Cannabis Control Division December Newsletter

December 3, 2023

In this month’s newsletter, learn more about the following:

  • Montana Code Annotated Updated
  • Metrc Bulletins
  • Social Media Privacy Requirements
  • Marijuana and the Entourage Effect
  • Public Consumption Dinners Prohibited

Montana Code Annotated Updated

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) website has been updated. The updated statutes for marijuana laws are located in Title 16, Chapter 12.

To review the additions to the laws by the 2023 Montana Legislature, check out the link below:

Metrc Bulletins

Transfer hub and processing jobs will be coming soon to Metrc.

For more information, see future Metrc bulletins.

Social Media Privacy Requirements

Per ARM 42.39.123(8):

Marijuana business social media accounts that advertise marijuana or marijuana products must be private and must contain a clearly visible notice on the main page stating that only persons 21 years of age or older may follow the account.

Both requirements must be met for each of a business’s social media accounts. If your social media account is private, but does not contain a clearly visible notice that only persons 21 years of age or older may follow the account, your account is not considered compliant.

Again: if a social media site doesn’t allow for both requirements, you may not advertise marijuana or marijuana products on that site.

Marijuana and the Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is a theory proposing that various compounds occurring in the whole marijuana plant work together to create distinctive and effective benefits.

Marijuana plants contain delta-9 THC, a cannabinoid (chemical compound) associated with producing the “high” effect that consumers experience. However, there are numerous other cannabinoids found in marijuana in addition to delta-9 THC.

Recently, increased focus on the additional cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, as well as on marijuana’s terpenes (or essential oils) and the mechanisms by which terpenes produce the distinctive effects and benefits experienced by a consumer using marijuana and marijuana products, has provided more evidence of the Entourage Effect theory.

Marijuana and marijuana products are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


For more information on the Entourage Effect, check out the link below:

Public Consumption Dinners Prohibited


Per MCA 16-12-108(1)(k)(i) Public consumption of marijuana or marijuana products is currently not allowed. This includes any business that is considered public. Even if private dining rooms are provided, restaurants having an alcoholic beverage license, issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, are considered public for any part of the building within which alcohol is served, as stated in MCA 16-4-404(5).