Currently, the only way to acquire cannabis within the state of Montana is with a medicinal marijuana card. Residents of Montana suffering from qualifying conditions are able to apply for a medical marijuana card that allows them to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from licensed dispensaries.
While the list continues to grow, the current qualifying conditions for medicinal marijuana in Montana is as follows: Cachexia or wasting syndrome, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn's disease, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Once a patient has been diagnosed by a licensed physician with one or more of the conditions above, they most obtain legitimate medical records as proof of the diagnosis. Patients must submit a signed physician's statement from the physician along with the Montana Medical Marijuana Program Application form, and a $75 fee to:
Montana Department of Health and Human Services
Medical Marijuana Program
2401 Colonial Drive, 2nd floor
P.O Box 202953
Once the application has been approved and the patient has received their medical marijuana card they will be permitted to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to cultivate four mature plants, up to 12 seedlings.
It's important to keep in mind that the transporting of any amount of cannabis across state lines is illegal, even for those with medical marijuana cards. Patients must also remember that employers still reserve the right to hold drug tests on employees and terminate those who fail even if said employee holds a medical marijuana card. Medical marijuana cards do not protect you from drug-related termination.
As the laws that were voted on in the November election begin to take effect, it's important to stay aware of the current rules and regulations concerning all cannabis laws in the state of Montana.