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These frequently asked questions (FAQs) will provide answers to questions about the Montana Marijuana Program (MMP).  Several terms that commonly evoke questions are defined here for your convenience.  Other definitions can be found in 50-46-302, Montana Code Annotated. Questions are grouped by Registered Cardholders, Providers, and Physicians.


  1. Marijuana Infused Products Provider (MIPP): means a Montana resident who meets the requirements of the law, and who has applied for and received a registry ID card to manufacture and provide marijuana-infused products for a registered cardholder.
  2. Provider: means a Montana resident, 18 years or older, who is authorized by the department to assist a registered cardholder (as allowed by law) to obtain marijuana.
  3. Registered cardholder: means a Montana resident with a debilitating medical condition who has received and maintains a valid registry ID card.
  4. Resident: means a person who meets the requirements of the law and who does not claim residency in another state or country for any purposes.  An absentee property owner who pays property tax in Montana is not resident.
  5. 2nd Degree of Kinship (by blood or marriage): means a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent-in-law, grandchild-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepson, stepdaughter, stepgrandparent or stepgrandchild.
  6. Seedling:  means a marijuana plant that has no flowers and is less than 12 inches in height and 12 inches in diameter.

The FAQs provided herein are intended to provide general information only.  These FAQs should not be construed as a legal opinion or as legal advice.  Interested individuals are encouraged to seek professional private legal counsel in interpreting the Montana Marijuana Act and any related judicial determinations.

How do I get a card?

If you are cultivating or manufacturing marijuana for your own use and the property where this marijuana is cultivated or manufactured is rented or leased, a completed Landlord Permission Form must also be included.

  • Incomplete application packets will be returned with explanation.

How long does it take to get a card?

Applications are processed in the date order received.  (All mail received in one day is completed before going on to the mail that was received the next day.)  The processing time between when an application is received and when a card is mailed out is determined by the number of applications received.  Once all completed application material is received, cards will be printed and mailed.  An individual is not considered a valid cardholder until the Montana Marijuana Program card is in their possession.

How long is my card valid?

Registered cardholder’s cards expire on the expiration date printed on the card.  Cards are valid for one year unless a shorter time period is specified by the doctor on the physician statement form.  Cardholders must carry their registry card with them at all times, along with a picture ID.

I am not a Montana resident; can I get a card?

No.  Individuals must be a Montana resident to apply to be a registered cardholder or a provider.  The application requires a copy of the applicant’s valid Montana driver’s license or Montana State issued ID card.

Where do I get marijuana?

The department has no advice on obtaining marijuana.

How do I get a provider?

The department cannot give out information on providers.  

Where can I get materials and marijuana seeds or cuttings to get started?

The department does not have information about growing marijuana but recommends using family and friends as resources to find information.

How many plants can I have if I’m on the Montana Marijuana Registry?

Registered cardholders are limited to 12 seedlings (<12”), 4 mature flowering plants, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana.  If a registered cardholder assigns a provider, they cannot grow for themselves.

If I grow my own marijuana, do I need to have a background check? Will my name be on a list given to law enforcement?

No. If registered cardholders are growing marijuana for their use only, they do not need to have a background check and their name will not be on a list given to law enforcement. Law enforcement can call the department to verify that individuals are registered cardholders or providers.

Can my minor child be on the registry?

Yes, if all the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • A parent or legal guardian of a minor child may apply for the minor child to be on the registry by:
    • completing the Minor Registered Card Application
    • being approved as a Marijuana Infused Products Provider (MIPP) (submit a provider application, an application fee, and your fingerprints to the department for determination of MIPP eligibility)
  • A completed Physician Statement for Minors is approved and signed by two doctors

I am under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (or a youth court), can I be on the Marijuana Program?

No, individuals under the supervision of the Department of corrections or a youth court are not eligible to be on the Montana Marijuana Program.

If I have a card and get convicted of a crime what happens?

The registry card can be revoked.

Can I still have a card if I am convicted of a DUI?

If a cardholder’s driver’s license is revoked for DUI, the registered cardholder and/or provider’s marijuana card must be surrendered and will not be reissued until the DUI revocation period has ended.

Can a temporary driver’s license be used when submitting application materials?

Yes, a temporary driver’s license can be used for identification.

Can I be tested for marijuana if I am pulled over?

Registered cardholders who drive may be required (through a search warrant) to provide a blood sample, if they are suspected of driving under the influence.  Probable cause is required.

I live in a rented house. Can I grow my own marijuana here?

Any cardholder or provider applicant must submit a signed and notarized Landlord Permission Form with their application materials if marijuana is to be cultivated and/or manufactured at a rental or leased property.

How can I make sure my application is processed as quickly as possible?

Make sure you:

  • Complete all required portions of the application.
  • Submit a complete original Physician's statement.
  • Include copies of current Montana State ID
  • Do not call to check your application status for 30 days from the date we receive your application.

When do the final administrative rules go into effect?

The new rules will go into effect on April 10, 2018.

When do providers have to comply with the new rules?

Providers will need to be compliant with the new rules beginning April 10, 2018.  Providers are not required to register in the Complia/METRC system until their annual renewal date, but they are expected to be compliant with all laws and administrative rules even if they are not in the new seed-to- sale tracking system.  This includes, but is not limited to testing, labeling, packaging, signage and waste management.

When do providers have to register in the new METRC seed to sale program?

Providers are required to register on their annual renewal date or by December 31, 2018.  Providers can register prior to their renewal dates.  The Department encourages providers to register early.

When will the new registration and seed-to-sale program be available?

The new registration system, Complia, and the seed-to-sale tracking system, METRC, will be available on April 2, 2018.

Can I send in a paper application if I want to be a new provider?

No.  The Department is no longer accepting any paper applications and will not accept any new provider applications until the system is live on April 2, 2018.  We will continue to process renewal applications if they were postmarked by February 28, 2018.

How do providers label product if it has not been tested?

If a product has not been tested, it will need to be labeled that it has not been tested.

What are the residency requirements for new medical marijuana providers?

If a provider is applying for a license before July 1, 2020 they must have resided in Montana for  three years except if the provider or marijuana-infused products provider was named by a registered cardholder by June 30, 2017.  On or after July 1, 2020, the provider must have resided in Montana for one  year.  The Department may ask for additional information to prove residency for new providers. 

How much is the license fee for medical marijuana providers?

License fees are based on the number of patients the provider is serving.

Caretaker Relative - $100
1-10 patients - $1,000
11-50 patients - $2,500
50 + patients - $5,000

Do I have to register as a provider if I am growing for someone in my immediate family who lives with me?

Yes.  There is a caretaker relative provider option when registering in Complia. 

Can I have more than one licensed grow location?

Yes.  The new seed-to-sale system will allow you to register more than one grow location.  You will need to pay the licensing fee for each location.  The licensing fee is based on the number of patients the location is serving.

1-10 patients - $1,000
11-50 patients - $2,500
50 + patients - $5,000

Will law enforcement have access to Medical Marijuana data?

Yes.  The Department of Justice has been given limited access to Complia/METRC.  Access is limited to read only access to verify cardholder registrations and provider transport manifests.

What are the growing limitations and how much product can I have on hand for my patients?

Under the new law, SB 333, and administrative rules, a provider can have one canopy space per licensed card holder.  A canopy space can be up to 50 square feet.  A provider can have on hand the amount of product produced within the canopy for the patient as long as the plants and product are entered and tracked in the METRC seed-to-sale program.

Can I have more than one dispensary?

Yes.  If the dispensary is at the same location as your registered grow, you will not be charged the dispensary fee.  If your dispensary is at a different location you will be charged the dispensary fee.  You can have dispensaries at multiple locations.  The license fee for a dispensary is $500.00 for each location.

Do I need a point of sale (POS) system in addition to METRC?

A licensee can input sales data directly into METRC through the user interface, but most licensees prefer to purchase 3rd party POS from providers using the METRC API (Application Programming Interface) or CSV (Comma-Separated Values) upload functions.  For a list of Montana approved POS systems, please visit https://www.metrc.com/montana.

Can a separate company be employed by a provider or Marijuana Infused Products Provider (MIPP) to provider services such as chemical manufacturing or infused product manufacturing?

Until such time as the inventory tracking system and licensing program is implemented and operating efficiently, the Department cannot consider approving licenses or endorsements that appear to create third party contracting arrangements.

Can I advertise my medical marijuana business or services?

No. MCA 50-46-341 prohibits advertising marijuana products in any medium.

50-46-341. Advertising prohibited. Persons with licenses and individuals with valid registry identification cards may not advertise marijuana or marijuana-related products in any medium, including electronic media.

Do I have to have my existing product tested?

No.  You will be allowed to enter existing inventory into METRC.  Existing inventory does not need to be tested.  Product harvested after April 10, 2018 will need to be tested. 

Will the Department provide training for METRC?

Yes.  METRC Level 1 Training must be completed prior to applying for a business license. To enroll or verify if training is complete, contact METRC Support, (877) 566-6506.

I have a question that isn’t addressed in this FAQ. How can I add my question(s)?

Please submit your question to mtmarijuanaprogram@mt.gov and we will do our best to provide a response. If you have a question, it’s likely others will have the same question. Please submit your question, and we will do our best to include a response with this document.

What are the debilitating conditions, for which I can recommend marijuana for my patients?

The debilitating conditions for which you can recommend marijuana include:

  • 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;
  • cachexia or wasting syndrome;
  • severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient's treating physician   
  • intractable nausea or vomiting;
  • epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • Crohn's disease;
  • painful peripheral neuropathy;
  • a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms;
  • admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department;
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; or
  • any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition approved by the legislature.

Where will I find the department physician forms?

Forms for physicians, registered cardholder applicants and provider applicants are available on the website at http://dphhs.mt.gov/marijuana