"Do we as a state want to drive people to the legal market or the illicit market?" Rep. Matt Regier, R-Kalispell, said.
"People shouldn't be voting on it, based on (where tax revenues go)," said Steve Zabawa, who opposes marijuana legalization. "People should be voting on whether or not they want recreational marijuana."
The question of weed legalization grew more dynamic this week, as proponents gained the support of public lands groups and opponents filed a complaint over a "dark money" group.
Opposition to a recreational cannabis campaign cropped up for the first time this week, less than eight weeks from the general election, headed up by a familiar face with a new brand.
Viewers of local news broadcasts, Family Feud, Judge Judy, Ellen and This Is Us will all get to know New Approach Montana's pro-marijuana messaging beginning October 13.
A pro-cannabis campaign kicks off a drive on Saturday seeking the more than 50,000 signatures needed to put the question of legalization to Montana voters.
State attorneys this week urged a District Court judge to reject a group's proposal to gather signatures for a recreational marijuana ballot initiative through electronic means.