Medical marijuana is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. These include pain relief (especially neuropathic pain), nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, cancer, or dementia.
Medical cannabis can be used in many preparations, from topicals, to tinctures, capsules, oils, various edible products as well as vape cartridges and smoked flower
- positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome when the condition or disease results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient's health status
- cachexia or wasting syndrome
- severe chronic pain that is persistent pain of severe intensity that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient's treating physician
- intractable nausea or vomiting
- epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
- multiple sclerosis
- Crohn's disease
- painful peripheral neuropathy
- a central nervous system disorder resulting in chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms
- admittance into hospice care
- post-traumatic stress disorder
New patients must meet with a doctor for a review of their medical condition(s) and records to determine if they qualify for the Montana Medical Marijuana program. Once approved by the doctor, the patient must then register and pay the state application fee online via TAP Portal.
A temporary card will be issued to the patient through their TAP Portal license dashboard after submitting payment for application fee. The temporary card will allow patients to purchase for 60 days.
Medical marijuana cards must be renewed annually. Patients must see the doctor and register with the state through the TAP Portal annually, approximately two weeks prior to their card expiration date.
The fee to see the doctor is $160 (cash or money order) and the state fee is $22.60. The fees are the same for new patients and renewals.
Patients can request a replacement card through their TAP Portal account. Login and then select +CREATE NEW APPLICATION and then select Report Lost Patient Card. Follow web site prompts from there.
Patients can request an update through their TAP Portal account. Login and then select +CREATE NEW APPLICATION and then select Patient Update. Follow web site prompts from there.
People under the supervision of the department of corrections are currently not eligible to to participate in the Montana Medical Marijuana Program. When supervision ends, they can then apply for their card.