After voters said “No” to recreational adult-use dispensaries last week, Billings City Council talked about marijuana again Monday night at their regular meeting.
Nothing is set in stone yet, because there will be another reading of the ordinances before final decisions are made.
Some of the public comments favored restrictions on the marijuana business.
“We know that with the vote of the public, we know that recreational, we don’t have to think about,” a Billings local said.
“In 2010 or ’11, there was a recreational marijuana shop that opened up on Grand, next to another one that’s still open, and it’s in the city of Billings, and it should have never been there,” another Billings local said.
Council members discussed allowing a total of 8 medical marijuana dispensaries inside the city, instead of 4. They also agreed on 1000 foot setbacks from churches, schools, parks, and behavioral health centers. They’ll be in the industrial and heavy commercial zones of the city.
City Attorney Karen Tracy said medical dispensaries in city limits will not sell both medical, and recreational marijuana to medical card holders. It will be medical only.
“You have to be in a green county to be a medical marijuana dispensary that can sell adult use,” Tracy