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Senate backs embattled medical marijuana overhaul


Senate backs embattled medical marijuana overhaul

STEPHEN DOCKERY ,Associated Press

HELENA — The Senate has backed a medical marijuana reform bill in an initial vote.

But the proposal still faces hurdles as lawmakers struggle with one of the session's biggest issues.

The 38-12 vote Wednesday indicated support for the plan. A final vote scheduled later Wednesday will require the support of two-thirds of the chamber to ensure passage to the House. That means at least 34 senators must vote yes for it to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann says Senate Bill 423 is a work in progress...

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