Montana Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions

Montana Medical Marijuana FAQ


Is CBD Legal in Montana?

Montana has an interesting history with marijuana, THC, and CBD. In Montana, marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational usage. CBD also happens to be entirely legal in the state. However, certain requirements need to be followed when it comes to things like CBD oil in Montana.

The laws regarding hemp-derived CBD are stricter than marijuana-derived CBD products interestingly. There isn’t a possession limit for hemp-derived CBD products, but they must comply with state law. This means that they have to contain less than 0.3% of THC.

Are You Allowed to Order CBD Online in Montana?

You should not have any problem ordering CBD online if you are a resident of Montana. As long as it is CBD that follows the rules above when it comes to the amount of THC in the product, it is entirely legal to order.

You should be able to find a range of options for products that contain CBD. In Montana, CBD gummies and oils are both popular choices. You can find online options for purchasing these types of products and others. These can be helpful for those who may want the calming effects and benefits of CBD rather than the psychoactive effects that THC can provide.

Can You Buy Recreational Weed in Montana?

Medicinal marijuana has been available in Montana for many years. It was a ballot initiative that was approved with 62% of the popular vote in 2004. In 2011, there was an attempted repeal, which was vetoed by the governor. It wasn’t until 2020 that the adult-use initiative was brought before the voters.

In Montana, recreational weed passed in November of 2020. Starting in January of 2021, those who were over the age of 21 could possess up to one ounce of marijuana that they use.

Of course, there are still rules and regulations regarding Montana cannabis. It is not legal to consume or possess marijuana in public. Keep in mind that this applies to medical marijuana, as well as recreational marijuana. There are other locations where it is illegal, as well, including federal lands and waters. This is because those locations fall under federal jurisdiction. Marijuana, medical or not, is still illegal at the federal level.

However, it’s important to note that adult-use marijuana laws do not apply across the state. While these sales became legal on January 1, 2022, they were only made legal in counties that voted yes on the I-190 ballot initiative. In counties that voted no, there can be no adult sales.

Something else to know regarding Montana marijuana is that cultivation does not become legal until July 1, 2023. Until that point, only licensed medical marijuana providers are allowed.

How to Get Medical Marijuana Card in Montana?

To get a Montana medical marijuana card, you need to be a resident of the state, and you need to have at least one of the qualifying conditions in the program. The following are qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Montana.

If you have at least one of these conditions, it may be possible for you to get a medical marijuana card. Having one of these cards can make it easier for you to find high-quality marijuana and buying from a dispensary is often a better and more affordable solution.

How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana?

If you are at least 18, you can apply on your own. If you are a minor, though, you are going to need to have a caregiver apply on your behalf. You will also need to fill out a Montana medical marijuana card application.

In addition, you are going to need to have a clear photo of yourself that has not been altered. A passport-like photo will work well. You also need to have a copy of your driver’s license or an MT state ID or MT tribal ID. If you are a minor, you will need to have a copy of one of your legal guardian’s IDs.

Of course, you will also need to have a signed physician’s statement that qualifies you for one of the medical conditions discussed above.

Once you get the card, it will be valid for a full year. At that point, you will need to have it renewed. 

Can a Felon Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana?

One of the common questions that get asked by those who are seeking a medical marijuana card is whether they can get one if they have a criminal record. Fortunately, you will likely have no problem getting a medical marijuana card in Montana whether you have misdemeanors or felonies on your record.

While this seems as though it should be the standard response for all states, that is certainly not the case. There are some locations—Illinois and Iowa—that do not allow felons to obtain medical cannabis.

However, there could be restrictions when it comes to caregivers with felony convictions. A caregiver is someone who is legally allowed to purchase marijuana for a qualified patient. The state often restricts who can be a caregiver based on criminal records. They don’t want someone to steal the medical marijuana that is supposed to go to the patient.

Where to Get Weed in Montana?

If you are going to buy weed in Montana, you will have a lot of options available thanks to the many dispensaries located around the state. You can look up those dispensaries to find which ones are available in your area or within a (hopefully) short drive.

Also, adults are allowed to grow up to two mature marijuana plants and two seedlings for private use in their private residences. The plans must not be visible to the public. This could be a good option for those who would rather grow their own instead of buy.

How Much Weed Can I Buy in Montana?

Individual cardholders are allowed to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana on their person. They are allowed to purchase up to 5 ounces for each 30-day period. While they are allowed to purchase that much weed per month, it has to all be for them. They are not allowed to then distribute the weed to others, even if those other people have a medical marijuana card. They are only allowed to buy through a dispensary in Montana.

Are There Recreational Dispensaries in Montana?

Yes, there are options for recreational dispensaries in Montana. Since the adult-use law came into effect in January of 2022, some medical dispensaries have started to sell to recreational users.

It is important to understand that not all medical dispensaries will provide for recreational use, though. You will want to contact the store ahead of time to ensure they can sell you what you need, whether it is medical or recreational.

  • Is medical marijuana legal in Montana? What about recreational cannabis?

    Yes, medical marijuana is legal in Montana for qualifying cardholders. 


    Adult-use, or recreational cannabis, was just recently passed for legalization at the end of 2020, coming into effect on January 1, 2021, for those 21 and older. 

  • Who can obtain a medical marijuana card?

    To obtain a Montana medical marijuana card, you must be an in-state resident and have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions listed in the program. Those who are 18 and older can apply on their own, but minors must have a caregiver apply on their behalf. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions necessary to get your MMJ card in Montana?

    The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Montana are:


    • Admittance into hospice
    • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome 
    • Cancer
    • Central nervous pain disorder resulting in chronic, painful muscle spasms
    • Chronic pain that is persistent and significantly interferes with daily activities 
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Epilepsy or any other intractable seizure disorder
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS when it results in symptoms that seriously affect a patient’s health
    • Intractable nausea or vomiting
    • Multiple sclerosis 
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • What documents are required to receive your medical card?

    To receive your medical card, you will need to submit:


    • A clear, passport-like photo of yourself that is not altered in any way
    • Copy of driver’s license, MT state ID, or MT Tribal ID 
      • For minors, they will need a copy of the legal guardian’s ID
    • Signed physician’s statement qualifying you for a debilitating medical condition

  • How long is the card valid for?

    Your Montana MMJ card is valid for up to one year depending on your physician’s recommendation. After that, the card must be renewed or it is no longer acceptable.

  • How much is the application fee?

    The first time you register for your medical card, you will have to pay a fee of $30. If you lose your card and require a replacement, the fee for this will be $10.

  • Where can you buy/consume medical cannabis in Montana?

    Medical patients can only purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries across the state. You can consume cannabis in the safety of your own private residence, but consumption anywhere public is completely prohibited. Operating any sort of vehicle while under the influence of medical cannabis is illegal, as well. 

  • What are the possession limits for medical cannabis?

    Medical patients are legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time.

  • Can you go into a dispensary without a medical card in Montana?

    Yes, you can go into a dispensary without a medical card to purchase hemp-derived CBD products only.

  • Does Montana allow out-of-state patients to purchase at licensed dispensaries?

    No, there is no reciprocity in Montana. 

  • Does Montana test their cannabis products?

    Yes, all cannabis products in Montana must be subject to lab testing to ensure there is no presence of unnatural/unhealthy additives, and that their cannabinoid contents adhere to state law. 

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