How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana

medical marijuana montanaThe Montana Medical Marijuana Act was approved on November 2, 2004. However, temporary emergency rules pertaining to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act are in place from June 1, 2011

To qualify as a medical marijuana patient in Montana you must suffer from one of the medical conditions listed below:

Montana Medical Marijuana Act Qualifying Conditions

(a) Cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or the treatment of these conditions

(b) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

(i) Cachexia or wasting syndrome

(ii) Severe or chronic pain

(iii) Severe nausea

(iv) Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy

(v) Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease

To Register as a Medical Marijuana Patient in Montana as of 1 June, 2011

  1. You must have a Montana mailing address
  2. Fill out the application form
    or get it by post from Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau, 2401 Colonial Drive, P.O. Box 202953, Helena, Montana, 59620-2953
  3. Information that must be provided with your application is:
State of Montana Medical Marijuana Registered Cardholder Application Form. The information on this form includes but is not limited to:
  • The applicant’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number
  • Proof of residency/State of Montana Identification Number–as verified by a copy of either a State of Montana Drivers License or other State of Montana iissued identification card
  • A statement that the applicant will be
    • Cultivating and manufacturing marijuana for the applicant’s own use; or
    • Obtaining marijuana from a provider or MIPP
  • A statement that the applicant agrees to not divert to any other person the marijuana that the person cultivates, manufactures, or obtains for the applicant’s debilitating medical condition
  • Verification that the applicant is not in the custody of or under the supervision of the Department of Corrections or youth court
  • A signed, applicable Physician Statement, as defined in Section 2 of SB 423, attesting to the applicant’s diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition, diagnosis of chronic pain, or certification for use by a minor.

The Physician Statement includes but is not limited to:

  • Physician’s name, address, and telephone number; and
  • Physician’s Montana medical license number.

Applicable fees

  • New Application Fee:   $25.00
  • Renewal Fee: $10.00 (Renewals must be submitted within 30 days of expiration date.  Renewals submitted 30 days or more after expiration date will be treated as a new application, which requires a $25 fee
  • Provider, MIPP, or both, application fee of $50

Mail your application package to DPHHS

  • The department will either approve or deny a registered cardholder application within 30 days of receiving the application. If approved, the department shall issue a registry identification card within five days of approving the application

Notes on Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in Montana

  1. Applicants who designate a provider or a MIPP on the application form will be issued a registry identification card listing no provider or MIPP, unless the named provider or MIPP is already registered with the department and has not reached the limit of registered cardholders they can serve
  2. Named providers or MIPPs who are not already registered with the department will be sent application materials by the department. Upon approval by the department, the registered cardholder will be issued a new identification card, with the name of the registered provider or MIPP
  3. The registered cardholder will be notified if the provider or MIPP applicant is denied, or if the provider or MIPP has reached the limit of registered cardholders they can serve
  4. The registry identification card expires one year from the date of issuance unless:

(a) A physician has provided a written certification for a shorter period of time, or

(b) A registered cardholder changes provider or MIPP. When a change request form is received by the department, the registered cardholder’s current card becomes void. After the change request is processed, the new registry identification card will not be valid until it is received by the registered cardholder. If the registered cardholder application is denied, the department will send the applicant notice of the denial and inform the applicant of the reasons for denial. Rejection of the application is considered a final department action, subject to judicial review



  1. Myself and my partner are both registered in Washington State. We just moved to Libby and need to get on the program here. We both suffern form Bodfy pains, back, headaces, arthritis, and a few others.

    Please let us know what we need to do.


    Larry Thomson & Susan Longfellow

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