Montana Medical Marijuana Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Montana
On November 2, 2004, 62% of Montana voters approved Initiative 148, which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who possess written documentation from their physicians authorizing the medical use of marijuana. Qualifying patients must register with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and obtain a medical marijuana card. On June 1, 2011, Senate Bill 423 made significant changes to Montana’s existing medical marijuana law. However, on June 30, 2011 the Montana courts put a temporary injunction on many elements of the bill. The MTCIA is currently working on getting enough signatures to ban the bill entirely. These signatures are due on September 30, 2011. We will keep you posted on any new developments.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Montana
- Must be a Montana Resident with a valid Montana I.D. as proof of residency.
- Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
- Obtain a Written Certification from a physician licensed in the state of Montana that you are a qualifying patient. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Montana here.
- If you are applying for marijuana use for chronic pain, you must provide necessary and relevant x-ray, MRI or other diagnostics; OR have a second physician may confirm the chronic pain diagnosis, after performing a physical exam. Download Physician’s Statement for a Chronic Pain Diagnosis here.
- Register with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services by sending your application form, Written Certification and a $25 annual application fee to the address listed below. Patients can download the application form here.Please note that minors who are applying to qualify for medical marijuana on or after June 20, 2011 must have a recommendation from two physicians in order to be on the registry.
- UPDATE: Due to changes with SB 423, all caregivers must now register as “providers.” It’s imperative that growers and caregivers complete the necessary paperwork to become a registered provider. Here’s the application.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Montana?
In Montana, the following debilitating medical conditions can be treated with Medical Cannabis:
a. cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status;
b. cachexia or wasting syndrome;
c. severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician and by:
- objective proof of the etiology of the pain, including relevant and necessary diagnostic tests that may include but are not limited to the results of an x-ray, computerized tomography scan, or magnetic resonance imaging; or
- confirmation of that diagnosis from a second physician who is independent of the treating physician and who conducts a physical examination;
d. intractable nausea or vomiting;
e. epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder;
f. multiple sclerosis;
g. Crohn’s disease;
h. painful peripheral neuropathy;
i. a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms;
j. admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department; or
k. any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition approved by the legislature.
Medical Marijuana Access
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.
According to Montana medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient’s private use and each may possess 4 mature plants, 12 seedlings, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana.. The Montana Medical Marijuana Act does not allow for the purchase or sale of medical cannabis and caregivers must agree to supply cannabis to registered patients for free.
How to Contact the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau 2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953
Helena, MT, 59620-2953
Phone Number: 406-444-2676