How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - VP of Operations

Apr 14 2020 - 9 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your medical marijuana recommendation letter. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of contents
  1. Getting a Montana Medical Marijuana Card Online via Telehealth with Leafwell
  2. Who Can Apply for a Montana MMJ Card?
  3. What Does a Medical Cannabis Identification Card Permit in Montana?
  4. How do I Apply for a Montana Medical Cannabis Card?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does it Cost to Get a Montana Medical Marijuana Card and Consultation?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Montana?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Montana?
  12. Are My Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Billings, Victor, Helena and other key cities in Montana
  14. Does Montana Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Montana
  16. Montana Medical Marijuana Laws
  17. Useful Links

Mt. Hotham, Montana

Getting a Montana Medical Marijuana Card Online via Telehealth with Leafwell

Getting a medical marijuana certificate online is now possible thanks to telemedicine. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has seen an extension of telemedicine in many states, including medical cannabis consultations. In the past, in-person examinations were needed. This has seen clinics nationwide expand their telehealth platforms to see patients who are in need of a physician’s expertise, but cannot necessarily visit in-person due to social distancing measures and to prevent the chances of infection. This is particularly important for medical cannabis patients, many of whom suffer from very serious conditions and prove why medicinal cannabis dispensaries are deemed essential services.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Montana Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Montana State understand the importance of applying for their Montana MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Who Can Apply for a Montana MMJ Card?

You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself. Minors who need medical marijuana, or those who are over 18 but cannot access cannabis for themselves, need a Caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

What Does a Medical Cannabis Identification Card Permit in Montana?

Here are the current possession limits which a medical marijauna card permits in Montana:

  • A registered cardholder who has named a provider may possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana.
  • Caregivers may possess a maximum of 1 oz. for the patient’s use.

How do I Apply for a Montana Medical Cannabis Card?

With Leafwell, you can get your Montana Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell at https://leafwell.co/medical-card/montana/

It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.

2. Speak with a certified physician, licensed in Montana state

Leafwell has an experienced team ready to meet with you. This initial consultation fee is $125 for an examination. The process is quick, simple and HIPAA-compliant. Most appointments take 15 minutes or less.

3. Submit your application to the State website

You will need to submit your doctor’s certificate and personal information and proof of identifications to the Montana state website. During the application, you will need to state whether you plan to grow your own cannabis or shop at a dispensary – you cannot do both. If registered cardholders are growing marijuana for their use only, they do not need to have a background check, or register as a provider. Registered cardholder names 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.

Whether or not the laws on recreational cannabis will change the right to grow and use a dispensary for medical patients is not entirely clear for us yet – we will update when we find out!

4. Once approved, you can print your medical marijuana card that same day

You can print out a temporary access certificate and shop immediately at any Montana dispensary. A card will be mailed to you within 30 days from the Montana state program.

It is a requirement for patients to register with the Montana Medical Marijuana program (the Complia health portal) and the DPHSS. The state maintains a confidential list of persons with patient ID cards. Only the Montana department of health and human services and state and local law enforcement agencies may access the list. Law enforcement may only access the list to verify a person’s patient status.

We also offer renewal services from $125. If your MMJ Card is due to expire, get in touch with Leafwell today and book your appointment to obtain your certificate.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details. There is also an opportunity to upload some medical records, although this is optional. These are all passed securely to one of our registered physicians who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Montana registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification and then promptly email the electronic version of the certificate in PDF. You can use this to apply to Montana state where you will also be able to download a digital card the same day. A hard copy will be sent in the mail a 30 days later from the state.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

It is a requirement for patients to register with the Montana Medical Marijuana program and the DPHHS. The state maintains a confidential list of persons with patient ID cards. Only the Montana department of health and human services and state and local law enforcement agencies may access the list. Law enforcement may only access the list to verify a person’s patient status.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Montana Medical Marijuana Card and Consultation?

The initial consultation with one of the Montana Registered Practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a one off fee of $125. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

Upon receiving your certificate, you can submit your application to the Montana government. The application fee, payable to the state, is $30.

We offer renewal services from $125.

The application cost for a Montana caregiver Application is $25.

Please note that because cannabis is federally illegal, insurance companies will not cover any costs incurred from applying for a medical marijuana card.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Montana?

Here are the medical conditions which qualify for an MMJ ID Card in Montana:

During your consultation with a state-licensed physician on the Leafwell telemedicine platform, you will discuss one or more of these medical conditions to help our physician understand whether medical marijuana could help you.

Please note that those who are seeking a physician’s certificate for chronic pain may need a second physician’s opinion. This can be conducted via Leafwell.

By taking the correct dose of medical marijauna, many patients who experience symptoms from a wide range of medical conditions find their lives transformed. Medical marijuana can give individuals back their energy and capacity to enjoy life, get out in the fresh air and lead a comfortable, healthy and happy existence in the beautiful Montana outdoors. We believe in the power of medical marijuana to change lives for the better and give individuals the power to control their own medical conditions. Our licensed physicians believe this too which is why they work with Leafwell and help as many patients as possible to secure a medical marijuana card if they, as experts, believe cannabis may help alleviate symptoms and medical issues.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Montana, you will need to show some identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Medical records

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Driver’s license
  • Valid US Passport
  • State-produced ID card
  • Tribal ID card
  • Birth certificate (for mintor patients only)

Those who are unable to provide recent, valid identification may be eligible for a ‘hardship waiver’

Acceptable proof of residency (at least two required)

  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill (dated within 2 months) – cell phone bills are not accepted
  • Correspondence with a state department (dated within 2 months)
  • Rental or mortgage agreement

Medical Records

  • Progress notes
  • Health summary
  • List of diagnoses
  • Medication list
  • Pictures of prescription bottles

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

No, records are not required. However, if you have them, we do recommend you upload them because it helps for our registered practitioners to have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis. We request the following (if applicable):

  • Medication list
  • Physician’s diagnosis
  • Treatment plan
  • Progress notes
  • Radiology/MRI/X-ray image
  • Lab test results

You may also be required to provide these details to the Montana government when you complete your application.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. The caregiver fills out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers can find applications for registration forms here.

Minors must fill out a Minor Registry Application Packet, which must be requested from the department by contacting the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau, 2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953, Helena, MT 59620-2953.

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. Caregivers will also need to provide proof of identity and residency.

The application cost for a Montana caregiver Application is $25.

Please note that having a Caregiver card does not give Caregivers the legal right to use cannabis.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Montana?

Yes. The cardholder or their Caregiver must notify as such on the application form. If the cardholder has not named a provider, the cardholder may possess up to 4 mature plants, 4 seedlings and the amount of usable marijuana allowed by the department by rule (1 oz. usable cannabis).

Those who intend to grow their own cannabis on rented or leased property must include a Property Owner Permission Form.

Are My Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Montana Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity? 

No – patients from other states must register with the DPHHS. Legal protections for qualified patients are limited to Montana registry ID cardholders. If you are a medical marijuana patient from out-of-state, Montana’s medical marijuana laws no longer protect you. (From 2003 to 2011, Montana extended legal protections to cardholders from other states.)

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Billings, Victor, Helena and other key cities in Montana

Medical marijauna is available throughout the state.

Regardless of where you are in Montana, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD.

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History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Montana

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana in Montana:

2004 – Voters approved Initiative 148, removing state-level criminal penalties for those with a medical marijuana card.

2011 – SB 423 is passed and the application process changed somewhat. SB 423 meant patients required a Montana-specific driver license or state-issued state ID card, as well as a second recommendation by a physician when patients were using cannabis for chronic pain.

2016 – Initiative 182 is approved, and some of the restrictions on medical marijuana in SB 423 and SB 143 are changed, reinstating the state’s original medical marijuana laws. This means that patients with a debilitating illness and physician’s recommendation are allowed to access marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Recreational cannabis is illegal in Montana but even with a medical marijuana card, there are strict limits imposed.

2020 – Voters approve the passage of complementary ballot initiatives I-90 and CI-118, which legalizes the use of recreational cannabis for those who are aged 21 or over. A person over the age of 21 is allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of cannabis concentrate under the law. Up to 4 mature plants and 4 seedlings may be grown.

Montana Medical Marijuana Laws

There are restrictions to where MMJ Cardholders and recreational cannabis enthusiasts can consume marijuana:

  • Healthcare facility
  • School or post-secondary school
  • Any property owned or leased by a school or postsecondary school
  • School bus or public transit
  • Public parks, beaches and rec/youth centers
  • Places of worship
  • The open public
  • Any location where children’s health could be affected

Montana’s medical marijuana program has been transferred to the Montana Department of Revenue, and is under the auspice of the Cannabis Control Commission. To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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