The Montana Marijuana Card Program was established through Initiative 148 when it was approved by 62% of voters on November 2, 2004. The marijuana card program in Montana allows the use of medical cannabis by qualified patients who demonstrate a need for an alternative healing treatment option. Also cited as “Medical Marijuana Act”, this program removes state and local level penalties for patients who posses a Montana Marijuana Card. This program also protects physicians by stating that “physicians may not be arrested , prosecuted, or penalized in any manner, or be denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by the board of medical examiners or the department of labor and industry, for providing written certification for the medical use of marijuana to qualifying patients.”
Residents who wish to apply for a Montana Marijuana Card to receive full protection under Montana state law for the medical use of cannabis must register with the Montana Department of Health. Patients must possess a valid proof of Montana state residency by submitting an application to the Licensure Bureau. Before mailing the application, a patient must be seen by a qualified medical marijuana doctor that gives written permission for the use of marijuana that the benefits received outweigh its risks. All patients have to provide proof of accompanying medical records and be at least 18 years of age.
Cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for 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; Intractable nausea or vomiting; Epilepsy or intractable seizure disorder; Multiple sclerosis; Chron’s Disease; Painful peripheral neuropathy; A central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms; Admittance into hospice care.
Patients are permitted by legislation to possess and grow cannabis with a Montana marijuana card. A qualified patient may posses up to 1 ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants.