Sheriff Offers Some Clarification on Marijuana Ballot Measure

I have received questions from community members who are confused about Ballot Measure- Initiative Referendum Number 124.

I believe the wording of this Ballot Measure is confusing. 

The original law created an incredible burden on the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.  The 2011 legislature recognized and acknowledged these impacts and amended the law in Senate Bill 423.  This has had a very positive effect on this Office.

If you vote FOR Senate Bill 423, it leaves the law the way it currently is today.

If you vote AGAINST Senate Bill 423, it returns the law to its original form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

The actual ballot language as it appears:

[ ]  FOR Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program.

[ ] AGAINST Senate Bill 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program. A vote against Senate Bill 243 will restore 1-148.

Brian M. Gootkin, Sheriff

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