US (MT): End-of-session cannabis bills add mix of complications and relief for the industry

In the waning days of the 2023 Legislature, lawmakers passed a handful of bills that — if signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte — will have large impacts on the adult-use recreational cannabis industry in the state.

Some new policies — like an extended moratorium to prohibit new businesses until 2025 and new leniency with THC testing for edibles — could help bolster the industry. But others, like an enormous hike in license renewal fees, could make the industry more difficult for businesses to navigate.

Over the course of the session, the Legislature also put the kibosh on a handful of bills that would have had enormous consequences for the industry, most notably Kalispell Republican Sen. Keith Regier’s Senate Bill 546, which would have fully eliminated adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Montana.

Read on for a rundown of the cannabis bills that made the cut and those that fell by the wayside.


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