Bill would delay sales of recreational marijuana in Montana by one year

HELENA — A state lawmaker wants to delay the sale of voter-approved recreational marijuana in Montana until 2023, saying he doubts the state can be ready to implement the massive new program by late this year.

“It’s an implementation time frame that doesn’t make any sense,” Rep. Bill Mercer, R-Billings, told MTN News Saturday. “I wonder if the voters had any idea when they adopted this initiative that they were going to increase the state bureaucracy by 100 people within nine months.”