Montana Medical Cannabis License Solutions

Our experienced team at Cannabis License Experts (CLE) will assist you in obtaining your Montana cannabis license quickly and with an unrivaled success record. Having to repeat your Montana cannabis license application procedure can set your business back by months and substantially reduce your earning potential. Book your free consultation today and let us show you how we’ll help you on your path to a Montana cannabis license and much more.

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Montana started off 2022 with a bang officially entering the adult-use market and adding to the existing medical establishments. The Montana Department of Revenue found that sales at Montana cannabis shops topped $1.5 million over the New Year’s weekend. Under the Gemstones states, Big Sky western landscapes come with big opportunities for new Montana cannabis licensees. This up-and-coming recreational market reflects the largest potential in the Mountain West area. With only a few Montana cannabis licensees and no current MSOs, this is the newest horizon for the Wild West. A summary of the adult-use legislation changes in 2021 includes Companies now able to purchase products on the wholesale market with a THC potency cap on flower of 35% and 100 milligrams per package for edibles. A Montana-blocked judge has also issued a temporary ban on flavored vape products, including medical marijuana. On January 1, 2022, Montana launched an expected $325 million adult-use cannabis market with major changes in store for how companies operate and concerns about shortages in a market projected to top $300 million in annual sales by 2025. The Western state has a population of only 1.1 million, but substantial demand is expected to come from tourists. Projections for recreational marijuana sales estimate reaching $90 million in 2022 and $325 million by 2025.
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Montana Cannabis License Requirements, Timelines, and Selection Processes

Per HB 701, between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, the department is only accepting Montana cannabis applications from and issuing Montana cannabis licenses to former medical marijuana licensees that were licensed by or had an application pending with the department of public health and human services on or before November 3, 2020. Legal questions remain over issues such as retail license caps in municipalities such as Bozeman. The Montana Department of Revenue is currently overseeing licensing for the state.
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Financial Requirements

Common for most jurisdictions as a mandatory component of the Montana cannabis license application is the requirement for a minimum amount of liquid cash on hand to ensure that Montana cannabis license applicants have the financial wherewithal from the licensing process through to the initial 2-5 years of operation. General requirements for Montana cannabis license applications include bank statements, CPA letters, Letter of Credit, or similar documentation. Additionally, a 2-3 year Pro Forma is also submitted as a component of the formal Business Plan.

Montana Cannabis License Types

Montana's medical marijuana industry is vertically integrated and offers five license types listed below:
Under the new Adult-Use program the following Montana cannabis licenses will be available:
Note: A new business requires a minimum of three Montana cannabis licenses for all operators, all of which must be applied for at the same time.
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Total Licenses 1037
Roughly 380 retailers in 29 counties can now sell both medical and adult-use cannabis.
Dispensary: 437
County population in 201949,831
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Total # of Counties51
Total # of Cities/Towns129 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities and towns

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Business Climate

Overall, the majority of the state has embraced the formal legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use in Montana. With few notable exceptions, licensing of all Montana cannabis license operations continues to be moving at a reasonable pace. While there are many existing Montana cannabis licensees in the state, there remains opportunities for well-established individuals and businesses within the Montana cannabis market. While it’s too early to predict front runners and new MSOs to enter this market, this remains on the top of industry watchers wild card slots as recreation use of cannabis in Montana gets underway.

Montana is both the best of the states and the worst of the states for doing business. This state is ranked especially high in its rate of new entrepreneurs with relatively low state taxes and a high survival rate for new businesses. The high level of entrepreneurship activity in Montana is founded on dense networks of active local support organizations that are well-perceived and utilized. These networks include non-profit business resources like universities, industry alliances, government organizations, business incubators, and volunteer-led groups. Surrounded by national park arrears with Montana cannabis outdoor and recreational opportunities, and proximity, residents enjoy attractive downtowns, short commutes, good public schools, and family-friendly communities.

Real Estate & Zoning

Consideration for regional and local zoning with regard to allowed proximity to certain business types, schools, and other prohibited areas. This section will also address if possession of real estate is required for licensing prior to Montana cannabis license application submission. Businesses and individuals must provide proof the property owner will allow marijuana-related activities to operate on the proposed premises. If you do not own the property, you may use this form as proof of permission from your property owner you are allowed to use the property for marijuana-related activities.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Montana Department of Revenue has created a Cannabis Control Division which is overseeing the licensing and regulation of the newly approved adult-use cannabis program. 

Edible products are limited to 10 mg servings and 100 mg per package. THC percentage in flower is limited to 35%. Topical products may not contain a THC% greater than 6% and may not exceed 800 mg of THC per package. Capsules, transdermal patches and suppositories can not contain more than 100 mg of THC; 800 mg total per package. These limits are specific to the adult-use cannabis market and do not apply to the medical market. 

No, Montana does not allow licenses to be sold or transferred to different ownership. 

From January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 the Montana Department of Revenue is only accepting applications from businesses either licensed under the previous medical marijuana program or had applications pending for a medical marijuana facility license on or before Nov 3, 2022. After June 30th 2023 the Montana Department of Revenue will issue guidance for general applicants wishing to apply for an adult-use cannabis facility license. To start preparing for Montana’s general application period please book a consultation with the Cannabis License Experts team. 

Unlike most other states, Montana is allowing cannabis operations and sales to be permitted in counties where the majority of voters approved Initiative 190 which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state. These counties have the option to allow the sale of adult-use cannabis within their counties through a local referendum. 

No, the state regulations do not limit the number of licenses or the type of licenses an entity can hold. Organizations are allowed to operate multiple dispensary locations however every location will need separate approval from the state.

Yes, Montana requires that a location is secured and proof of the right to occupy is required during this process. 

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Applying for a Cannabis License in Montana?
While the Montana cannabis license application period is not currently open, Montana cannabis license applications are expected to be available for new businesses starting July 2023. CLE can develop a preliminary business and feasibility plan to help give an understanding of business viability within this emerging market and act as a roadmap to getting your Montana cannabis license.
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