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Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $103,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $148,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Medical cannabis businesses considered essential and allowed to remain open. https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177 }}

Voters re-approved medical cannabis in the state in Nov. 2016. Dispensaries were supposed to not open until June 2017, but a Montana court ruled that they may reopen immediately. Montana used to have an established medical cannabis dispensary program, but a court ruling upholding a severe state law dismantled the dispensaries, by limiting the maximum number of patients to 3; that portion of the law is now repealed. Patient applications have surged since the election. A registered cardholder who has named a provider may possess up to 1 ounce of useable marijuana. A registered cardholder who has not named a provider may possess up to 4 mature plants, 12 seedlings, and 1 ounce of useable marijuana. 

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Department of Public Health and Human Services )

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): No limit (0 issued; however, old ones were allowed to reopen via court order [exact number operating under these terms not available) [Note there are over 100 caretakers with less than 3 patients still currently ‘dispensing’]

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): No limit. (0 issued)

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): No limit. (0 issued)

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): No limit. (0 issued)

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: None specified

Application Fee: 
Cardholder application fee: $30
(Others not yet known)

Licensing Fees: 
Cardholder renewal fee: $30
Dispensary License: $500
Laboratory License: $2,000

“License fees for providers and marijuana-infused products providers may not exceed $1,000 for 10 or fewer registered cardholders or $5,000 for more than 10 registered cardholders. A provider of both marijuana and marijuana-infused products is required to have only one license. (3) License fees for testing labs may not exceed $1,200” (Regulations will have more details.)

Residency Requirements: 
Must be a Montana resident to apply for a license (no time period yet specified). May have a financial interest if a resident for less than a year.

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
a. Cancer, glaucoma or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status; 
b. Cachexia or wasting syndrome 
c. Severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician 
d. Intractable nausea or vomiting 
e. Epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
f. Multiple sclerosis 
g. Crohn’s disease 
h. Painful peripheral neuropathy
i. A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms
j. Admittance into hospice care 
k. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

Testing Required: 
Will be when new laws go into effect


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