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The Montana Department of Revenue and cannabis industry stakeholders alike were surprised to recently discover that HB 701, the state’s legalization framework bill, prohibits license holders from growing or selling hemp, and by extension, from producing the popular compound cannabidiol, or CBD, which is typically derived from hemp. The ban additionally prohibits license holders from selling any other brand’s CBD wares. 

“Frankly, I feel like we stumbled upon it. It wasn’t on our radar at all,” said Kristan Barbour, administrator of the Department of Revenue’s Cannabis Control Division.

CBD products by legal definition contain no more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, and are sold in many forms including edibles,

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