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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Montana?

The state is currently licensing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Marijuana Testing Facilities. However, a dispensary can only be owned by a licensed Provider. Read the regulations for details.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) oversees the medical cannabis program and has released the application information and requirements for would-be entrepreneurs. The state has not indicated when they will close the licensing period, so act quickly to get your applications submitted.

Not Sure Where or How To Begin?

You need to be taking care of a bunch of critical pieces right now in order to be ready to submit your licensing applications. Grab our Starter Package for insider details about everything you should be doing at this very moment that no one will tell you about. (Hint: It’s a lot.)

What can you do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared when starting marijuana businesses, you should:

  • Read through the regulations.
  • If you're unsure about what do after reading the regulations, grab our Starter Package to give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to know and do right now to get your business going.

You'll need a business plan for licensing and even more so if you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners. See our Marijuana Company Business Plans page for details and get a business plan to fit your needs.

How To Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Montana

The state allows potential business owners to open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Montana. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license marijuana dispensaries for operation or not.

  1. Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your applications for licensing.
  2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
  3. Create your Marijuana Retail Business Plan.
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

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