Montana passed a measure in 2004 allowing medical use of marijuana and the state legislature apparently voted to repeal the measure (without governor's signature), there is going to be a measure on the ballot this year to take that to a vote of the people if it's going to be repealed, instead of the legislature.
Would place a legislative repeal of 2004 initiative to a vote, instead of automatic law.
House Bill 161 was proposed by the Montana Legislature during 2011 state legislative session, and was introduced to repeal Measure I-148, effectively killing the state's medical marijuana law. HB 161 passed through both the Montana House of Representatives and the Montana State Senate, which only left the Governor of Montana to sign the measure for it to become a law. The measure was vetoed by Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer on April 13, 2011 stating that the repeal was contrary to the decision voters made in 2004. The governor stated, "There were many people out there who said there is a medicine out there that is not currently legal." Schweitzer also stated, though, that stricter regulations on medical marijuana are needed, declaring, "I'm not a doctor, but we have heard from doctors and patients that this medicine helps them. Do we need 28,000 (medical marijuana) patients? I doubt it." However, Senate Bill 423 was passed by the Montana Legislature and was slated to become a law, without the governor's signature, on May 13, 2011. Unlike House Bill 161, the measure would act as a reform bill, imposing stricter regulations on medical marijuana.
To gain ballot access for the November 2012 ballot, supporters needed to collect 24,337 valid signatures from registered voters. In addition, those signatures were required to be submitted by the June 22, 2012 petition drive deadline.
Finally, on July 13, an act to create a seven-person statewide cannabis commission to regulate the cultivation and sale of cannabis was granted a spot on the ballot.
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 6. The measure was part of seven initiatives to file signatures by the deadline in Oregon.
While these measures have had enough signatures counted and verified for ballot placement, it seems one measure's organizers in Arkansas still have a bit of work to do.
Supporters of the proposed medical marijuana legalization question was allowed 30 additional days to circulate petitions after it was found by the Arkansas Secretary of State's office that not enough valid signatures were collected.
The measure would allow the use of marijuana by people who choose to use it for medical purposes. Those who choose to use it for medical purposes would be free from legal penalty.
The group behind the measure, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, have until August 13 to obtain the additional signatures needed