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Legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Montana

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-01 12:41:45-05

MISSOULA — The new year in Montana brings the legalization of recreational marijuana to many counties.

Montanans passed the initiative back in November but that doesn't mean you'll be able to purchase marijuana anywhere in the state.

Those in what are called green counties — where a majority of residents voted in favor, will be allowed to have recreational sales.
But residents of red counties — where voters opted out of legal sales — will not have recreational sales, but still have the ability to make the switch as long as they put it up to a vote.

The Montana law allows for adults over the age of 21 to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana.

There is a 20% state sales tax added to the purchase of recreational marijuana and some localities may have an additional tax.

Marijuana businesses will only be allowed to open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Additionally, Montanans will be allowed to have two mature plants and two seedlings in their home.