Legal Marijuana in Focus: Montana
Montana legalized medical marijuana in 2004. However, for most of its history after that, the plant is by and large still an inaccessible substance.
Most of the state’s original pot legislation underwent a major overhaul in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 423, known as the Montana Marijuana Act. It didn’t actually illegalize pot again, but it made the registration process for qualified pot consumption more difficult. Residents must present a registry ID card issued by the state health service first before they can purchase the plant.
Registered users are allowed up to 4 mature plants, 12 seedlings, and 1 ounce of usable pot. Registered providers are allowed the same figures, but can only provide consumables for up to three registered users (the user must declare the provider for everything to check out). On top of that, pot providers can’t earn.
There is, however, some good news this 2015: Recently, the First Judicial District Court blocked key provisions of SB 423, namely the restriction on the commercial pot trade. Both pro- and anti- camps are on a level playing field, so to speak, right now. Dispensaries can continue to operate in the state for now, but only time can tell as to who’ll come out on top.