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SafeMontana wants voters to decide legality of marijuana

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A Billings-based group wants voters to decide on whether or not to make marijuana illegal in Montana and match federal law.

The group SafeMontana collected signatures at MetraPark this weekend at the Billings Gun Show and the state All-Class Wrestling Tournament.

Initiative 176 would make state law the same as federal law with respect to illegal drugs, including marijuana, on Schedule One of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

The petition's ballot language states that I-176  "repeals the Montana Medical Marijuana Act"  and "would eliminate differences between federal and state law with respect to the legal status of the possession and use of marijuana."

"It would make sure that any illegal drug that is currently on the books could never come here recreationally," said Matt Rich, SafeMontana campaign  manager. "And it would line up the medical part for our state. It's very similar to what the (Food & Drug Administration) has. It has to go through a doctor and a pharmacist just like any other prescription would."

I-176 and other ballot initiatives will need 24,175 signatures by June 17 to qualify for the November election.

More information is available on the SafeMontana website.

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