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HELENA — Here's a list of some major medical marijuana bills introduced so far at the 2011 Legislature and their status:


House Bill 19, by Rep. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, to clarify that the Clean Indoor Air Act applies to smoking of medical marijuana. Passed the House and a Senate committee and awaits Senate floor action.


HB43, by Rep. Gary MacLaren, R-Victor, clarifying the employer's rights related to employees' use of medical marijuana. Passed House and awaits Senate committee hearing.


HB68, by Sands, to revise the voter-passed law and create a licensing and regulatory structure for the industry. Heard in House committee but not yet acted on. As a revenue measure, it faces a later transmittal deadline.


HB82, by Sands, to require reporting of complaints on physicians' practices related to medical marijuana, passed House and awaits Senate committee hearing.


HB161, by Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, to repeal the state's medical marijuana law. Passed the House and awaits Senate committee hearing.


HB175, by Rep. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, to submit a repeal of the Medical Marijuana Act to Montana voters in 2012. Not yet heard in House committee, but has a later transmittal deadline as a referendum bill.


HB185, by Rep. Tom Berry, R-Roundup, to ban synthetic marijuana. Passed House and awaits Senate hearing.


HB389, by Rep. Pat Noonan, D-Ramsay, to require a warning label on marijuana sold for medical use. Approved by House committee, but not yet acted on by full House. Still alive because it has a financial impact.


HB429, by Berry, to revise medical marijuana procedures to greatly limit who is eligible for a card by requiring a doctor's and then a judge's approval to get a card. Approved by House committee, but not yet acted on by House. Still alive because it has a budget impact.


HB488, by Rep. Jerry O'Neil, R-Columbia Falls, to limit medical marijuana smoking to a person's home, but not allowing it to be done in the presence of children. Tabled in House committee and missed transmittal deadline.


SB154, by Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, to regulate the medical marijuana supply system and tax it. Heard by a Senate committee, where Lewis said he wants to amend out the tax and otherwise revise it, but not yet acted on. Still alive because it is a revenue measure.


SB170, by Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, to require a three-physician panel to endorse a doctor's recommendation that a patient get a medical marijuana card for chronic pain. Heard by Senate committee but not acted on by Senate. Status uncertain.


SB193, by Sen. Gene Vuckovich, D-Anaconda, to revise medical marijuana laws. Heard in Senate committee, but not yet acted on by Senate. Still alive because it has a revenue impact.


SB334, by Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, to repeal the legality of medical marijuana. Tabled at sponsor's request and failed to meet transmittal deadline.


SB336, by Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, to authorize the use of medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disease. Voted out of Senate committee but re-referred to the committee. Status uncertain.


Several other proposed bills are awaiting to be drafted.





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