The state of Montana has seen significant legislative changes in its marijuana laws in 2023. These changes have implications for both medical and adult-use marijuana. The “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act” plays a crucial role in structuring these new regulations.
Starting from January 1, 2022, until July 1, 2023, only Montana medical marijuana licensees who were licensed on November 3, 2020, or had an application pending with DPHHS on that date, may be issued a license for the cultivation, manufacture, or sale of adult-use marijuana. The Cannabis Control Division has outlined several amendments and clarifications in the laws during Montana’s 2023 legislative session, which impact cannabis regulation.
Notably, the purpose of the “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act” is to provide for legal possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older and to establish a framework for the licensure and regulation of marijuana businesses. This act also addresses the measurement of single-serve edible marijuana products and provides for a probationary license for testing laboratories.
The legal marijuana industry in Montana has grown significantly, employing thousands of workers and contributing to the state’s economy. As of 2023, medical and adult-use marijuana is legal for purchase by individuals 21 and over in Montana. However, the state still grapples with an illegal segment of the marijuana market.
For those interested in the regulatory changes, the Montana Department of Revenue provides comprehensive information and resources. The department accepted online claims until 11:59pm on October 2, 2023, and will accept paper claims postmarked by this date for various marijuana-related issues.
It’s important for stakeholders and interested parties in Montana to stay informed about these changes to navigate the legal landscape effectively. For further details, refer to the Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, Adult-Use Marijuana FAQs, and other resources provided by the Montana Department of Revenue and the Health Alert Network.