HELENA – The House Monday gave final approval to the repeal of Montana’s medical marijuana law and sent it to the Senate.
On a final House vote, House Bill 161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade passed 62-37.
It now moves to the Senate where prospects for repeal may be less certain.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to work on a committee bill aimed at putting into place a licensing and regulatory system for the medical marijuana industry, paid for by new licensing fees.
Montana voters, by 62 percent to 28 percent, passed an initiative in 2004 to legalize medical marijuana.
However, Milburn and other critics have said the industry has grown out of control over the past year, with 28,300 people here now holding green cards allowing them to obtain medical pot.