Montana Officials Strike Rule That Would Have Barred Cannabis Licensees From Selling Hemp

The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) has eliminated a rule in the state’s cannabis regulations that would have prohibited licensed medical and adult-use cannabis operators from selling hemp and hemp-derived products.

As originally written, House Bill 701, which implements the state’s voter-approved adult-use cannabis program, included a provision that prohibited licensees in the medical and adult-use markets from selling hemp and hemp-derived products, including CBD products. The original law also barred licensees from selling other brands’ CBD products, meaning those products would likely have been sold at gas stations and other non-specialty retailers in the state.

The state held a public hearing Nov. 16 on the first rules package of H.B. 701 and the public comment period on the regulations remains open until Nov. 29.

In addition, representatives from DOR’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD) met with the Economic Interim Affairs Committee Nov. 17 to seek clarity on the rules pertaining to hemp and CBD products.

Czelsi Gómez, a public information officer for DOR, told Cannabis Business Times and Hemp Grower before the meeting that it would “likely result in changes to the dispensary ban” that would have prohibited Montana’s licensed medical and adult-use cannabis retailers from selling hemp products.


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