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Montana Marijuana FAQ Adult-Use Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin On New Year’s Day 2022


From possession limits to travel tips, here's what you need to know to keep on the right side of the new law.

by Max Savage Levenson Montana Free Press

On Jan. 1, 2022, adultuse recreational marijuana will become available for purchase in Montana. The launch of the new market raises a wide range of questions, from how much marijuana an individual can possess, to whether they can consume it in a national park, to the types of products that will be available for purchase.

Read on for answers to those questions, and many more, in this MTFP guide to the state’s post-prohibition marijuana marketplace. Who Can Buy Marijuana In Montana?

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, any adult age 21or older can purchase marijuana and marijuana products. That includes Montana residents, residents of other American states and territories, and international travelers with valid identifi-


What Do I Need To Bring With Me To A Dispensary?

Bring identification proving that you are 21 years of age.

Virtually all marijuana transactions are in cash due to ongoing federal restrictions on banking services for the industry. Bring your own to avoid paying ATM fees at the shop.

Shops are required to put your purchases in a plastic, child-proof “exit bag.” On subsequent trips, bring that reusable exit bag with you to limit waste and avoid paying for a new one.

Especially during the opening weeks of the recreational program, bring a good dose of patience. Budtenders will be answering lots of questions from novice consumers, and lines may be long. Will The State Track My Purchases Or Put Me On A List Of Marijuana Consumers?

No. While a business can make a scan of your identifi- cation “to determine the consumer’s age,” per House Bill 701, the state’s legalization framework bill, it can only keep those records for 180 days. Furthermore, dispensaries are not permitted to share that information with the state, nor can they transfer or sell it to a third party. What Kinds Of Marijuana Products Can I Purchase At A Montana Dispensary?

Customers will be able to purchase a wide array of products including marijuana flower (the smokable green buds), edibles, tinctures, vaporizer cartridges, concentrates and topicals. These products must be produced within...