Montana Medical Marijuana

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Qualifying Conditions

  • Admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable nausea or vomiting
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician

State Agency

Montana Medical Marijuana Program

Physician Certification

A medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy can authorize patients for medical marijuana are required to have a bona fide provider-patient relationship with the patient.


How do patients obtain medical marijuana?

Patients may either grow their own medical marijuana, or obtain it through a provider. Patients designate their preference when they apply to be in the registry.

How much medical marijuana can a patient have?

Patients may possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana. State courts have interpreted “usable marijuana” to be limited to raw cannabis plant material. Extracts and concentrates, and the food items made from them, are not protected under current law.

How many plants can a patient or provider grow?

A patient who has authorization to grow may have up to 12 “seedlings,” and up to 4 mature plants. A seedling is defined as a marijuana plant that is less than 12 inches tall or wide. A “mature” plant is any plant that is larger that that. Providers may have up to 12 seedlings and up to 4 mature plants for each patient they serve.

Does Montana have reciprocity?

No. Only patients who are registered in the state program are legally protected under the medical marijuana laws.

How do patients get into the medical marijuana program?

Residents may register with the program after obtaining a recommendation from a licensed physician. The recommendation — along with an application and a $5.00 fee — is submitted to the state’s regulatory agency, the Department Public Health and Human Services. The registration must be renewed every 12 months.

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