By Associated Press
(AP) — The Montana Board of State Canvassers certified the November election results Monday, showing a record number of votes were cast in the state.
The certified results include measures legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, and a legislative referendum that limits local government’s authority to regulate concealed weapons in their jurisdictions.
Starting January 1, 2021, Montanans aged 21 and over will be permitted to possess up to one ounce of marijuana with no more than eight grams in concentrated form. Montana adults will also be permitted to grow up to four plants and four seedlings at home, provided there is no more than eight of each at any single residence. Legal sales are expected to begin in February 2022.
More than 600,000 Montana voters cast ballots in the November election, a record for the state, after most counties determined the elections would be conducted primarily by mail. The state saw a turnout rate of 81%, the highest since 1972.
Greg Gianforte, a Republican, won the governor’s seat. Republican Sen. Steve Daines won reelection, and Republican Matt Rosendale won the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
John Woods The Canadian Press via AP