Inspections

The Cannabis Compliance Division employs inspectors throughout the state and conducts inspections on all marijuana facilities prior to initial licensure and each annual renewal. Inspections are completed at least once per year, but there may be additional inspections throughout the year. CCD conducts a variety of inspection types including announced, unannounced, complaint driven, compliance verification, renewal, follow-up, and pre-licensing inspections. Inspectors will contact a licensee via phone or email to schedule inspections unless an unannounced inspection is being conducted. 

New Licenses

Compliance Specialists complete initial application review including verifying local jurisdictional requirements, property information, and business entity information before passing the application on to the regional inspector. If any of the information provided on the application is non-compliant or inaccurate, the application will not move forward.

Inspectors will then schedule a pre-licensing inspection at the prospective location. The site(s) must be fully ready to begin operations to pass inspection. This includes having everything available for inspection necessary for the operation of that business location such as cultivation equipment, manufacturing equipment, and required signage.

To pass an inspection, the location must have all applicable documentation, signs, standard operating procedures, and square footage equipped for cultivation. Requirements are outlined in the checklist linked below.

Post Inspection

After the inspection is completed, the provider will receive a statement of deficiencies from their inspector.

  • The provider is required to respond to the deficiencies on a deficiency report response form and submit via the TransAction Portal (TAP) within 10 days. If a response is not received within the 10 days, the department will assume that the deficiencies have not been corrected.
  • It is important that each response provided by the licensee to address a deficiency be uploaded in the TAP and given a unique name to allow easy identification by the Inspector Supervisors.
  • The licensee will be provided a final post inspection report, even if no deficiencies are identified or corrective action required.

Once the written response is received from the provider, the inspector will review the response to assure it aligns with statute as now being compliant.

If the corrections can be verified through photo evidence in the written response:

  • A department response will be sent approving or denying the correction within 10 days.
  • If corrections are approved, the license or application will move forward.
  • The license will not move forward until compliance is met.

If the corrections cannot be verified through photo evidence:

  • A follow-up inspection will be scheduled within 10 days of the deficiency report response being received by the department.
  • A written response will follow the follow-up inspection within 10 days, approving or denying correction.
    • If corrections are approved, the license or application will move forward
    • The license will not move forward until compliance is met.

Inspection Regions

Region 1

Region 1 is made up of the following counties:

  • Beaverhead
  • Cascade
  • Chouteau
  • Deer Lodge
  • Granite
  • Hill
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Madison
  • Meagher
  • Powell
  • Silver Bow

Region 2

Region 2 is made up of the following counties:

  • Mineral
  • Missoula
  • Ravalli
  • Sanders

Region 3

Region 3 is made up of the following counties:

  • Blaine
  • Flathead
  • Glacier
  • Lake
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Pondera
  • Teton
  • Toole

Region 4

Region 4 is made up of the following counties:

  • Broadwater
  • Gallatin County
  • Park

Region 5

Region 5 is made up of the following counties:

  • Big Horn
  • Carbon
  • Carter
  • Custer
  • Daniels
  • Dawson
  • Fallon
  • Fergus
  • Garfield
  • Golden Valley
  • Judith Basin
  • McCone
  • Musselshell
  • Petroleum
  • Phillips
  • Powder River
  • Prairie
  • Richland
  • Roosevelt
  • Rosebud
  • Sheridan
  • Stillwater
  • Sweet Grass
  • Treasure
  • Valley
  • Wheatland
  • Wibaux
  • Yellowstone