Cannabis Control Division June Newsletter

June 2, 2023

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

  • Town Hall Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • Changes To Concentrates
  • Speaking To Your Medical Provider
  • Facts About Ingested, Marijuana-Infused Products
  • METRC Reminders
  • Deficiency Responses
  • Packaging and Labeling Approval Letters

Town Hall Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The Cannabis Control Division (CCD) is hosting a virtual Town Hall on June 6th.

CCD will provide information about the cannabis laws updated during Montana’s 68th legislative session.

The Town Hall will be held at 3 p.m. on June 6th via Zoom. To attend, please click the link below.

Please review our legislative changes summary on our website:

We would appreciate all questions being submitted prior to the Town Hall, so we may review and address as many as possible during the meeting. Please click on the link below to submit your questions and concerns.

Changes To Concentrates

HB 128 changed the definition of “marijuana product” to include concentrates intended for smoking or vaping. This change means that cartridges and concentrates cannot contain more than 800 milligrams of THC to sell to adult-use consumers. (e.g. 1 gram cartridges must be 80% THC or less).

If your inventory offers cartridges containing more than 800 milligrams, they can only be sold to medical cardholders. These cartridges must be labeled with an approved Medical Only (Excessive THC) label containing the statements “For medical use only” and “This product is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat, cure, or prevent any disease” per ARM 42.39.314(8).

Speaking To Your Medical Provider

Before consuming marijuana and marijuana products, it is recommended to speak honestly and openly with your medical provider, and your pharmacist, to avoid any possible adverse effects.

Facts About Ingested, Marijuana-Infused Products

Edible marijuana products provide an alternative to smoking marijuana and marijuana products, such as marijuana concentrates and extracts. There are important factors to consider before consuming edibles.

METRC Reminders:

  • Only use milligrams (mg) for the creating of marijuana-infused items
  • Plant tags should be kept with harvested plants until packages are created
  • Check medical cardholders’ purchase history to ensure the sale of cannabis product will not violate the cardholders’ monthly and/or daily limits. Oversale on a medical card will be a deficiency at inspection and cannot be cured retroactively.

Deficiency Responses

As of February 23, 2023, deficiency responses must be submitted through the TransAction Portal (TAP). You must submit your responses and any documentation within 10 days of receiving your Deficiency Report letter.

After you submit your deficiency response, you will receive a “Deficiency Follow-Up Letter.” This is the last letter you will receive concerning your deficiencies.

If you have any “uncured” deficiencies for which you would like to submit further documentation, you must submit it using the “Submit Requested Documents” method. However, you will not receive any correspondence indicating the deficiencies have been cured or not cured.

It is a best practice to submit all documentation with your deficiency response. Below is a link to the instructions on how to submit deficiency responses.

Packaging and Label Approval Letters

Per ARM 42.39.320(24):

“A licensee must maintain approval letters for all product packaging, labels, and exit packages at the licensed premises and shall make those letters available to department inspectors upon request.”

Licensees must print all approval letters for packaging and labeling and keep them in a binder on site.