employee use of medical marijuana
This bill allows an employer to fire a person for having a medical cannabis card or disallow medical cannabis for any employee even if not consumed during working hours. This bill has passed the House and will be heard in the Senate on March 2, 10 a.m., in the Senate Business committee, rm 422.

HB 68 Revise Medical Marijuana Act and create regulatory structure for industry
This is the regulatory bill created by the interim committee last summer. It was heard in the House and still sits in the committee. Because it is a revenue bill, it doesn’t need to meet the transmittal deadline.

HB 82 Require reporting of complaints on physician practices related to med marijuana
This bill has passed the House and has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate.

HB 161 Repeal medical marijuana law
This bill has passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary committee on March 11, 8 a.m., rm 303.

HB 175 Submit repeal of Montana Medical Marijuana Act to voters of Montana
This bill never had a hearing scheduled so has missed transmittal is dead.

HB 185 Ban synthetic marijuana
Has passed the House and a hearing has not yet been scheduled in the Senate.

HB 389 Require warning label on marijuana sold for medical use
This bill has passed out of committee in the House but has not gone to the House floor. Because there’s a fiscal note, it doesn’t need to meet transmittal.

HB 429 Revise procedures related to the Medical Marijuana Act
This is the bill that requires a person to go before a judge to get a medical cannabis referral. It has passed out of committee but not gone to the House floor yet. Because there’s a fiscal note, it doesn’t need to meet transmittal.

HB 488 Revise laws relating to marijuana consumption
This is the “only smoke at home” bill. It has been tabled in committee and is dead.

SB 154 Regulating medical marijuana provider supply system
Creates a license for cardholders within the medical cannabis industry. Includes a 10% tax on gross. At the hearing, the sponsor introduced a “gray bill” which had different provisions offering a variety of licenses, premises licenses only for cardholders, defined how many patients one had to have to be in the regulated market vs. unregulated market. However, the gray bill was a draft and what precisely it will consist of is not decided yet. Either way, both SB 154 and the “gray bill” will be part of pool of ideas from which Senate Judiciary will create a committee bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry.

SB 170 Revise medical marijuana laws on obtaining certificate for chronic pain
This is the bill requiring three physicians to sign off on a chronic pain referral. Because the bill has a fiscal note, it didn’t need to meet transmittal deadline. It still sits in Senate Judiciary, part of the pile of the bills from which a committee bill will be formed (which doesn’t necessarily mean any provision in any of these bills will necessarily be used.)

SB 193 Revise laws related to medical marijuana
This bill makes several changes to the medical marijuana statutes including protections for patients in regards to employment. It also disallows outdoor growing and requires a year long relationship with a physician before that physician can make a cannabis referral. This bill, too, will end up in the pile from which a committee bill will come.

SB 334 Repeal legality of medical marijuana
This bill was tabled in the Senate at the sponsor’s request. It is dead. So, the repeal bill in play is HB 161.

SB 336 Generally revise medical marijuana laws to authorize PTSD for coverage
This bill was tabled in Senate Judiciary, then passed in Senate Judiciary, then sent back to committee when Sen. Jent found out he was entered as a “yes” vote by proxy and he wanted to vote “no.” Even though this is a bill that is supposed to meet transmittal, thus should be dead. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are each allowed to choose four bills that don’t have to meet the deadline and the Dems chose this as one of their bills. So it’s still in play.

Bill drafts still in play:

LC 991 Revise medical marijuana
This bill will be a patient focused regulatory model and will be part of the pile of bills from which a committee bill will be created. Drafting will likely be completed next week. 

Because it’s a revenue bill it did not have to meet transmittal deadline.

LC 2160 Provide for taxation of medical marijuana
Because it’s a revenue bill it did not have to meet transmittal deadline.
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2 thoughts on “Medical Cannabis Legislative Transmittal Update

    • That is certainly the arrogant and lazy way to handle it, Scott. Apparently you aren’t suffering from chronic pain or a debilitating disease. For your sake, I hope you don’t ever have to find out what that is like.

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