Montana Cannabis Dispensary Laws and Licensing Procedures

Updated on November 11, 2020

Montana Cannabis Dispensary Laws and Licensing Procedures

Under the new rules, registered cardholders will no longer be tethered to one individual provider; instead, Montana medical marijuana patients will be able to purchase cannabis from any of the state’s registered dispensaries. Additionally, the new law increases the purchase limit to one ounce of cannabis per day, and no more than five ounces per month.

Below, we’ve summarized the state’s dispensary licensing rules and procedures as they currently stand, and we will update this page as the new laws come into effect.

Retail Cannabis Licensing in Montana

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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is responsible for licensing medical marijuana providers and dispensaries.

In order to obtain a medical marijuana dispensary license in Montana, you must first successfully apply for a provider license. If you intend to manufacture and sell marijuana-infused products, you must apply for a chemical manufacturing endorsement, which is also referred to as a marijuana-infused product provider (MIPP) license.

Once you’ve obtained your provider/MIPP license, you’ll be eligible to apply for a medical marijuana dispensary business license through the DPHHS website.

Providers applying for a license before July 1, 2020, must have resided in Montana for three years, unless the provider was named by a registered cardholder by June 30, 2017.

After July 1, 2020, providers must have resided in Montana for one year before applying for a license.

The fee for a medical marijuana provider license depends on the number of registered cardholders that have listed you as their official provider:

  • For up to 10 cardholders, the fee is $1,000
  • For 11-49 cardholders, the fee is $2,500
  • For 50 or more cardholders, the fee is $5,000

The fee for a chemical manufacturing endorsement (that is, the MIPP license) is $500; you may apply for your provider license and your MIPP at the same time.

The fee for a dispensary license is $500 — however, you may apply for one dispensary license at the same location as your provider/MIPP license at no charge.

Yes. One person may only hold one provider/MIPP license. However, you may apply for multiple dispensary licenses.

Montana Dispensary Laws

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Montana residents who possess a valid medical marijuana registry identification card may purchase cannabis from their listed provider/dispensary.

Under Montana law, a registered medical marijuana cardholder may possess up to one ounce of marijuana flower or its equivalent (eight grams of marijuana concentrate, 800 mg. of THC in infused products/edibles, 16 .5-ml. vape cartridges or eight 1-ml. vape cartridges, or any combination thereof).

Montana dispensaries may not be located within a zone of a city, town, or county where activity related to medical marijuana use is prohibited. Additionally, dispensaries may not be located within 500 feet of any church, synagogue, or other place of worship, or of a school or post-secondary school.

Licensed providers and dispensaries are prohibited from advertising marijuana or marijuana-related products in any medium, including electronic media.

Before selling marijuana flower or other products, providers who hold a dispensary license must verify the validity of the customer’s registry identification card. Additionally, marijuana products must be tested by an approved laboratory or the department of agriculture to ensure product safety and consumer protection.

Cannabis Tracking, Reporting, and Inventory Control in Montana

Every regulated cannabis market has its own tracking and reporting requirements. Find out how Montana monitors commercial cannabis activity here.

Licensed providers/dispensaries are required to track all inventory, transfers, and sales in the official state seed-to-sale tracking system.

Metrc provides statewide marijuana seed-to-sale tracking and reporting in Montana.