Montana Medical Marijuana Program

Inspections

General Information

  • Inspections are required before any new license or renewal will be granted.
  • Inspections will be completed at every licensed facility at least once a year.
  • Inspections may occur throughout the year to include but not limited to:
    • Unannounced inspections - Inspector shows up for inspection without notification
    • Complaint inspections - a focused inspection centralized on complaints received by the Department
    • Compliance inspections - inspection assessing compliance through all licenses.
    • Renewal - A compliance inspection to assess whether a license is complying and able to renew for another year.
    • Follow-up inspections - conducted about 30 days after other inspections to ensure non-compliant items identified are now compliant
    • Pre-licensing - conducted prior to a new facility being licensed.
    • Update - can be conducted for a variety of reasons i.e. address update, canopy tier increase
    • Inspectors will contact a licensee via phone or email to schedule inspections unless an unannounced inspection is being conducted.
  • New licenses
    • Regional Inspectors will be sent completed applications for review.
      • Inspectors will verify local jurisdictional requirements, property information, and business entity information before scheduling inspection.
      • If any of the information provided on the application is wrong or inconsistent, the application will not move forward.
    • Inspectors will schedule a pre-licensing at the prospective location.
      • To pass inspection, the location must have all applicable documentation, signs, standard operating procedures, and square footage equipped for cultivation*. Requirements are outlined in the provided checklist**.
      • If the location includes a marijuana infused products provider (MIPP) license, equipment will be required to be on-site and approved for processing by a local fire code official***. No MIPP license will be approved without this.
  • Post inspection
    • After the inspection is completed the Provider will receive a statement of deficiencies/plan of correction from their inspector.
      • The Provider is required to respond to the deficiencies in the provided area and send this form back to their inspector within 30 days of the document being sent. If a response is not received within the 30 days, the department will assume that the deficiencies have not been corrected.
      • If no deficiencies are identified, the form will indicate as such and the license will move forward
    • Once the written response is received from the provider, the Inspector will review the response to assure it aligns with statute as now being compliant.
      • If the corrections can be verified through photo evidence in the written response, a Department response will be sent approving or denying the correction within 10 days.
        • If corrections are approved the license will move forward.
        • If corrections are denied an alternate plan of correction will be sent from the Department. License will not move forward until compliance is met.
      • If the corrections cannot be verified through photo evidence a follow-up inspection will be schedule within 10 days of the plan of correction being received by the Department.
      •  A written response will follow the follow-up inspection within 10 days, approving or denying correction.
        • If corrections are approved license will move forward
        • If corrections are denied an alternate plan of correction will be sent from the Department. License will not move forward until compliance is met.
  • Providers are responsible for knowing all applicable Laws and Administrative Rules.

*square footage equipped for cultivation means that the space is ready for cultivation.

**Provided checklist outlines what inspectors will be looking for. Perspective providers will not have access to Metrc tracking until after approved for licensure.

***ARM 37.107.204(2)A licensee with a chemical manufacturing endorsement must:(g) have equipment and facilities used in processing approved for use by the local fire code official.

Forms and Resources

Inspection Regions