Updated on January 28, 2019.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Montana Medical Marijuana Card
In order to receive full legal protections of the Montana medical marijuana law qualified patients must register with the Quality Assurance Division Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to receive a registry ID card, aka medical marijuana card, medical cannabis card or pot card. In Montana “registered cardholders are limited to 12 seedlings (<12”), 4 mature flowering plants, and 1 ounce of usable marijuana”, however, “if a registered cardholder assigns a caregiver, they cannot grow for themselves.”
To get a Montana marijuana card, the first requirement is to get a written diagnosis from your primary care physician. We understand that getting this document is not always an easy task, since some doctors may not be effectively informed on the benefits of using medical marijuana.
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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana
- Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
- To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
- Cancer, Glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status;
- cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician and by:
- objective proof of the etiology of the pain, including relevant and necessary diagnostic tests that may include but are not limited to the results of an x-ray, computerized tomography scan, or magnetic resonance imaging; or
- confirmation of that diagnosis from a second physician who is independent of the treating physician and who conducts a physical examination;
- intractable nausea or vomiting;
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy;
- epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder;
- Multiple sclerosis;
- Crohn’s disease;
- painful peripheral neuropathy;
- a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms;
- admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department; or
- any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition approved by the legislature.
- * Chronic Pain — effective November 08, 2016
- * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — effective November 08, 2016
- If a patient is applying with chronic pain as a qualifying condition, the evaluating physician must fill out the Physician’s Statement for a Chronic Pain Diagnosis.
- If a patient is a minor, the patient’s parent or guardian must fill out a Minor Registry Application Packet, which must be requested from the department by contacting Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau, 2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953, Helena, MT 59620-2953.
- Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Montana
- Patients are required to complete a Montana Medical Marijuana Program Application* Form. Physicians licensed in the state of Montana are required to fill out the appropriate section of the Medical Marijuana Program Application, indicating that the patient is a “qualifying patient”.
- The Montana Medical Marijuana Registry is mandatory.
- The patient registry application fee is $75 for both new applications and renewals.
- Submit applications to:
Montana Department of Health and Human Services
Medical Marijuana Program
2401 Colonial Drive, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 202953
Helena, MT 59620-2953
Website: Montana Medical Marijuana Program
* Please note: As per changes to 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 — download the application.