Montana Cannabis Legislation

The portal to all things Montana cannabis legislation

We want to help you stay informed on Montana MMJ laws and how they affect Montana cannabis businesses. Want to quickly reference current law? Are you interested in learning more about the history of legislating cannabis in this state? Do you want to see how past and current legislators, as well as running candidates, stand on the industry? You can even check out action that’s been taken, being taken, and how you can get involved. Legislator info coming soon!





The Timeline

The Montana Marijuana Program has endured so many changes since its inception in 2004. We wanted to create a timeline to visualize just some of the major events that have taken place.
Because we work in such a tumultuous industry, we’re sure Planet-3 missed some elements in the timeline. Please feel free to help us add to it!
Planet-3 Co-Founder, Tresha Sanders

Tresha Sanders

Planet-3 Co-Founder

November 4, 2020

Steve Zabawa, representing opposition group Wrong for Montana, filed a lawsuit against the State of Montana, Attorney General Tim Fox, and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 190. The complaint states that I-190 appropriates tax revenue, which should be the job of the Legislature. (source: KTVQ Billings) (filed complaint)

November 3, 2020

Montanans voted to pass CI-118 and I-190 to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state with almost 60% of the votes. This measure legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21+. The Montana Department of Revenue will be required to license and regulate the cultivation, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products and to inspect premises where marijuana is cultivated and sold. The measure prohibits advertising of marijuana and related products. I-190 establishes a 20% tax on non-medical marijuana…(Cont’d in Full Timeline)

December 18, 2019

New Approach Montana submitted a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and a constitutional amendment that would allow a technical change to state law stipulating that only adults 21 and older could possess or purchase cannabis (source) (source) (initiative) (constitutional initiative)

December 18, 2019

The DPHHS began enforcement of the Emergency Rules on Wednesday at 1:00 pm. 

The restrictions include the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including flavored nicotine, THC, and CBD e-cigarette products, in-store and online. The rules did not require retailers to destroy their existing inventory. (source) (notice)

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