This page is designed to help you better understand the steps required to acquire a Montana Medical Cannabis card, what to look for in choosing a provider, how to sign up with a provider and other questions we’ve been asked over the years.
Quick summary of the APRIL 3, 2020 Directive (please read the update here)
- Registered Cardholder daily purchase limits are suspended but monthly purchase limits remain in effect. Registered cardholders may purchase and possess their entire monthly purchase limit at one time.
- Current registered cardholder renewals will not require an updated physician’s statement. Renewals will be approved for the same time period as the previous physician’s statement. Montanans who are not currently registered can obtain a physician’s statement via telemedicine.
- Physicians may conduct telemedicine appointments for new patients or patients due for renewal via an audio or video approach.
- Providers may renew business licenses and receive provisional approval without an in person inspection. Inspections will be conducted at a later date as the health situation permits.
- Compliance inspections will be limited to complaint driven inspections based on reports that may impact public health, welfare or safety.
- Finger-print based background checks are not required.
- New medical marijuana licenses and/or canopy tier licenses will not be issued at this time.
- Medical marijuana providers may hand deliver medical marijuana products to registered cardholders in a vehicle parked immediately outside the dispensary without performing a METRC transfer.
What conditions qualify for a Montana Medical Cannabis card?
In order to qualify for the Montana Medical Cannabis program a patient must have one of the MT State designated “debilitating medical conditions”.
The list is defined here:
(a) cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status;
(b) cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(c) severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s treating physician;
(d) intractable nausea or vomiting;
(e) epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder;
(f) multiple sclerosis;
(g) Crohn’s disease;
(h) painful peripheral neuropathy;
(i) a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms;
(j) admittance into hospice care in accordance with rules adopted by the department; or
(k) post-traumatic stress disorder.
What are the steps for applying for a Montana Medical Cannabis card?
First you will need a diagnosis from your doctor for any of the conditions above. Not all doctors will prescribe medical cannabis. If your doctor chooses not to prescribe this for you directly you will need to request a copy of your relevant medical files. (Relevant to the condition applicable to the MMCannabis program.)
Second is to contact one of the doctor’s who regularly assist patients in receiving their MMCannabis program card. These doctors are often from larger cities and travel around the state in order to assist the patients in the Montana Medical Cannabis program. They often arrive once a month to local communities. (See the next question below for the list of providers and websites or phone contact information.)
Third is to arrive at the doctors appointment with your medical paperwork. The doctors will have the state required applications for the program and ask you to fill them out at their office. They require an ID, to verify you are a Montana citizen and they take copies of your medical paperwork. After meeting with a doctor you now have a choice to make. You can either sign up to grow your own product or locate a provider who can address your needs.
Big Sky Herbals and Edibles is currently taking new patients.
A link to the Montana State Complia website is HERE where you can create your account with the state and register as a Big Sky Herbals and Edibles patient (if you so choose.)
Where can I locate a clinic to meet with a doctor?
You’re looking for a clinic and a doctor to discuss if you qualify for a Montana Medical Card? Contact one of the wellness centers below.
Wellness Solutions Montana (Multiple clinics across the state)
Book online: https://wellnesssolutionsmt.as.me/schedule.php
Or Contact the office @ (406) 589-5516
Alternative Wellness (Kalispell & Missoula)
Book online: www.alternativewellnessmontana.com
Contact Tara @ (406) 249-1304 to schedule an appointment
Caduceus Medical Partners (Multiple clinics across the state)
Book online: www.caduceusmedicalpartners.com
Contact Tammy @ (406) 696-0409 to schedule an appointment
River City Whole Health (Missoula)
Contact Debbie @ (406) 214-2040 to schedule an appointment
Don’t forget to tell them Big Sky Herbals and Edibles sent ya!
What kinds of cannabis products do you offer?
Big Sky Herbals and Edibles offers both Herbals and Edibles.
Our Herbals include raw flower (aka-buds) from 16 different strains as well as clean C02 extraction vape tips. These tips are often a mixture of our flower strains to better serve the medicinal needs of our clients.
Our Edibles include our signature cold coffee blends and chai teas. We have a wide variety of edibles and often work with our clients on additions that may improve their medicinal experience.
With all the different products on the market what is right for me?
This is a question best answered in person because it really comes down to individual needs and requirements but we’ll give it a shot in a general sense.
Flower consumption (either in raw form or concentrate tips) is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of cannabis. The effects generally last up to 2-3 hours.
Edibles take a bit longer to settle in (sometimes up to 2 hours before you feel anything) but the effects are usually milder than smoking and last up to 6 hours.
Have more questions? Give us a call