May 16, 2022

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Marijuana ballot questions to have vote at Tuesday Yellowstone County Commissioner meeting

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BILLINGS – At a meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Stillwater Building in Billings, the Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners will vote on whether to put two questions to the November 2nd vote on the fate and tax rate of marijuana in the United States USA would decide district.

Commissioners are expected to make public comments before voting on a total of three proposed voting questions, according to the Agenda. If the commissioners vote to approve the questions on Tuesday, voters will see the questions on a ballot paper on November 2nd.

A proposed voting action on a 3 percent local option sales tax would be split into two separate questions. Voters might be asked if they want a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana, and a second question might be if they should impose a 3 percent tax on medical marijuana.

Montana House bill 701 outlines a state tax of 20 percent on recreational marijuana products sold and a four percent tax on the gross sales of a medical marijuana dispensary owner. The bill also gave Montana counties the option to hold an election to impose the additional 3 percent local option tax.

The other election question before the commissioners would be to ask voters if non-medical marijuana trading companies should be allowed into the county. Medical marijuana companies would not be affected if the commissioners decide to hold the vote

A similar decision will be made by Billings City Council at a meeting scheduled for next week on Monday, August 9th Agenda, the council will vote on asking Billings voters to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries into the city limits.

According to the agenda, if the county moves forward with its election, the city will not have to go ahead with its November 2nd vote.

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