Jan. 1, 2022, adult-use recreational marijuana became legal to purchase in Montana. While this does mean folks 21-years and older can legally purchase marijuana and marijuana from dispensaries, or grow plants of their own, there are some rules and regulations that some might not be aware of. There are also some additional risks, according to Mary Miller, Toole County Youth for Alliance coordinator.

“There are a lot of risk factors, especially when it comes to teens,” said Miller. “My biggest concern for Cut Bank is increased crime, since this is a cash only business. We (Alliance for Youth) are working with the county to create a focus group to help. They would like to use the revenue to hire additional officers, since the crime rate is so high there.”

Glacier County is a “green” county and marijuana is available for purchase at the dispensaries located there, as it is available. One can also make the trip to Great Falls as there are multiple dispensaries available and Cascade County is also “green.”

Keep in mind, even if the county is “green,” marijuana can only be consumed on private property and away from public view.

According to Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, (DPHHS), children are most susceptible to some dangerous side effects from marijuana. These include an increased risk of anxiety, depression and psychosis. Other effects include problems with concentration and thinking and cognitive impairment.

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