Montana Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Montana’s medical marijuana industry on the rebound

John Schroyer  | March 9, 2017

By John Schroyer

Just a few months after Montana voters resurrected the state’s medical cannabis industry, dispensaries appear to be leaping quickly back into business.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

New Market: Montana’s MMJ industry rising from the ashes, awaiting major changes

Bart Schaneman  | December 15, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

The campaign to revive Montana's medical marijuana industry has succeeded, but state lawmakers still need to write the many rules that will govern a market that must be rebuilt.

Last month, some 58% of Montanans approved a ballot initiative to set up commercial MMJ cultivation operations and dispensaries.

Week in Review: New life in Montana, rule tweaks in Oregon & obstacles in New England

Bart Schaneman  | December 9, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey 

Montana’s medical marijuana industry is reactivated, Oregon adjusts its testing regulations, and New England’s adult-use industry encounters obstacles.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Judge: Montana dispensaries can reopen immediately

Bart Schaneman  | December 7, 2016

A Montana judge ruled Wednesday that a medical marijuana initiative approved last month by voters should take effect immediately, paving the way for dispensaries to reopen months earlier than expected.

A drafting error in the Nov. 8 ballot initiative had postponed the measure’s implementation until July 1.

But District Judge James Reynolds of Helena sped …

Montana dispensaries may not reopen until June

John Schroyer  | November 14, 2016

Medical cannabis dispensaries in Montana that were forced to close at the end of August may not be able to begin serving patients again until June 30 next year because of a clerical error in the initiative voters approved on Election Day.

According to the Missoulian, the only way dispensaries could open …

Week in Review: 5 business takeaways from the landmark election

Omar Sacirbey  | November 11, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Now that voters in seven additional states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana, business leaders and political observers are bullish about the potential for industry growth.

They point to surge in opportunities for interstate expansion, increased investor interest in cannabis and greater innovation in technology and business strategies.

Election Updates: Live coverage of marijuana measures across the country

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2016

Marijuana Business Daily provided live updates on cannabis ballot measures and related news on Election Day (all updates in Eastern time).

3:45 a.m. Wednesday (Montana): Montana’s measure to legalize medical marijuana businesses is poised to win comfortably, as the initiative has garnered 56% of the vote with more than 80% of precincts reporting.

The Big Picture: State-by-state marijuana ballot initiative update

John Schroyer  | November 2, 2016

By John Schroyer

This year could prove a historic turning point for the legal cannabis industry, with pro-cannabis ballot measures in front of voters in nine states Tuesday.

If some or most are approved, that could translate into untold business opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs across the nation.

Poll: Majority of Americans favor rec marijuana legalization

Bart Schaneman  | October 12, 2016

As five states prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a new Pew Research Center poll shows the majority of Americans favor legalization.

According to Pew, 57% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, with 37% opposed. Ten years ago the numbers were flipped, with 60% saying it should be illegal and …