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Montana Medical Marijuana Facts

Montana Medical Marijuana Statistics and Facts

Montana legalized medical marijuana in 2004 via Initiative 148, which passed with 62% of the vote. The Montana Department of Health began registering patients in January of 2005. Official facts about medical marijuana in Montana indicate that as of September 2011, there were 24, 821 registered medical marijuana patients in the state. This is a significant number, a full 2.5 % of Montana’s entire population. Registration is mandatory for patients to receive a Montana medical marijuana card.

Montana Medical Marijuana Facts 2011

  • Montana’s medical marijuana law recently changed and replaced the caregiver category with the concept of a provider, who must be designated by the patient. Currently the statistics show that a majority of marijuana patients (19,039) have no provider.
  • Since the start of the program, 68 patients have passed away.
  • There are 378 providers and 356 doctors associated with current patients.
  • The facts about Montana marijuana show that prior to the new amendments to the law, which went into effect in July 2011, there were 30,036 patients and 4,438 caregivers.
  • The new medical marijuana rules caused a drop in registrations, resulting in the loss of over 5,000 patients. An even bigger drop occurred among caregivers/providers, which went from a peak of 4,438 to just 378 between June and September 2011.

Montana Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Program Growth Data

Date                Patients           Caregivers        Doctors

 

Mar-05             86                   35                    69

 

Jun-05             135                  49                    90

 

Sep-05             156                  58                    95

 

Dec-05             176                  66                    98

 

Mar-06             189                  67                    100

 

Jun-06              222                  87                    100

 

Sep-06             252                  101                  111

 

Dec-06             287                  116                  114

 

Mar-07             319                  116                  118

 

Jun-07             368                  139                  121

 

Sep-07             428                  161                  130

 

Dec-07             572                  194                  145

 

Mar-08             736                  233                  150

 

Jun-08             1,006               311                  158

 

Sep-08             1,119               319                  157

 

Dec-08             1,577               465                  171

 

Mar-09             2,074               640                  186

 

Jun-09             2,923               919                  202

 

Sep-09             3,921               1,403               209

 

Dec-09             7,339               1,942               247

 

Mar-10            12,081             2,797               295

 

Jun-10            19,635             3,940               322

 

Sep-10            23,613             4,463               338

 

Dec-10            27,292             4,807               359

 

Mar-11            29,948             4,848               360

 

Jun-11            30,036             4,438               365

 

Sep-11            24,821             378                  356