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How getting a medical marijuana card works for a Montana resident.

  1. Step 1
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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors in minutes.

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    Meet Your Provider

    Speak with a certified physician licensed in Montana. The process is quick, simple, and HIPAA-compliant. Most appointments take 15 minutes or less.

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    Submit Your Certification

    You will need to submit your doctor’s certificate, personal information, and proof of identification to the Montana state website.

  4. Step 4
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    Get Your MMJ Card

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

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on how to apply for your Montana medical marijuana card.

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Benefits of Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in MT is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps for joining the Montana medical marijuana program.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Discuss Medical Marijuana With Your Doctor
  3. Get Certified and Submit Your Physician Statement and Application to the State Website
  4. Get Your MMJ Card and Buy Your Medicine

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Our mission of increasing medical cannabis access means offering the highest-quality service at the best price. Here's what you need to know about the costs associated with medical marijuana cards in Montana.
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Renewal certification
$129
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Retail price as of 04/09/2024

What You Pay with Leafwell

A Montana medical marijuana cardholder can save more with Leafwell. Get your money back if not approved.

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Medical marijuana certificate$129$129$200
State application fee$20$20$20
Total$149$149$220
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Qualifying Medical Conditions

According to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card:

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable Nausea or Vomiting
  • Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Chronic Pain
  • A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms
  • Admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    Patients must be 18 years old or older and reside in the state to qualify for the Montana marijuana program.

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    Caregiver

    Caregivers in Montana must register as designated purchasers. Caregivers must be 21 or over. The patient will register their designated purchaser(s) in their online application.

    Designated purchasers will also need to provide proof of identity and Montana residency. Acceptable documentation includes a driver’s license, state identification card, birth certificate, passport, Tribal identification card, voter registration form, etc.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes, but minor patients need a caregiver, known in Montana as a designated purchaser. Designated purchasers for minor patients must be 21 or older and must be the patient’s parent or legal guardian.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Montana MMJ card:

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    Once approved, you must download your physician’s statement and complete the state application on the Montana TransAction Portal (TAP) within 60 days.

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    Proof of Identity

    You will need a government-issued photo ID. Accepted forms of identification are a Montana driver’s license, state ID card, or Montana Tribal ID.

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    Medical Records (Minor Patients Only)

    During your onboarding with Leafwell, you may upload medical records supporting your qualifying condition(s). Minor patients must provide medical records to be eligible, according to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act.

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your medical certification! You’re almost ready to begin your medical marijuana treatment, but there are a few more steps to complete to get your Montana med card. Let’s dive in!

Before You Start: What you’ll need

  • A credit or debit card for payment
  • A valid photo ID

Complete Application: Access the TransAction Portal (TAP) and scroll to the Cannabis Control section. Click “Apply for or Manage a Medical Marijuana Card” and complete the application process.

Pay the Fee: The state charges a $20 patient application fee to join the Montana marijuana program.

Receive Your Card: Print your temporary card and receive an email once you’re fully approved. Your physical card will then arrive via US mail within 30 days.

Start Shopping: Use your temporary card to purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary legally.

How to Renew Your Card

Looking to make a medical marijuana card renewal? Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Sign in to Leafwell or register as a renewal patient if you’re new to Leafwell.
  2. Speak to one of our Montana-licensed medical marijuana doctors online.
  3. Get approved and download your doctor’s renewal certificate.
  4. Renew your card through the TransAction Portal (TAP). Under the “Cannabis Control” section, select “Apply for or Manage a Medical Marijuana Card” and then “Renew an Existing Card.”
  5. Complete the renewal application and pay the state’s $20 fee.
  6. Download and print your temporary card to use immediately. Your new physical card will arrive in the mail once your application is approved.

See our renewal page if you’re a registered cardholder looking for more detailed information about renewing your card and continuing your medical marijuana treatment.

Legal Topics

There are restrictions on where a medical marijuana cardholder can consume marijuana products, according to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. These restrictions also apply to recreational marijuana use. Per Montana medical marijuana laws, consumption is not permitted in:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Schools or post-secondary schools.
  • Any property owned or leased by a school or post-secondary 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.

Both recreational marijuana users and medical patients benefit from employee protections regarding their use of cannabis. While employers can still have workplace drug tests, recent laws passed suggest that there may be some protections for medical marijuana patients protecting off-work use.

Employers may still prohibit employees from possessing or consuming cannabis at the workplace. Employers may also take adverse action against employees if their off-duty marijuana use:

  • Affects employees’ ability to perform their jobs correctly or affects the safety or responsibilities of others in the company.
  • Conflicts with a bona fide occupational qualification that is reasonably related to the employee’s employment.
  • Violates a personal service contract with an employer.
  • Conflicts with the nature of a non-profit organization and its objectives, whose objectives include discouraging the use of marijuana.

Medical marijuana patients can purchase and possess higher amounts of usable marijuana. Specifically, registered cardholders can purchase up to 5 oz of marijuana flower for medical use monthly (and 1 oz of marijuana flower daily). Recreational cannabis users are only allowed to possess 1 oz of usable marijuana.

Cultivation is legal for patients with qualifying conditions and recreational users. Cardholders can grow up to four mature plants, whereas recreational users can grow no more than two mature plants.

Caregivers

There technically isn’t a Montana marijuana program for caregivers. However, patients may designate up to two designated purchasers to acquire and deliver marijuana products from a medical marijuana dispensary when they apply for a new MMJ card or a medical marijuana card renewal.

Minor patients will require a custodial parent or legal guardian with responsibility for health care decisions to consent to the use of marijuana by the minor.

Caregiver (Designated Purchaser) Requirements:

  • All designated purchasers must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Designated purchasers can be patients with a qualifying medical condition themselves.
  • Recreational cannabis use is not a disqualifying condition.
  • Designated purchasers cannot have a felony drug conviction.
  • A Consent to Fingerprint Form is only required for the legal guardian of a minor applicant who will cultivate marijuana for the minor.
  • Cardholders may designate up to two individuals to make purchases of medical marijuana on their behalf. These designated purchasers may be added during the initial application or upon subsequent annual renewal applications. For designated purchasers to make purchases on behalf of registered cardholders, the designated purchasers must be in possession of the medical card.

Caregiver (Designated Purchaser) Registration:

  • Patients must complete Step 6 of the online registration form with their designated purchaser(s) information. Once fully approved, they will receive a card as well.
  • There is no state application fee for having a designated purchaser.
  • Designated purchasers may be added during the initial application or upon subsequent annual renewal applications.

Reciprocity

Patients from other states must register with the DPHHS and are not offered reciprocity in Montana. 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 do not protect you.

States that will recognize the medical card of Montana cannabis patients include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

FAQs

How much does a Montana medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Montana medical marijuana card costs $129 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and save 10% on your consultation.

Patients will also pay a $20 application fee to the Montana Cannabis Control Division.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

  • $129 Initial certificate from Leafwell
  • $129 Renewal certificate from Leafwell
  • $258 Minor certifications (includes two certificates)
  • $20 State application fee*

*State fees are not included with Leafwell fees and are paid directly to the Montana Cannabis Control Division.

What medical condition can qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Montana?

In Montana, the following qualifying conditions may qualify a new patient for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable Nausea or Vomiting
  • Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Chronic Pain
  • A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms
  • Admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

What do I need to know about applying for my medical cannabis card in Montana online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Montana medical marijuana card online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Montana-licensed medical marijuana doctor online. Consultations cost $129, and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. Get approved and download your certificate.
  3. Submit your certificate with your state application in the TransAction Portal (TAP) within 60 days.
  4. You can print a temporary card after submitting your application. The state will notify you via email once your application is approved, and your physical card will arrive in the mail.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Montana?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a medical marijuana card in Montana.

Minor patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Designated purchasers (aka caregivers) must be 21 years old.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Montana?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Montana can have a caregiver, but they are called designated purchasers instead of caregivers.

Caregiver (Designated Purchaser) Requirements:

  • All designated purchasers must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Designated purchasers can be patients themselves.
  • Designated purchasers cannot have a felony drug conviction.
  • A Consent to Fingerprint Form is only required for the legal guardian of a minor applicant who will cultivate marijuana for the minor.
  • Registered cardholders may designate up to two individuals to make purchases of medical marijuana on their behalf.
  • The designated purchaser must have the patient’s medical card to purchase on the patient’s behalf.

Here’s how the designated purchaser process works:

  1. Designated purchasers may be added during an initial application or upon subsequent annual renewal applications.
  2. The patient must complete Step 6 of the online registration form with their designated purchaser(s) information. Once fully approved, they will receive a card as well.
  3. There is no fee for having a designated purchaser.

How do I apply for the state program in Montana?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Photo of applicant
    • The style should be similar to a driver’s license or passport photo
    • Clear, in color, neutral background
    • From shoulders up, facing the camera
    • No hats, face masks, sunglasses
    • Taken within the last six months
  • Proof of Montana Residency
    • Montana driver’s license, Montana state or tribal identification card, voter registration form, Montana hunting or fishing license, etc.
  • Your physician statement from Leafwell (dated within 60 days)
    • Minors need the approval of two physicians

Getting Your Montana Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Register as a new user through the TransAction Portal
  2. Click Apply for a New Medical Marijuana Card
    1. Note: renew your card here next year, too
    2. Note: you can request a replacement if your card is lost or damaged here, too
  3. Select either Adult Application or Minor Application
  4. Complete the application
  5. Pay the state fee of $20
    1. You can do this via credit, debit or ACH
  6. Once submitted, you will gain access to a temporary card that can be printed out – it is not valid in digital form.
  7. Once your application is approved, you will receive your medical cannabis card from the Montana state in the mail.

Note: Applications must be submitted within 60 days of your consultation with a Leafwell physician.