Montana’s state government is working on a marijuana bill that could legalize the drug.
The bill, which is expected to be debated this week, would create a commission to advise the state’s governor on a variety of issues.
Steve Bullock has been outspoken about his support for legalizing marijuana, which he called the “only real solution to a very serious and pressing health problem.”
He told a gathering of conservative groups earlier this year that he supported a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Montana.
Montana is one of just two states in the nation that have legalized marijuana for medical use.
That means the state has the most medical marijuana patients per capita in the U.S., according to the Washington Post.
Bullock has also taken a hard line on drugs, including in recent years, when he signed an executive order to crack down on the opioid crisis.
The governor’s office says he has cut off funding to states that have not legalized marijuana.
Montanas most recent marijuana bill passed the state House on Tuesday, but it was pulled from consideration by the Senate.
Montanans are currently barred from possessing or growing marijuana, but they are allowed to use the drug for medical purposes.
The state has passed laws allowing dispensaries and growers to open, and the governor’s staff says they are preparing to issue licenses.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.