Recareational Cannabis is Legal in Montana

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal in Montana: Here Are the Details - January 05, 2022

Finally, after a long year of preparation and planning, recreational marijuana sale is now legal in Montana! Montana residents are filled with joy and are waiting for their turn to purchase cannabis products. But how much can you possess or purchase in the state with the legalization? Read on to know the details.

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Montana

The state of Montana passed the Montana Initiative 190 or Montana I-190 back in November 2020 bringing certain adult-use marijuana laws into effect. Though the state legalized marijuana in January, 2021, it does not imply that all the counties are allowed to participate in the sales. People in green counties who voted in favor of the initiative will be allowed recreational sales whereas people in red counties who opted out of the sales, will not be given the permission to participate.

Other important factors of the current law includes the following:

  • The adult-use marijuana laws permit an individual above 21 years of age to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana.
  • Montana residents will also be allowed to have two mature plants and two seedlings in their private space.
  • Consumption and possession of cannabis in public (on federal lands and water) whether medical or recreational, is not allowed.
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis still remains prohibited.
  • The law also added a 20% sales tax on the purchase of recreational cannabis and some localities might introduce additional taxes.
  • Recreational marijuana shops will be allowed to operate from 9 a.m to 8 p.m.

Recreational Marijuana Is Not for All Montana Counties

As mentioned earlier, the Montana state is seen in two ways – green counties and red counties. This all comes down to the negotiations that were done at the time of the recreational marijuana initiative discussion in the 2021 legislative session. Back then, the lawmakers had introduced House Bill 701 asking for the support of I-190.

Counties that supported the use of recreational cannabis were automatically allowed in the sales, however, counties that did not give a green signal to I-190, will not have to hold an additional public vote in order to get allowed for recreational marijuana.

Well, the main point here is that the counties also have the opportunity to switch from red to green by circulating a petition. And it could be both for the legalization of recreational marijuana and prohibition of the marijuana business.

Medical Marijuana Users Are Now Concerned

medical marijuana in Montana

The legalization of recreational marijuana has become a concerning subject for medical marijuana users. A bunch of questions and doubts are looming over their heads. Some of the medical card holders are assuming that the legalization will result in a shortage of marijuana supply, affecting their cannabis needs. Not only this, but the introduction of 20% sales tax on adult-use marijuana purchase also poses a threat to the existing medical marijuana taxes, says medical cannabis patients.

Another point was raised about the division of cannabis into the concept of medical and recreational. A few of the folks wonder why marijuana is classified into medical and recreational when everybody knows that the majority of users use the plant for medical purposes only, be it just for body relaxation.

Also, with the rising trend of recreational marijuana, some people think that it will influence the importance of medical marijuana programs and the laws regarding possession and pricing might see a drastic change in the future.

More About Medical Marijuana Laws in Montana

Medical cannabis was legalized in Montana in the year 2004 after a ballot initiative ( The Montana Medical Marijuana Act) was approved by 62 % of the popular vote.

To use medical cannabis, it is mandatory for a patient to have a medical marijuana card or an MMJ card. To get the rec letter, one needs to have one of the qualifying medical conditions (stated by the state of Montana) and other necessary medical documents if required. Upon the payment of the registration fee, you can get your MMIC card (Medical Marijuana Identification Card) from the department of health within a few weeks of the successful registration. You can read the whole process here.

The legalization allowed medical marijuana users with a medical marijuana card to:

  • Possess up to an ounce of usable cannabis.
  • Grow up to four mature plants and up to 12 seedlings (If authorized by a healthcare provider and local authority)
  • Get high-quality and more potent cannabis products
  • Get discounts on sales tax on marijuana products

Qualifying Medical Conditions in Montana

Below are the qualifying medical conditions for the medical cannabis treatment stated by the state of Montana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Epilepsy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzhiemer’s
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Severe chronic pain
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Any other medical condition approved by the legislature

Final Thoughts

The scope of cannabis is widening with more and more states opting for the legalization of both medical and recreational cannabis. Montana becomes another state to legalize recreational marijuana allowing its red counties to take advantage of the act and fulfil their recreational needs. It is good to know that states are acknowledging the potential of plant cannabis in the treatment of different medical conditions, paving the way for its more detailed and structured research.

Lack of clear evidence on cannabis and its long-term potential is what is resisting the federal government and other states to take it as one of their health programs. That is why it is important that the government provides the scientific community with the funds to conduct more studies on medical cannabis. Until then, the responsible use of marijuana is advised by the experts.

Iris Hall

Driven by passion, Iris is a content marketer who writes about cannabis, SEO, technology, thought leadership, skincare, health, lifestyle, and a lot more. She is generating content for various companies at the moment and she loves researching CBD and other cannabinoids. In her free time, you will find her strumming to the tunes of a beautiful song.

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