US (MT): Cannabis sales will look different county by county

Adult-use cannabis sales begin in less than two months in half of Montana’s counties. Regulators and retailers alike are scrambling to finalize last-minute details before that January 1st deadline.

Most Montanans voted in support of legalizing adult-use cannabis last year. While consuming it will be legal statewide, sales will be legal in half of the state counties where voters approved the ballot measure that legalized adult use.

Cannabis sales can look different county by county. Montana’s soon-to-be patchwork approach to cannabis sales is not uncommon, according to National Cannabis Industry Association’s Aaron Smith. He says disagreements between policymakers, regulators, and the industry are to be expected as this new system is established. “It’s not unique at all. There are certainly a lot of complex issues to sort out. Mistakes will be made along the way, as have been in other states. What’s important is making sure that the will of the voters is advanced, and I think Montana’s on track for that.”

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