The Montana Cannabis Industry Association (MTCIA) is a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to promoting legal access of medical cannabis to Montanans with qualifying medical conditions. Our organization advocates for the professional, ethical and legal standards that insure medical cannabis businesses operate within a structured, well-regulated business model which serves the best interest of Montana communities. We continue to support medical research efforts that explore the use of cannabis in treating cancers and other debilitating illnesses which afflict a broad spectrum of our society.
Qualifying medical conditions under current Montana law:
- Intractable nausea or vomiting
- Epilepsy or an intractable seizure disorder
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn's disease
- Painful peripheral neuropathy
- Severe chronic pain
Message from the board of the MTCIA
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting legal access of medical cannabis to Montanans with qualifying medical conditions.
One of the most prominent groups of people whom can benefit greatly from medical cannabis is seniors. As our population in Montana ages, our seniors begin to suffer from a broad range of age-related illnesses including arthritis and other medical conditions that cause chronic pain. Traditional medicine has very few options for the treatment of chronic pain. All of those options have very severe and sometimes deadly side effects. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can cause damage to the liver, kidneys and heart when used over long periods of time. Pharmaceutical narcotic pain medications are highly addictive and dangerous. On average, 300 Montanans die each year from toxic overdoses of prescription pain medications. Cannabis has been shown to be very effective when used in a medically-supervised pain management regimen without the risk of devastating and deadly side effects. It is MTCIA’s goal to make medical cannabis accessible to all Montana’s seniors in medical facilities and nursing homes by the end of the decade.
The most widely-known benefit of medical cannabis involves cancer patients undergoing chemo-therapy. The side effects of chemo-therapy include severe nausea, loss of appetite and depression. The most deadly symptom seen in cancer patients is depression. Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Depression is widely seen as the primary cause. Studies have shown that cancer patients who use cannabis in conjunction with chemo-therapy have fewer instances of depression and generally respond better to treatment than patients that do not use cannabis during treatment. MTCIA continues to press the medical community to make cannabis therapy more mainstream as a treatment regimen.
Our veterans who have served their country so valiantly often return from combat situations with horrible injuries that affect them for the remainder of their lives. They should not be forced by the Veterans Administration physicians into a regimen of prescription pain medications that lead to addiction, depression and, sadly, in many cases, suicide. PTSD and depression cause an extremely high rate of suicides in veterans returning from combat arenas. MTCIA supports congressional efforts to make cannabis available to veterans without fear of reprisals from VA doctors.
Epilepsy is a terrible neurological disorder that causes devastating, uncontrollable seizures. This terrible disease affects people in every age group including young children. Conventional treatment with prescription opioids will rob a young child afflicted with epilepsy of the opportunity to develop normal mental and social functions when used over a period of years. One of the components of the cannabis plant, cannabidiol or CBD, has been used very effectively in blocking the seizures in epilepsy patients without the “buzz” associated with the psychotropic component known as THC. Cannabidiol treatments allows young epilepsy sufferers to develop normally and lead active, productive lives. Some Epilepsy Foundations have adopted policies supporting the use of cannabis as a treatment regimen for epilepsy.
MTCIA is the ONLY organization in Montana fighting for the medical use of cannabis. We are currently involved in the process of passing a ballot initiative that protects legal access of cannabis to patients suffering from qualifying illnesses. Our ballot initiative protects doctors’ ability to make medical cannabis referrals without interference from state entities. This initiative also protects medical cannabis providers by creating a structured, well-regulated business model that serves the best interest of Montanans. We cannot do this alone. We need your help.