Montana Releases Proposed Changes for Expanded Medical Marijuana Program

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Montana Releases Proposed Changes for Expanded Medical Marijuana Program

The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will hold a public hearing Nov. 30 to discuss their newly released medical marijuana (MMJ) rules and regulations for the state’s expanded program.

Passed by the voters of Montana on Nov. 8, 2016, Initiative 182 authorized DPHHS to cultivate new rules and fees for the state’s burgeoning medical marijuana program.

Signed into law on May 19, 2017, Senate Bill 333 ensures elected officials will implement an inventory tracking system, issue licenses for MMJ dispensaries, provide endorsements for chemical manufacturing, establish taxes on providers and fees for dispensaries, and requirements for medical marijuana testing facilities.

Montana Hearing

The public hearing on Montana’s suggested modifications to their medical marijuana program will be held at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Department of Public Health and Human Services building, located at 111 N. Sanders, Helena, MT.

The state’s newly suggested medical marijuana rules will parallel other state-run programs that require potency and contamination testing, in addition to monitoring any and all seed-to-sale transactions, according to an email sent to the Billings Gazette by DPHHS spokesman Jon Ebelt.

Though costly, the recommended changes to Montana’s MMJ program represent some much-needed stability for the state’s 20,000 medical marijuana patients who depend on its fiscal sustainability.

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