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Mary Ann Dunwell

State Senator Diane Sands (File photo).
Mike Albans

A group of Democratic state lawmakers say budget cuts to the state health department have created a public health emergency. They delivered a letter to legislative leaders and the governor Tuesday asking for emergency funding. 

The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.

New numbers show that marijuana providers paid a total of $380,000 in taxes in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone.

Montana Lawmakers Consider 6 Percent Tax On Medical Marijuana
Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Montana’s medical marijuana providers have to start paying taxes on their product this month.

Montana Legislature Ponders Marijuana Legalization Study

Apr 10, 2017
The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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Montana lawmakers may have the opportunity to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the next year or so.

Democratic Representative Mary Ann Dunwell of Helena says even if now isn’t the time to legalize, it may be the time for the state to look at the issue:

Montana Lawmakers Work On Suicide Prevention Legislation

Jan 30, 2017
Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell testifies on a bill at the Montana Legislature.
Freddy Monares/UM Community

During his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said that he "cannot tolerate that Montana leads the nation in youth suicide."

"I am haunted by this statistic," Bullock said.

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