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Is recreational marijuana use legal in Montana?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Today, state governments are becoming more lenient about marijuana use. If you are in a state where it is no longer prohibited, you should be careful not to cross the line between what’s legal and what’s not.

In Montana, the recreational use of marijuana is legal for citizens who are 21 years of age and older. As of 2022, licensed dispensaries may sell marijuana paraphernalia to adult consumers.

However, you can only buy or sell these products in “green” counties, where most of the voters approved their use. Examples of these counties are Lincoln, Glacier, Hill and Valley.

Residents can also grow their own marijuana in the state. Adults may cultivate up to two mature plants and two seedlings in their homes for recreational use. Meanwhile, patients using it as part of their therapies may grow up to four mature plants and four seedlings.

Things to remember when using marijuana

While nonmedicinal use of marijuana is now legal in Montana, there are still restrictions you should remember. Here’s what you must know before you purchase or transport any products:

  • Crossing state lines with marijuana is illegal.
  • State law prohibits its use in public areas.
  • It is unlawful to possess marijuana in hospitals and other health care institutions, but you may bring it with you if you use it for medical purposes.
  • Driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Keeping these pointers in mind may help prevent legal headaches and also encourage safe and responsible marijuana use.

Use marijuana responsibly and avoid drug charges

Before buying a marijuana product, make sure you are purchasing from a licensed seller in a green county. Use it only in private spaces and don’t drive if you are under the influence.

If you are facing a drug charge but are sure you didn’t violate any laws, you should know your rights. A legal professional may help you understand what steps to take.