Montana Hemp Farmer Wins Contract to Use Fed-Controlled Water for Irrigation

A Montana hemp farmer has secured a contract to use federally-controlled water to irrigate her plants, the Associated Press reports. Kim Phillips had battled the Helena Valley Irrigation District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for more than a year to use water from the Canyon Ferry Reservoir to water her 12-acre hemp crop. “It […]

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Montana’s New Voter-Approved MMJ Rules Are Now In Effect

Montana’s new medical cannabis rules took effect yesterday, requiring providers to test, label, and track plants from seed to sale, the Associated Press reports. The new rules were approved by voters in 2016 after lawmakers passed laws effectively gutting the state’s medical cannabis program. Some rules have not been finalized. The Department of Health and […]

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Montana Health Department Lowers MMJ Provider Fees, Sets New Testing Rules

Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services has made several changes to the state’s medical cannabis program, including lowering the fees for providers, implementing labeling requirements, and bolstering product testing rules, MTN News reports. The new testing rules will now require mandatory product testing instead of randomized testing protocols. Provider license costs for those with […]

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Montana MMJ Draft Rules Released

The Montana Department of Health and Human Services has proposed draft rules for the medical cannabis program under the expanded regime approved by voters last year. The rules put the state program in line with others throughout the U.S., requiring product testing, and seed-to-sale tracking. Under the plan, providers with more than 10 registered patients […]

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Montana Health Dept. Establishes Temporary Rules for MMJ Industry

Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services has laid out “temporary emergency rules” for the state’s medical cannabis program as lawmakers work out the program’s permanent details, the Billings Gazette reports. The temporary rules took effect last Friday and allow the DPHHS to issue licenses for testing lab facilities on a temporary, case-by-case basis, […]

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Montana Set to Collect MMJ Sales Taxes

Beginning next month, medical cannabis sales in Montana will carry a 4 percent sales tax which could force officials at the Revenue Department to make changes to their infrastructure to accept large cash payments, according to a Billings Gazette report. Due to federal drug laws, most financial institutions won’t do business with cannabis companies, forcing […]

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Montana MMJ Sales Tax Bill Heads to Gov.

A bill imposing a 4 percent tax on medical cannabis sales in Montana has moved to Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk after it passed through the House 68-31, Montana Public Radio reports. Sen. Mary Caferro, the bill’s sponsor, said the measure – amended from 6 percent – will help the state regulate the program. “The 4 […]

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Montana House Passes Amendments to Voter-Backed MMJ Law

Montana’s House Taxation Committee added 20 amendments to a medical cannabis bill before it passed the chamber and moved to the Senate, including changes to the taxation structure, testing provisions, and residency requirements, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. The amendments to SB.333, which affect the initiative approved by voters last November, passed the committee 14-6. […]

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Montana Legislation Would Require Legislators to Study Rec. Cannabis

A measure has been introduced in Montana’s House of Representatives that would direct a legislative committee to “examine the legalization, regulation, taxation, and public health and safety aspects of recreational marijuana in Montana,” the Montana Standard reports. The legislation would require the results of the study to be presented to the 2019 Legislature. The proposal […]

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Montana Lawmakers Considering 6% MMJ Sales Tax

Lawmakers in Montana are considering adding a 6 percent tax on medical cannabis sales which would be diverted to the state’s unrestricted general fund, the Associated Press reports. The proposal, which is being considered by the House Taxation Committee, could raise about $1.1 million annually, and about $100,000 would be used for an armored car […]

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Judge Rules Montana Dispensaries are Back in Business Immediately

A Montana District Court Judge has ruled that a clerical error on November’s ballot initiative to reinstate the previous medical cannabis program rules should not prohibit the new regime from taking effect immediately, the Associated Press reports. Judge James Reynolds said that the drafting error, which made the effective date of the initiative July 1, […]

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Clerical Error Likely to Delay Renewed MMJ Access in Montana

Due to the clerical error embedded in the final version of Montana’s ballot initiative to restore the state’s medical cannabis program, it’s unlikely that patients will have renewed access to the program until June 30, 2017, according to a Missoulian report. I-182 advocates could pressure the legislature to amend the bill — but it’s that […]

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Green Tuesday: Eight of Nine Cannabis Initiatives Pass

Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have legalized adult cannabis use. Ballots are still being counted in Maine, and it looks extraordinarily tight, but the Yes On 1 campaign declared victory early this morning. Arizona voters turned down their recreational cannabis initiative. Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana each voted for either allowing medical cannabis […]

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Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative 182 Results: Live Updates

Montana’s “Medical Marijuana Act” is not much of a medical cannabis legalization vote, it’s more of a re-legalization vote. Specifically, this law repeals a whole heap of restrictions that were put in place by state lawmakers years ago and upheld earlier this year by the Montana Supreme Court. Starting August 31, medical cannabis providers in […]

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Danielle Keane: The 2016 Cannabis Legalization Opportunity

Danielle Keane is the Political Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. She recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a discussion about the upcoming election season and the unprecedented opportunity that it presents for the cannabis legalization movement. In the upcoming election season, nine states will be voting […]

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Montana Patient Says MMJ Law Violates HIPPA

A Montana medical marijuana caregiver says the state’s medical cannabis law violates federal health care privacy regulations because it forces people registered in the program to get permission from their landlord to grow cannabis if they rent their home, according to a report by the Great Falls Tribune. Kenneth “Skip” Kildore says forcing patients and […]

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Most Montana MMJ Patients Have No Provider

Under Montana’s newly implemented medical marijuana program, 93 percent of the 12,730 registered patients in the state are now listed as “patients with no provider,” leaving them without access to their medicine, the Montana Standard reports. The law, which took effect on Aug. 31, allows the 457 medical marijuana providers in the state to serve […]

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Nine States Voting on Marijuana Measures in 2016

This election season, nine states will be voting on ballot initiatives related to legalizing and regulating cannabis in some form. This is an unprecedented opportunity for medical marijuana activists and entrepreneurs who are looking at legalization as an opportunity for new businesses. While it is unlikely that all of these ballot initiatives will pass, recent polls […]

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Montana MMJ Ballot Initiative Potentially Derailed by Clerical Error

A clerical error in the Montana ballot initiative to reverse new restrictions on the medical marijuana program could set back the measure by a year and a half, according to a report from the Associated Press. Two new sections of the measure, known as I-182, were added to the proposed legislation without an update to […]

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Montana MMJ Providers Close Shop as New Law Takes Effect

Medical marijuana providers in Montana are closing for business ahead of new rules being implemented in the state that prevent dispensaries from serving more than three patients, the Missoulian reports. The new rules, which also include an automatic review of doctors who recommend cannabis to more than 25 patients, take effect on Aug. 31 – […]

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Initiative to Restore Montana Medical Cannabis Qualifies for Ballot

The Montana Medical Marijuana Act (I-182) has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed this week. The initiative seeks to undo restrictions passed by the legislature and turn Montana’s medical cannabis program once more into a thriving, compassionate industry. Though Montana voters originally legalized medical cannabis in 2004, state lawmakers decided to override the sentiments […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Save Montana MMJ

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against a Montana law that limits medical cannabis caregivers from providing to more than three patients, the Associate Press reports. The rejection means that a controversial ruling made by the Montana Supreme Court in February still stands, and the state’s medical cannabis industry will be effectively snuffed out as […]

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Montana Supreme Court Delays MMJ Program Restrictions

Montana’s Supreme Court will delay enforcing the severe medical marijuana restrictions it upheld in a February ruling until Aug. 31. In that case, the court ruled in favor of a Senate Bill 423 – a 2011 state law that limited dispensaries to supplying cannabis to just three patients. State Health officials argued for the delay […]

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Montana Activists File Petition Delaying Medical Cannabis Restrictions

Cannabis advocates in Montana have filed a petition that delays implementing a controversial ruling issued last month, in which the Montana Supreme Court upheld a 2011 provision that limits caregivers to providing for a maximum of three patients, essentially gutting the state’s medical marijuana industry. Advocates filed a petition on Friday asking the court for a transition period through the next legislative session, which […]

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