Dispensaries: Millions in tax revenue could be lost if legislators delay Montana's recreational marijuana program – KTVQ Billings News

BILLINGS — The owners of Montana Advanced Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary in Billings, say their business and the state will lose millions of dollars if the voter-approved recreational marijuana program were delayed until January 2023.

“It would cost our business hundreds of thousands if not millions in losses of sales. Right now, Montana created a market. They’re having (cannabis) dinners down at the Billings Depot. The University of Montana projected $200 million worth of sales in the first year. If we’re not the ones supplying the market, somebody else will,” said Jason Smith, co-owner of Montana Advanced Caregivers.

Smith and his co-owner Rich Abromeit have been growing and selling medical marijuana to patients in Billings since 2008 at Montana Advanced Caregivers. The pair operate three shops and are building a fourth now with expectations of stepping into the recreational market.

“We’ve made product, and we’re ramped up for it. We’ve built more facilities. We’re creating more product as we speak,” Smith said.

Last week, Republican state Rep. Bill Mercer of Billings introduced a bill that would delay the date the state starts accepting recreational shop license applications one year to October 2022.

Merser told MTN News the

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