The recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Montana on January 1, 2021, and it didn't take long for dispensaries to open all over the state. According to statistics, Montana ranks fairly high among states where residents regularly use cannabis.

In Montana's most populated cities, cannabis dispensaries are a common sight. It seems like there's a different one on every block. The use of medical cannabis was first legalized in California in 1996. Montana wasn't far behind, legalizing medical use in 2004.

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When voters approved recreational cannabis sales in 2020, medical dispensaries were able to switch from medical to recreational with ease because the infrastructure was already in place.

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As of August 2023, adult-use recreational cannabis sales in the state had already reached $23,728,009 for the year, according to the Montana Department of Revenue. From January 2022 to date, adult-use sales have totaled $516,237,988.

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Where Does Montana Rank For Cannabis Use Compared to Other States?

According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, Montana ranks in the top 15 for regular cannabis use in America, and surprisingly ranks higher than California, based on use per capita. Montana ranked #14 out of all 50 states. Vermont ranked #1, followed by Oregon at #2. Montana ranks 8th nationwide for first-time cannabis users.

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How Does Montana Spend Tax Money From Cannabis Sales?

There's a 20% tax on adult-use recreational cannabis sales in Montana, and medical users are required to pay a 4% tax. Here's a look at how Montana uses tax revenue generated from cannabis sales.

If you use or plan on using cannabis, please do so responsibly, and keep it out of the reach of children.

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