Montana’s Best Dispensaries

We’ve highlighted a select few of some of the best dispensaries in Montana. What makes them the best? Some are the biggest; some are the most consistent; and some grow small batch craft—but all focus on both quality of the plant and education of the patient and consumer.

Lionheart Cannabis

Bozeman, Livingston, Butte, Helena, Missoula, Kalispell, Great Falls + Billings

Founded in Bozeman in 2007, Lionheart takes pride in providing customers with quality products, service and care. For over 15 years CEO Christopher Fanuzzi has been an industry leader, cultivating fine cannabis strains; lobbying for medical and adult use legalization; and innovating industry and business development. Lionheart is the home of the original Montana Silvertip. “Quality, Consistency, Compassion” is their motto!

“It is of utmost importance that every customer finds on our shelves the right cannabis products that work well for them. That’s why we have some of the best selection in Montana,” Fanuzzi says. “I invite you to come visit our full-service dispensaries in Bozeman, Livingston, Butte, Helena, Missoula, Kalispell, Great Falls and Billings, and enjoy our new low prices and exceptional quality and variety.”

All new customers receive 20% off their first order and a penny pre-roll. Join their Loyalty rewards program to get huge savings and earn nugbucks on every purchase!

lionheartcannabis.com 406-586-2837(BUDS)


Bloom Montana

21+ locations across Montana

Bloom Montana strives to make every customer’s experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Their qualified and attentive staff will answer any questions you may have.

Whether you’re an old school consumer, or this is your first time trying cannabis, Bloom wants to help you. Bloom proudly serves Montanans and visitors all over the state. With over 21 locations to choose from, you can find their products in all four corners of Montana.

In addition to a rewards program for medical patients, Bloom dispensaries also offer a 10% discount to military veterans as well as all current members of the US Armed Forces. Contact your local shop to find out more about Bloom Montana’s rewards programs. bloommt.com


Cloud

Missoula

One of Montana’s favorite cannabis brands, Cloud works hard to elevate the customer’s experience through quality, consistency and education.

Cloud is currently one of Montana’s top brands and is proud to partner with the number one brand of infused beverages, Sinful. Cloud has more than 150 in-house strains and continues to mine the biology of our beloved cannabis plant for the best of the best to serve their customers. Cloud is one of the only cannabis companies in the state to package their products in fully biodegradable plant-based plastic mylar.

Cloud is truly focused on you, the customer—the ones who propel this industry forward and give them a reason to do what they do. Cloud always has you covered. cloudcana.com


Sacred Sun Farms

Bozeman

Sacred Sun Farms is a company that was founded by four friends who are passionate about the environment, community, and access to cannabis. It is now a community of professionals who provide Clean Green CertifiedⓇ medicinal cannabis, extractions and infused products to anyone over the age of 21 and to patients of the Montana Medical Marijuana Program. The team at Sacred Sun Farms is committed to sustainability and operates as a circular economy. In addition, they are deeply connected to the communities they serve and engage in various fundraising and support efforts, including direct donations from sales. sacredsunfarms.org 406-624-6298


Euphoria Wellness

Bozeman, Butte, Missoula + Hamilton

Euphoria Wellness is a full-service cannabis dispensary that has been serving the Montana community since 2008. The dispensary operates in Gallatin County, Butte-Silver Bow County, Missoula County and Ravalli County. Euphoria Wellness is now offering recreational sales as well. The staff prides themselves on their carefully monitored cultivation processes, and the quality of the products they’re producing to share with patients and adult-use customers.

Euphoria Wellness offers a rotation of 40+ unique varieties of strains to suit a plethora of health concerns and customer needs. They also sell edibles, concentrates, topicals, paraphernalia and so much more. All of their products are vigorously tested by the state certified laboratories to ensure a safe and compliant product. euphoriawellnessmt.com


Greener Pastures

Bozeman, Big Sky, Missoula

Greener Pastures is a craft cannabis company that grows, processes, packages and sells flower, delectable edibles and concentrates while providing a luxurious, high-end experience. The business believes in providing a first-class experience at all touch points, including quality of their products, employee performance, customer service and professionalism at all of their stores.

Upon entering the dispensary, customers are greeted with a boutique-like atmosphere and top-notch customer service. The location itself is clean, safe and modern, and the staff at Greener Pastures is dedicated to helping patients discover the healing properties of marijuana through the use of potent and effective products. Whether for medical or recreational purposes, Greener Pastures strives to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all of its customers. greenerpastures.com 406-599-0923


Double Dogs

Big Sky, Bozeman, Missoula + Sydney

Established in 2016, Double Dogs has taken pride in delivering the highest quality cannabis products to Montanans. The craft cannabis company is powered by sustainable soil use, true organic growing techniques and the passion of their team. Double Dogs represents a genuine desire to thrive in life and enhance one’s experiences on every spectrum. Consistency and flavor has always been a top priority for all of their products. From cultivation to consumer, Double Dogs Cannabis has a higher standard in mind. The team’s love for the outdoors and close community gives them the opportunity to grow in the great state of Montana. ddcanna.com 406-371-9131


Natural Wellness

Butte, Lewistown, Belgrade + Helena

Natural Wellness was founded in 2017 with the goal of providing people with natural, non-pharmaceutical options for pain relief and overall wellness. The company offers a range of high quality, recreational and medical Montana-made products, including THC and full-spectrum CBD concentrates, vapes, flower, and edibles. Natural Wellness has five convenient locations in Butte, Lewistown, Belgrade and Helena, where their knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to assist with any questions about the Montana Medical or Recreational Marijuana Program. 406-513-1460


The Higher Standard

Helena, Butte + Missoula

Known for their wide selection of flowers, edibles, concentrates, equipment and accessories, The Higher Standard has been serving the Montana community since 2006. It was founded by a family friend who was diagnosed with cancer and saw a need for access to medical marijuana for patients in the area. The dispensary started out small, operating out of a broom closet and delivering directly to a small group of patients.

The staff are always happy to help customers find what they need or recommend something new. In addition, the dispensary takes pride in its in-house cultivation and manufacturing. With locations in Helena, Butte and Missoula, The Higher Standard is able to serve a wide area of Montana.

thehigherstandard406.com 406-459-2571


Herbaceous, Inc.

Butte, Big Sky, Bozeman

Founded in 2017, Herbaceous is a Montana family-owned dispensary with three locations, including the flagship storefront in Butte, a shop in Big Sky and a new dispensary in Bozeman. With deep roots and decades of cannabis experience, Herbaceous grows hand-trimmed, slow-cured artisanal quality flower with love and care on a local Montana farm.

From seed to sale, Herbaceous also manufactures concentrates and edibles and is committed to top quality products that customers across the state love. Dispensaries offer a variety of products with an exceptional, one-stop shopping opportunity. Herbaceous puts customers first and is committed to the experience each person has as they walk through the door. You’re invited to come into Herbaceous and enjoy the freshly harvested bounty!

herbaceousinc.com 406-995-4444

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Boveda CEO Sean Knutsen Talks Tech, Terps and Branding 

Boveda has been committed to protecting your passions for over 25 years with its unique two-way humidity control packets. Cannabis and cigar aficionados alike trust that the world’s most iconic little brown packet will control humidity and keep valuable smokables in premium condition. 

Sean Knutsen, President and CEO of Boveda, spoke to Cannabis Nowfounder and CEO, Eugenio Garcia, about the company’s surprise place in the legacy cannabis market and its plans to help cannabis consumers save their terps.

Boveda CEO Sean Knutsen

Cannabis Now: How did you get into the business?

Sean Knutsen: Six of us got together and formed the company in 1997— last July, we celebrated our 25th anniversary, which is pretty amazing. I’ve been CEO since the beginning.

Wow, congratulations. That’s amazing. And youve stood the test of time, as they say.

Those early days were tough, as anybody who started a business understands.

One of the founding team members, David, was involved in the cigar boom during the Nineties; he was a woodworker who made humidors. In fact, he was the guy that brought the six founding members together—two of whom recently retired from General Mills. Tim Swail (Executive VP, Marketing) and I were friends from college. Tim and I met David through our love for cigars and wanted one of his humidors. Long story short, we built a friendship. One day, he showed us a product that would control humidity inside containers. It was remarkable. 

David had a hard time controlling the humidity inside wooden humidors. A close friend of his family, Dr. Saari, was a senior chemist who had recently retired from General Mills. He was a multi-award-winning patent holder and worked in the Betty Crocker division, among other areas, including food preservation. Dr. Saari had the idea to take the technology used to control humidity in the lab at General Mills and make it portable for packaging applications. Until then, it wasn’t possible because the materials that could hold the liquid solution but still allow water vapor to pass through—the film, the membranes and so forth—didn’t exist.

The technology David showed us, which wasn’t named at that point, controlled humidity levels inside containers. Different solutions of salt and water have inherent characteristics to regulate different humidity levels. We knew the technology transcended the cigar market. Tim and I saw an opportunity to go into business together with David. He also brought in Dr. Saari, who had invented the technology, who then brought a colleague of his from General Mills, Robert Esse, who had also recently retired. Those two were on the science side, developing and patenting the technology.

The ideal relative humidity (RH) range for cannabis flower is 58%-62%. Maintaining this stable environment protects against trichome damage, terpene loss, overdrying and mold.

When did you decide to move into the cannabis market?

We’ve known cannabis benefited from moisture management since 1997 but didn’t expect cannabis to ever come to fruition for us as an application. We knew it was a great opportunity but didn’t think we would ever participate because it was illegal. 

Then, in 2006, we got a call from a home grower who was passionate about cannabis—and I remember receiving the phone call— who had gone into a cigar store and seen one of our products to control the humidity and he had a lightbulb moment. He thought, “My goodness, where was this when we would import cannabis off the shores of California illegally from the Far East and Central America and Mexico?” 

They bought cannabis by weight, so if the weed dried out, they would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. And now here’s our product in a bag that can control humidity. So, he started buying Boveda in cigar stores for his cannabis. But his operation got shut down and he spent five years in the clink. Eventually, he got out and became an advocate for the herbal medicine concept, legitimizing it for medicinal purposes. So Boveda has been serving cannabis users since 2007.

So, inadvertently, Boveda was part of the legacy market before cannabis was even legal.

I think it was in 2015 when I remember reading about a plane that had to make an emergency landing. And when it landed, these guys were busted because they were illegally transporting cannabis across state lines—turkey bags filled with weed were in the back of their plane. I saw a picture of this plane and in every one of those bags, there’s a Boveda. 

Another time, someone on our team was watching the reality show “Cops.” A cop pulled over some guy and they were going through his glove box and he had this stash bag. And then the cop took out a Boveda packet and said, “What is this thing?” And the guy goes, “Oh, that’s my Boveda for my weed.”

What percentage of Bovedas business is cannabis?

It’s very significant—just over roughly 50 percent.

Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control packets are available in a variety of sizes.

What are some of your most significant challenges?

The biggest challenge in this strategy is how to reach customers. Social media platforms, Google AdWords, Amazon—you name it. If you’re advertising tobacco and especially cannabis, you’ll get shut down. So, we must figure out a way to meet customers directly around those obstacles.

Does education play a significant role in your sales proposal to customers? Whats cutting through?

We now have many other tools at our disposal to help grow a brand that we didn’t have early on. But the most important thing by far is word of mouth. Just like any industry in any market—guitars, cigars, cannabis or anything else—people who use the product need to spread the word. In the early days, when we first launched our company and then in 2004, when we launched desktop humidors, we didn’t have any advertising budget and didn’t have social media the way we know it today. The brand grew phenomenally; for 18 consecutive years, the average compound growth is over 33%, which is remarkable growth. Reaching customers is like building blocks: You reach one, you reach to four, then eight, then 16, then 32. And it multiplies. It takes a while before you reach 50 million plus customers, but word of mouth is the most important way to reach them. 

Is the cannabis customer much different from the cigar customer? 

That’s a great question. There are some differences in the market and how you reach them. A lot of it has to do with when customers experience the product. There was an explicit need for Boveda with cigars because you don’t buy a cigar outside of a humidor and everybody knows that. The common thing is that we improve the customer’s experience with both cigars and cannabis.

Who do you turn to keep your true north when it comes to cannabis? Do you have a cannabis evangelist or a cannabis guru in your company?

A considerable percentage of the population smokes cannabis and we have people here that smoke cannabis. So, the answer is yes. But we also have outside people and resources that we’re really connected with and have built relationships with over the years who are great resources. We have resources on the consumer side but on the technical side, too, including labs that test cannabis. A lot of the companies that we work with carry out tests on our behalf and all of that data helps from the scientific side. But we also have it from passionate people, just like people in the cigar market who are passionate about cigars, just like we do in the music industry, where we have musicians who are passionate about instruments. It’s not one person necessarily—it’s always a team effort.

Why should people use Boveda as part of their complimentary cannabis experience?

One reason we love to be in packaging for cannabis companies is that it’s often the first entry point of exposure to the consumer that humidity control matters. If we just added humidity—and didn’t control humidity to the precision that we do—we would be bad for cannabis, with the risk of mold and microbial growth. What our technology does so wonderfully is raise the moisture and manage it inside the container to the perfect moisture level to put the flower in so the trichomes stay healthy. If the trichomes are healthy, the THC doesn’t degrade and the terpenes don’t evaporate, giving a better consumer experience.

Theres a growing movement for companies to have a better work environment. Boveda is often nominated as one of the best places to work. As the CEO, how is that reflective of the company culture?

That’s an excellent question. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cannabis company; companies are the same. We’re all here to work towards a vision that we have. As CEO, you need to have a clear direction of where the company is heading, so people’s work has a purpose—people don’t like to be in a workplace where they don’t know if their work has meaning. Also, you must live and abide by your values and how you behave as an individual and a company. These are foundational things, but you have to live them and communicate them regularly.

The other thing is that company culture reflects the people. We take a lot of time hiring the right people—it’s our most critical decision. It doesn’t matter how good your vision is or how good your product technology is. It’s not about foosball in your office. It’s none of those things. The game is business; that is the game, that’s the sport. And it’s fun. When you have fun with that as the objective, your wins aren’t on the foosball table in the break room; it’s sales and the customer’s experience. 

What are Bovedas goals for 2023?

Up to this point, we’ve spent a lot of our time focusing on the backend storage and packaging for businesses. One of the shifts we’re making is focusing on the consumer and their experience with Boveda. Our goal for 2023 is to cater to the needs and the experience of the cannabis consumer and the benefits they get from Boveda: confidence, trust and passion for the product.

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Hall of Fame: The Mount Rushmore of Cannabis Legends

Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong may be some of the more obvious honorees for Cannabis Now’s Legacy: Hall Of Fame, but they’re hardly alone. Cannabis giants Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Ed Rosenthal, Dale Sky Jones and Steve DeAngelo also make the cut of the Cannabis Now “Hall of Fame” for 2023.

Tommy Chong

The grandfather of weed and one-half of the most iconic stoner comedy duo in history needs no introduction. READ MORE.

Hall of Fame: Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo

The cannabis advocate and author was dubbed “the father of the legal industry” by the former Speaker of the California Assembly. READ MORE.

Snoop Dogg

The Long Beach native and hip-hop superstar’s love of cannabis is legendary. READ MORE.

Melissa Etheridge

The breast cancer survivor and Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter attributes cannabis to opening her conscientiousness when writing music. READ MORE.

Hall of Fame: Dale Sky Jones

Dale Sky Jones

The President and CEO of Oaksterdam University provided the model for cannabis reform as the spokesperson for the first statewide legalization initiative, California’s Prop 19. READ MORE.

Ann Lee

Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) founder Ann Lee is an unexpected ally in the fight again prohibition. READ MORE

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

The father of cannabis research paved the road for scientists to better understand the herb’s immense resource for medical purposes. READ MORE.

Willie Nelson

The country music outlaw has been an outspoken cannabis advocate for decades—and out-smoked a few notable names. READ MORE.

Ed Rosenthal

The author and activist is widely regarded as the world’s leading expert on cannabis cultivation. READ MORE.

Mike “BigMike” Straumeitis

The renowned and respected CEO of Advanced Nutrients is as passionate about philanthropy as he is about the cannabis plant. READ MORE.

Keith Stroup

The founder of NORML has spent much of his professional life working to legalize cannabis. READ MORE.

Nikki Lastreto and Swami

The Emerald Triangle power couple is a cornerstone of California’s craft cannabis community. READ MORE.

Ricky Williams

The retired NFL star has used his platform and extensive experience to change the conversation around cannabis for athletes and patients. READ MORE.

This story was originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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