Medical Marijuana Law Montana


Montana Laws


Back in 2004 Montana approved the medical use of cannabis to treat certain ailments and medical conditions. The measure was approved by 62% of Montana voters. Card-carrying patients are permitted to ingest, possess and cultivate their own cannabis. Montana permits the use of medical marijuana to treat any of the following conditions:

  • Cachexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea (associated with chemotherapy)
  • Legalities:

    Montana's medical marijuana program states that patients/caregivers are not permitted to cultivate an amount greater than 4 mature (flowering) cannabis plants and 12 plants in the vegetative state. However, patients and their caregivers are restricted to possession of just 1 ounce of cannabis. Additionally, patients cannot combine their gardens to increase the amount of plants that may be cultivated, unless the patients are related by blood or are married.

    For additional information on medical marijuana in Montana contact the Montana Department of Health and Human Services at


    Penalties for recreational use/possession/sale of marijuana in Montana range from moderate to severe. A first-time offender guilty of possessing less than 60 grams of marijuana will face a misdemeanor with up to 6 month jail time and $500 in fines. A second-time offender guilty of possessing the same amount will face a misdemeanor with up to 3 years incarceration and a $1,000 fine. Possessing an amount greater than 60 grams is a felony in Montana, punishable by 5 years and a $50,000 fine. Possession with intent to distribute any amount of cannabis is a felony that holds a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

    Sale of any amount in Montana is a felony offense that ranges from 1 year in prison to LIFE, depending on the amount. Fines are $50,000 for all offenses of sale or delivery. Sale or delivery of any amount from an adult to a minor is 2 years to LIFE in prison and is a felony offense. Any sale or delivery within 1,000 feet of a school is also a felony with 3 years to LIFE in prison. Note that the 1-year, 2-year and 3-year penalties are mandatory minimum sentences.

    Cultivation of either 1 pound of marijuana or 30 plants is a felony, with up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. A second offense will result in a sentence of two times the amount served the first time and a $100,000 fine.

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    Guest | Nov 21, 2013
    Marijuana is a plant! there should be no laws for it just like any other plant
    Guest | Aug 30, 2013
    Just go to a caregiver simple
    Guest | Aug 30, 2013
    It's called start a new plant every two weeks that's twelve weeks. It only takes 65 days total "from germ to harvest"then dry cure done 7 days dry 2weeks cure umm
    Guest | May 24, 2012
    There are many people who cannot grow there own marijuana for many reasons. Those who can grow should be able to supply other medical marijuana patients who cannot grow. Simple. Therefore the grower should keep his oz. and share the rest with medical patients who can complete the drying process to make it all legal. If I read the law correct. It is 1 oz of usable marijuana. Marijuana needs to be at least dried to be used.
    lindzzz | May 15, 2011
    I think that this is the same issue as some of the other states. There is no way that six plants will yield only an ounce. I guess that growers there have to have separate rooms for different cycles to stay under the limit.
    THCMissoula | Feb 25, 2011
    ADMIN: I am pretty sure the address you have for email is incorrect for MT. That being said, its very important to be aware of the law and follow it to a T. Even though Montana is not regulated like some other states, it is also the only one that has a real threat of repeal. If your from the Big Sky state, VOTE! Total Holistic Center