There are three key steps to becoming a registered patient in Montana


DIAGNOSIS

Montana's law specifies the medical conditions for which physicians are authorized to make cannabis recommendations (MCA 50-46-102):

     "Debilitating medical condition" means:

  • cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency  syndrome, or the treatment of these conditions;
  • a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
  • cachexia or wasting syndrome;
  • severe or chronic pain;
  • severe nausea;
  • seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy; or
  • severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease; or
  • any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.
 
DOCTOR's RECOMMENDATION
You need a physician to sign the state health department's cannabis recommendation form, which is available on the Internet at: 
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/medicalmarijuana/physicianformnewapp.pdf
 
FILE an APPLICATION
A patient must send his/her application form (and fee) to the state health department along with the signed physician recommendation.  The application fee is $50, and the application form is available on the Internet.  

The same form can be used to register a caregiver (each registered patient is allowed to have one).  Links to a copy of Montana's law, and to Frequently Asked Questions (and answers).  A financial assistance program exists to help patients for whom the application fee is prohibitive.  Please contact PFU for more information.