Montana Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Montana releases temporary medical marijuana rules

Bart Schaneman  | July 3, 2017

The Montana health department has issued temporary emergency rules for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Parts of the program took effect Friday as state regulators develop permanent regulations, which must be in place by April 30, 2018, the Billings Gazette reported.

The emergency rules, which expire in late October, include clarifications on …

Week in Review: Oregon wine spat, MT medical marijuana rules & Canada’s black-market growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 28, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Oregon vineyard owners sue to halt nearby marijuana cultivation, Montana nears approval of a medical cannabis regulatory framework, and the chair of Canada’s legalization task force welcomes black-market growers.

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

Montana close to enacting medical cannabis rules

Kevin Huhn  | April 25, 2017

A bill that would create a seed-to-sale tracking system, licenses, fees and regulations for Montana’s medical marijuana industry is one vote away from moving to the governor.

The Montana House gave preliminary approval to a bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely restricted …

Chart: Medical cannabis patient counts rebounding in Montana

Eli McVey  | April 10, 2017

By Eli McVey

Just months after voters approved a state ballot initiative to revive Montana’s medical marijuana industry, patients are returning to the program by the thousands – breathing new life into dispensaries across the state.

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 …