Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Card in Montana

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How Many Medical Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Treatment in Montana?

As of 2024, there are 13 medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Montana. These include 12 medical conditions and admittance to hospice care.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Card in Montana 2024

Montana requires those applying for its medical marijuana card to be diagnosed with one or more of the following qualifying conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Severe chronic pain
  • Intractable nausea or vomiting
  • Epilepsy or intractable seizure disorder
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Chronic, painful spasticity or muscle spasms caused by a central nervous system disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In addition to these conditions, Montana also approves its medical marijuana card for patients in hospice care.

Does Montana Add New Qualifying Conditions to its Medical Marijuana Program?

Yes. When the Montana medical marijuana program started in 2004, it specified 12 qualifying conditions. PTSD was included on the list of qualifying conditions when the program expanded in 2016. Montana does not accept petitions to add new illnesses to its list of qualifying medical conditions.

Does Montana Allow Physicians to Recommend Medical Cannabis for Non-Qualifying Conditions?

No. Physicians can only recommend medical marijuana in Montana for qualifying conditions listed in the state’s medical cannabis law.

Do You Need a Doctor’s Recommendation for Medical Marijuana in Montana?

Yes. Qualifying patients in Montana must obtain physician recommendations to be eligible for medical marijuana use. Physicians that can issue such certifications include state-licensed Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs).

Who Qualifies for a Medical Marijuana Card in Montana?

In addition to living with a qualifying medical condition, Montana requires anyone applying for its medical marijuana card to be:

  • A resident of the state
  • 18 years old. Minors need the consent of their parents or legal guardians to apply for a medical marijuana card in Montana
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