Montana Bill criminalizes ‘obscene’ material to minors by schools, libraries

In Montana, the legislature is considering a bill that makes distributing ‘obscene’ material to minors a crime; it focuses on libraries and other government institutions. This is only news in North Dakota because a very similar bill is moving through the ND Legislature.¬†We sometimes think of ourselves as the only place struggling with these issues,

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City of Helena absorbs curbside recycling rate hikes for Helena residents, Rates on the Increase

Resident recyclers of Helena, Montana receive city-subsidized recycling rates, and both the rate and the subsidy are increasing in 2023. The cost for the City for the remainder of 2023 will be $16 per month, the cost to the resident will be ~$8 per month with the City of Helena subsidizing the difference. Both the

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Montana weed sales estimated at $300M in recreational industry’s first year

In 2021, Montana voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana. The law took effect on January 1, 2022, and the first-year data has come in. In the first 365 days, Montanan’s purchased $300 million in marijuana, more than double the state’s high-end projections. Purchases raised nearly $35 million in taxes. Get the full story from the Helena

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