After months of high-stakes legislative drama, adult-use cannabis is actually, really, finally coming to Montana. Retail sales are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2022.

Retail sales are scheduled to start on Jan. 1, 2022.

Earlier today, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed HB701, notching an enormous victory for cannabis reform that was far from guaranteed.

Even though voters passed a statewide adult-use measure, Initiative 190, by a margin of 57-43 last November, the state’s Republican legislators, who control both houses, have worked for months to replace the initiative with their own legislation. While their initial draft was rife with crippling restrictions, it was heavily amended by a Senate committee.

Despite a last-minute effort by House…

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