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Montana Supreme Court Quickly Rejects Frivolous Lawsuit Against Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Complementary initiatives CI-118 and I-190 will remain on Montana's November ballot


Helena, MT - October 22, 2020 ( Newswire) The Montana Supreme Court denied and dismissed a lawsuit seeking to remove CI-118 and I-190, the complementary marijuana legalization initiatives, from the November ballot.

"This was an easy decision for the Montana Supreme Court," said Dave Lewis, policy advisor to New Approach Montana, the campaign working to pass CI-118 and I-190. "At best, this lawsuit was a frivolous longshot. At worst, it was an intentional effort to create confusion right before the election."

The legal defeat for opponents of a smart and practical approach to legalization ensures that CI-118 and I-190 will be decided by voters this November.

"We're receiving strong support from voters across the state," said Lewis, a former Republican State Senator and former budget director for three Montana Governors. "Instead of making a coherent argument against the initiatives, our opponents tried to deprive Montanans of their constitutional right to a citizen initiative process."

"Our opponents are desperately throwing everything at the wall in the hope that something sticks," Lewis continued. "They're resorting to fear tactics and misinformation because they know that a majority of Montana voters are ready to vote yes on legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults 21 and over."

I-190 is a statutory initiative that would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults 21 and over. CI-118 is a constitutional initiative that would allow I-190 to set the minimum age at 21. The initiatives are complementary and work together to establish a careful framework for legalizing marijuana in Montana.

In September, the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research released a report showing that legalizing and taxing marijuana would generate $236 million in new tax revenue over the first six years. According to revenue numbers from the eleven states that have already legalized marijuana for adults, legalization has generated $5.8 billion in new revenue since 2012.

New Approach Montana is a 2020 ballot campaign committee supporting CI-118 and I-190. Learn more about the campaign and the initiatives at

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