The Children and Families Interim Committee is a joint bipartisan committee
of the Legislature that meets between legislative sessions to monitor the Department
of Public Health and Human Services; conduct interim studies;
and generally review issues related to health and human services, particularly emerging issues. During this interim,
the committee conducted the Senate Joint Resolution 35 study of health care
and the House Joint Resolution 39 study of community services for people with
developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental illness,
Committee members adopted a work
plan for the interim at their June 2009 meeting. In April 2010, they added a review of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act to their work plan, as an emerging issue.
HRJ 39: Community Services
for Developmentally Disabled
Emerging Issues: Medical Marijuana
The committee decided in April 2010 to take up, as an emerging issue, topics related to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. The committee made the decision because of the questions raised by many people in state and local government, law enforcement, and the medical marijuana industry. The committee asked for recommendations from a work group and then appointed a subcommittee that met three times between late June and mid-August.
The committee approved three bill drafts relating to medical marijuana at its final meeting in August and took public comment specific to the drafts through Sept. 1, for consideration as the final bills are developed. Throughout the period the committee worked on this issue, members received copies of all public comment received electronically and by mail. The committee also received a summary of the public comment received through Aug. 23 at its final meeting of the interim.
The next opportunity for the public to comment will occur when the bills are heard and acted on during the 2011 Legislature.
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