Gianforte has expressed a lot of concern regarding medical marijuana, but has conceded that he will not push against access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients in Montana. He has been quoted saying that rescheduling marijuana is a "misplaced priority" and strongly asserts that there is not enough research conducted on the ill-effects of marijuana use.
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Governor Gianforte has expressed mixed sentiments about legalization. While in the House of Representatives, he voted "no" on the SAFE Banking Act in 2019 and abstained from voting on the MORE Act in 2020. He expressed doubts about recreational legalization and descheduling, suggesting that more research is needed before something can be done.
Despite this, he signed a recreational legalization bill into law in 2021 that was introduced via ballot initiative. Gianforte seems to support medical use and casts doubts on recreational legalization, but seems willing to follow the lead of Montana voters.
“Since January, we’ve been focused on implementing the will of Montana voters in a safe, responsible, and appropriately regulated manner. House Bill 701 accomplishes this,” Gov. Gianforte said. “From the start, I’ve been clear that we need to bring more resources to bear to combat the drug epidemic that’s devastating our communities. Funding a full continuum of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for communities, the HEART Fund will offer new supports to Montanans who want to get clean, sober, and healthy.” (5/18/21)
In a constituent response letter, Greg stated: "Currently, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug. I oppose the recreational use of Schedule I drugs. I see a difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. After closely examining the health benefits of medical marijuana, I support continuing the legality of medical marijuana in Montana, as long as the industry remains well managed for public safety."
FEB 4, 2020: “To consider making any Schedule I drug legal and more readily available without adequate research is a misplaced priority as addiction continues to ravage our country. Instead, we should support focusing on combating addiction, building on this committee’s bipartisan work and the success of the SUPPORT Act from last Congress. We need to continue to support those who face addiction and need the help the most, rather than making marijuana easier to access when we don’t know the full effects on our communities.”
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