Montana And CBD

Montana is one of the few states that has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to its hemp and marijuana laws. In fact, Montana’s state officials were fighting for the legalization of medical marijuana as early as 2004. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that Montana has some very relaxed CBD laws now that the 2018 Farm Bill has passed.

State Laws

In this section, we’ll break down each law that Montana has regarding CBD, and we’ll even give you a little bit of insight into Montana’s long history with cannabis legalization.

Montana’s History With Cannabis

Montana’s history with cannabis isn’t directly linked to its current CBD laws, but it should give you some insight into why the state jumped right on the CBD bandwagon.

First, Montana’s legislative authorities were some of the first people to fight for the legalization of marijuana. They were pushing to make medical marijuana legal for residents who suffered from very serious illnesses such as cancer and cerebral palsy in 2004. That was a time period when you could still see misleading anti-marijuana ads between Saturday morning cartoons.

They came pretty close to winning that fight, too. The bill was originally passed with a 60-percent approval rate, but it was revoked shortly after when the governor created a new bill. The process repeated itself once more, but in 2016, the state’s senators were finally able to legalize medical marijuana without it getting revoked shortly after.

Around the same time that medical marijuana was legalized in Montana, CBD started to make a buzz in the nation’s newspapers and news broadcasts. It was praised as a magical cure all that didn’t have any psychoactive effects. Naturally, Montana’s legislators were interested in legalizing the new product, and they jumped on it when the 2018 Farm Bill was passed.

Is CBD Legal In Montana?

If you read the previous paragraph, you probably already know the answer to this question. CBD is 100-percent legal in Montana. The state immediately started working to legalize it when the federal government started developing the 2018 Farm Bill.

However, not all forms of CBD are available to the general public. While hemp-derived CBD can be purchased or sold by just about anyone, medical CBD is reserved for people who already qualify for a medical marijuana card. That’s because medical CBD has too much THC in it, and it falls under the same laws that govern medical marijuana usage in Montana. This is one of the few restrictions that Montana’s state officials have placed on CBD products.

Is There An Age Limit?

You might be wondering if there’s an age limit in place to keep minors from purchasing CBD products. There aren’t any age limits. Your teenage son can easily buy some CBD candies or creams, and he won’t be breaking the law. Some store owners or cashiers might ask for an identification card, and they might give them the same odd looks that they give teens when they buy condoms or anything else that is viewed as an adult item, but they aren’t breaking the law.

With that being said, you probably shouldn’t allow small children to purchase or use CBD products unless they’re suffering from something that CBD can treat. You risk giving them a pretty bad headache, and you might make their stomachs upset to the point that they throw up. They won’t experience any serious issues, but children tend to get pretty cranky when they’re uncomfortable.

Can I Buy Edibles?

You can buy edibles in Montana. Many corner stores and wellness shops have already started selling fruit leathers, candies, chocolates, and pre-canned drinks that contain CBD. While most other states haven’t legalized CBD edibles, Montana is ahead of the curve.

Do Restaurants Offer CBD Menu Items?

CBD menu items haven’t picked up steam in Montana, but they aren’t illegal. You can find some fancy coffee shops that have started offering CBD-infused drinks, but they’re not common. If you want to have the option to order a CBD-infused menu item, you might want to express your interest to the owners of establishments that you frequently visit. If there’s enough demand for it, they’ll start putting it on their menus.

Are Any Products Banned?

While Montana has very lenient CBD laws, the state does have one restriction that affects commercial CBD products. They cannot have therapeutic claims on them, and state officials have officially stated that store owners and other retailers should not tell customers that CBD treats any illnesses.

However, the state has not been punishing store owners for informing their customers. The law isn’t enforced very well. As long as a product’s packaging doesn’t have any claims on it, there isn’t anything to worry about.

This isn’t a regulation that should make you feel as if Montana’s state officials are heavily regulating CBD. The law actually protects CBD in the state. Once a product makes therapeutic claims, the FDA can step in and fine retailers. If there aren’t any claims, a loophole can be used to keep the FDA at bay.

Can I Get A Prescription For CBD?

You cannot get a prescription for CBD for the same reasons that retailers can’t make therapeutic claims about CBD. The FDA would have a field day taking licenses away from doctors.

However, your doctor can help you get a medical marijuana card, and if you happen to get one, you can use it to purchase medical marijuana or medical CBD. You’ll have to have a serious illness to get a hold of one, but that’s how it is in almost every state.

Can I Travel With CBD?

If you stay in Montana, you can go wherever you want with CBD. There aren’t any laws that restrict where you can take it. However, you should be careful trying to drive when you use it for the first time. While it’s a pretty rare occurrence, some people experience really bad headaches when they use CBD, and that can make it difficult for you to operate a vehicle. It’s not illegal to do so, but you should take your own safety into account. Try to use CBD at home the first few times you use it, and if you’re comfortable with it, you can start using it whenever you want.

We can not guarantee that you can safely travel with CBD if you leave the state, though. Some states that are close to Montana have very strict CBD laws, and you might get in trouble if you cross their state lines. Read our other guides before you travel to another state.

Federal Laws

The federal government has a very different view on CBD and cannabis in general. The federal government only really legalized hemp in an attempt to make more efficient industrial materials. Since hemp can be used to make concrete, plastic, rope, and other materials that are necessary for multiple industries, and it grows very quickly, it only made sense to legalize it. Legalizing CBD was just an unexpected side-effect of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Since the federal government isn’t really concerned with CBD oil, it hasn’t done much about it. The 2018 Farm Bill hasn’t been reworded to help ease the confusion that is being experienced around the country, and the FDA has been put in charge of regulating CBD.

That has led to issues that affect traveling with CBD, distributing CBD, and regulating CBD on the state level, and the federal government isn’t doing anything about that.

However, there might be some hope for CBD users when it comes to the federal government. While federal officials haven’t done much on their own, several state officials have started pressuring them to do something. They’re not pushing for more lenient laws. They’re just pushing for properly worded CBD laws. If that works, we should see the same CBD laws across the entire nation. Right now, we have a mixed pot of random laws and nonsense.

How To Use It

Unless you want medical CBD, you can buy anything you want from a large variety of CBD products. So, we’re going to cover entire categories in this section.

Food And Drinks

Edible CBD items are available in Montana, and you can find them just about anywhere. You have a lot of different food items and drinks that you can buy, too. CBD-infused fruit leathers, candies, chocolates, ice creams, and other sweet treats are all available in grocery stores, and you can find CBD-infused kombucha, juice, coffee, and alcohol in some stores.

Cosmetics And Bath Items

If you’re struggling to keep your face from getting wrinkly, or if you want to have a relaxing bath every night, you might want to try some CBD-infused aging creams or bath bombs.

Most cosmetic creams with CBD are designed to fight against wrinkles and certain skin conditions, and most bathroom items are bath bombs and soaps. You don’t have a wide variety of different products to choose from, but you can try different brands for different scents and other qualities.

Basic Products

You can find all of the CBD industry’s basic items in Montana, too. Lotions, oils, tinctures, patches, and creams are all available. They’re all used differently, and some are better for certain reasons. So, make sure you research individual products thoroughly before you buy anything.

Pet Products

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be happy to hear that you can buy CBD for your pets in Montana. Your choices are fairly limited because the pet industry hasn’t had a lot of time to catch up with the CBD industry, but you can still find a small selection of sprays, oinments, and treats. You shouldn’t give any CBD products to your pets unless they need them, though. They’re used to treat anxiety and pain.

Final Thoughts

Montana has been at the forefront of the fight for cannabis legalization since cannabis was considered to be just as bad as hard drugs. So, it isn’t surprising to hear that the state is very lenient when it comes to CBD and hemp. There are two very minor regulations in place, but CBD users should absolutely love living in Montana.