And this year, it’s more exciting than usual. For the first time ever, summer visitors to Glacier National Park can enjoy Montana’s premium small-batch marijuana flower and stellar cannabis products (as long as you keep them out of the park).
Recreational Cannabis Sales started in Montana on January 1, 2022and the area near Glacier, which includes the centers of Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls, has a terrific selection of shops that cater to adults 21 and older.
Want to know which strains and products are flying off the shelves, which stores are closest to the airport and the park itself, and how much money you should expect to spend when visiting?
Leafly has you covered.
Remember: Because the national park is on federal land, it is still illegal to consume marijuana or marijuana products there. As Leafly reported, getting caught with weed in a national park can result in huge penalties.
All marijuana and recreational marijuana products are subject to a flat 20% sales tax in Montana. Medical patients pay a 4% tax.
Great Mountain Botanicals offers an extremely refined and professional shopping experience for first-time consumers and canners.
While BMB’s original store in Columbia Falls is a stone’s throw from Glacier Park International Airport, their new location in Whitefish, housed in a former gym-turned-church, and pictured here, is much larger.
The brand new potty emporium is easy to navigate and particularly comfortable. A handful of low couches out of the way provide a nice place to take a break (or play with BMB’s two adorable boutique dogs, Littlefoot and Honey). Customers can experience the shop’s primo bud in stand-alone displays before queuing to make a purchase.
BMB has some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable budtenders in Montana. Their new Whitefish store opened just a week before my visit in June, and it was already doing remarkably well.
The team curates a great mix of in-house strains and products, and great suppliers from all over the state. I’m a big fan of their indica-leaning O’Cheese and Gorilla Gouda (both are $36 an eighth, including 20% Montana tax). The various strains in the store cost between $30 and $42 for an eighth.
Looking for a super gentle, low dose way to unwind after a long hike? Big Mountain also sells 100mg CBD gummies in-house that never fail to soothe my mind and body.
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If Martha Stewart designed a pot store and dropped it in the back of an upscale general store, it would probably look something like Cannabis Counter in Haskill Creek.
Cannabis Counter features excellent flowers, a handful of uncommon products, and eco-friendly business practices. I love their tasty micro-dosed 2-milligram gummies, available in daytime and nighttime formulas ($28, before tax for a 20-pack).
Their disposable vapes ($45, before taxes) are super terpy. Return them to the store for recycling and get 5% off your next purchase.
The boutique showcases its high-end flower in beautiful deli-style ceramic pots. i’m a big fan of The soap ($40 per eighth, before tax), a sweet sativa known for its euphoria and aphrodisiac effects. Cannabis Counter sells glass jars that customers can bring when restocking; the smooth move earns you an additional 5% discount.
If you’re looking for a more old-fashioned dispensary experience, we recommend checking out the family-owned and operated 406 Farmacy in Whitefish. The shop gets a lot of love from locals, and after visiting, you can see why
406 has a cheerful and welcoming vibe. Its two sales counters, at opposite ends of the store, facilitate navigation in the reduced space.
I picked up some of the super chills from the shop Oreoza lovely cross cookies and cream and secret weapon (all flowers sell for $46 per eighth, taxes included). Expertly cured, the bud smelled fabulously flavorful and smoked extremely smoothly.
The shop has a wide selection of edibles: not just your standard gummies and caramels, but also cream pies, icing, hard candy, and cake pops.
Located in downtown Columbia Falls, Ember is one of the closest stores to Glacier National Park. Clean and professional, the store offers a mix of homemade products and products from other vendors.
Notably, the store offers substantial benefits to local veterans: not just a 10% discount every day, but a fund to help veterans acquire their medical marijuana cards.
I love their selection of Borealis Natural Gardens‘ flower, available for $30 to $35 per eighth, before taxes. The nearby grow operation leans on Korean natural agriculture Techniques: They let praying mantises nibble on pests, let their plants grow in rich, living soil that includes composted vegetation and insects, and avoid pesticides. Their exceptional strains, like Mint Guava Gelato etcold Snapleave as much of an impression as the methods used to grow them
For edibles, Ember has an in-house chocolate brand Firewatch: A pack of five squares, each containing 10 milligrams of THC, sells for $15 before tax. The shop also sells boxes of the ubiquitous low-dose gummies of High Road Ediblesfor $21 before taxes.
Located a few miles from Kalispell, Montana Canna has become a paradise for genetic enthusiasts. Housed in a small store on a pretty winding road, Montana Canna leans into classics like LA Kush Cake and a high test Blue Dream. But these are their forays into more obscure varieties…purple fogMellowz, RBC—what sets them apart in the local market.
The boutique sells all of its delicatessen-style flowers, $40/eighth, taxes included.
Other shops to discover:
Around the corner from Ember in Columbia Falls (with additional locations in Kalispell and Libby), this sprawling shop offers impressive buds from a handful of growers across Montana in a clean, cheerful space.
The new Kalispell Boutique, the first outpost of Missoula’s beloved and veteran institution, Garden Mother is renowned for its excellent flowers and regular offerings.
Well-stocked, with a wide selection of concentrates, Lifted Meds’ well-equipped store in Kalispell offers efficient service at solid prices: prepackaged eighths sell for $25, before tax.
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