Cannabis Control Division February Newsletter

February 1, 2024

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

  • CCD Town Hall on February 28th, 2024
  • Cannabis Business Cost Survey-Business Operators
  • Administrative Rules Hearings-Audio Recordings Now Available
  • Business License Extension Requests & Deficiency Correction Responses
  • Updates from the Synthetic Advisory Council
  • Synthetic Marijuana-New Educational Resources
  • Entering a 10% Variance on Edibles
  • Processing Jobs in Metrc
  • List of Controlling Beneficial Owners-Now Available

CCD Town Hall on February 28th, 2024

The Cannabis Control Division is hosting a virtual Town Hall on February 28th, 2024. To help us address your questions, we’ve created a form for you to submit any questions you may have. This is your chance to contribute to the discussion and help us focus on the issues that matter most to our community.


Your insights are crucial to fostering a productive conversation during the Town Hall. We look forward to discussing your comments and concerns.

Cannabis Business Cost Survey-Business Operators

The Montana Cannabis Control Division has partnered with Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) on the launch of a first-of-its-kind nationwide survey of cannabis business operators. Developed by CPPC, the Cannabis Business Cost Survey aims to more fully understand the financial burdens experienced by licensed cannabis business both within Montana and across the country.

By participating in this brief survey, your business will be contributing key data on real costs faced by the cannabis industry, which will be used to inform regulatory standards and develop reports to cannabis industry regulators nationwide.

  • As a thank you for participating, a free public report will be released through Montana Cannabis Control Division, highlighting key insights and providing summary findings. The CCD will share the survey results in a future newsletter.
  • This survey will take 10 minutes or less of your time, and your identity will remain anonymous. The survey opens on February 12, 2024, and will close on February 19, 2024.
  • To complete the survey, please visit the link below.

Administrative Rules Hearings-Audio Recordings Now Available

The department’s proposed rules hearings, (MAR Notices 42-1072 and 42-1073), were conducted and are now available via audio recording:

  • MAR 42-1072, audio: pertaining to implementation of House Bills 128, 903, and 948 (2023), and revising requirements applicable to chemical, infused product, and mechanical manufacturers of marijuana.
  • MAR 42-1073, audio: pertaining to packaging and labeling of marijuana; marijuana wholesaling; and marijuana advertising.

Business License Extension Requests & Deficiency Correction Responses

Please be aware that requesting a license extension during renewal will ONLY extend your business’s license expiration date.


A license extension request does NOT extend the deadline for submitting a statement of deficiency response.


Responses to a Deficiency Report must be submitted within 10 days of the letter date. Thank you for your compliance.


Updates from the Synthetic Advisory Council

The Synthetic Advisory Council last met on January 4th, 2024. The recording can be found here.


The next Synthetic Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for February 8th, 2024. The public is invited to observe the next Synthetic Advisory Council meeting at the link below.

Synthetic Marijuana-New Educational Resources!

The processing, manufacture, and sales of synthetic marijuana products in the state of Montana is prohibited. Wondering about synthetic marijuana? New educational resources are now available for review.

Entering a 10% Variance on Edibles

Through the passage of HB 229, a 10% variance on the personal possession limits allowed for edibles became effective October 1st, 2023.

Metrc users will no longer have to create a new item in Metrc for the same item that varies in potency. Edibles that test between 90 and 110mg of THC should all be categorized as 100mg. This allows for the variance and does not infringe on cardholder allotments or flag the licensee for an oversale.

Example: If the Metrc user inputs the unit THC that includes the variance (105mg) and sells 8 of these to a cardholder, it will flag as an oversale for the licensee, additionally it will impact the cardholder allotment making the cardholder run out of their allotment 5% faster.

The Department of Revenue is currently proposing a rule that would require the label to state the actual THC amounts per serving(s) and per package, as provided in the testing results.

Any questions regarding this should be directed to your regional inspector.

Processing Jobs in Metrc

On February 1st, 2024, a new method of recording processing in Metrc will be implemented. To help manufacturers prepare for this change, the CCD has created the Processing Job Type Template.

Licensees can begin preparing for the transition by completing this worksheet and then adding the information to Metrc once it becomes available on February 1st, 2024.

Metrc has also prepared a more comprehensive guide (with screenshots) that provides an overview of the processing job functionality located on the website.

Controlling Beneficial Owners List


A list of all controlling beneficial owners for each licensee is now available. Please note this list is required by statute (MCA 16-12-104(11)). A controlling beneficial owner is defined in MCA 16-12-102(7). This list is for informational purposes only.