Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Licensing and Regulation

Testing Of Marijuana And Marijuana Products

16-12-209. Testing of marijuana and marijuana products. (1) A cultivator, manufacturer, adult-use dispensary, or medical marijuana dispensary may not sell marijuana or marijuana products until the marijuana or marijuana products have been tested by a testing laboratory and meet the requirements of this section. The licensee shall pay for the testing.

(2) A licensee shall submit material that has been collected in accordance with a sampling protocol established by the state laboratory by rule. The protocol must address the division of marijuana and marijuana products into batch sizes for testing.

(3) The state laboratory shall adopt rules regarding the types of tests that must be performed to ensure product safety and consumer protection. Rules must include but are not limited to testing for:

(a) the potency of the cannabinoids present; and

(b) the presence of contaminants.

(4) The testing laboratory shall conduct a visual inspection of each batch to determine the presence of levels of foreign matter, debris, insects, and visible mold.

(5) The state laboratory shall establish by rule the acceptable levels of moisture, pesticides, residual solvents, mold, mildew, foreign matter, debris, insects, and other contaminants that marijuana products may contain.

(6) The testing laboratory shall:

(a) issue a certificate of analysis certifying the test results; and

(b) report the results to the seed-to-sale tracking system established pursuant to 16-12-105.

(7) A licensee may request that material that has failed to pass the required tests be retested in accordance with the rules adopted by the state laboratory providing for retesting parameters and requirements.

(8) Marijuana or a marijuana product must include a label indicating that the marijuana or marijuana product has been tested.

(9) (a) The department shall collect and, except as provided in subsection (9)(b), destroy samples of marijuana and marijuana products that fail to meet the acceptable levels to ensure product safety and consumer protection.

(b) If a sample fails due to THC levels in excess of the allowable limit and is not deficient in any other respect, the department may dispose of the sample by means other than destruction in accordance with rule.

(c) The department may contract for the duties under this subsection (9).

History: En. Sec. 17, I.M. No. 190, approved Nov. 3, 2020; amd. Sec. 56, Ch. 576, L. 2021.