Could Montana Follow Georgia’s Lead When it Comes to Medical Marijuana?
Georiga will soon be the first state to allow the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacies, according to CNN. The "...extremely narrow criteria spelled out in Georgia's conservative medical cannabis law" points to people having the ability to "buy low-dose THC products at their pharmacy--a first in the United States."
The question: could Montana be next?
Current Cannabis Sales and Licensing in Montana
According to the Cannabis Control Division of the Montana Department of Revenue, there are limitations that may make a provision like this more difficult in Montana.
Montana has "red" and "green" counties, and depending on the results of Initiative I-190, you may or may not be able to sell in a particular Montana county. That would limit which pharmacies could sell THC products.
Who Can Sell
There are limitations on who can sell. According to the Cannabis Control Division:
From January 1, 2022, until July 1, 2025, only Montana medical marijuana licensees who were licensed on April 27, 2021 (or had an application pending with DPHHS on that date) may be issued a license for cultivation, manufacture, or sale of adult-use marijuana. - mtrevenue.gov
It can be assumed that if a pharmacy didn't meet those criteria, it wouldn't be able to sell THC products.
Why It May Not Matter
In Montana, dispensaries can sell both medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana. It's possible that for now, there are enough THC products that having them available at pharmacies isn't necessary. Though, if a patient lives in a "red" county, that may not be the case.
But would it be more convenient? And if it would be, is that enough reason for state law to be changed? Send us your thoughts about having medical marijuana available in pharmacies on our app.
States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal
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