The Washington Post called the election with 58% of voters in favor of Initiative 190 and 60% of precincts reporting.
Initiative 190 creates a recreational marijuana market in a state that already has a medical marijuana program expected to draw $60 million-$75 million in sales this year.
A University of Montana study projected the adult-use initiative would generate sales of $217 million in the first year and $234 million in 2024.
- Smokable flower will be permitted.
- A seed-to-sale tracking system will be implemented.
- Montana residency will be required for licensees.
- Marijuana operations will have to be at least 500 feet from churches and schools.
Additionally, local governments looking to ban cannabis businesses would have to get agreement from voters under I-190, a departure from the current MMJ program.