HELENA — As Montana lawmakers shape the regulations that will guide the marijuana industry, Montana’s dispensary owners and growers weigh their futures.
The industry has previously seen boom and bust in the Treasure State.
Mike Clinch is the owner of Sleeping Giant Gardens just outside of Helena. He says there was a time when he wondered if marijuana would ever be legal in his lifetime.
“Little did I know, I would be graduating from college and opening a dispensary,” Clinch said.
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Clinch has been in the medical marijuana business for a decade, and the retail shop is just one part of this business. He’s also a grower.
“There is almost a stigmatization against us, that we are just potheads and it’s more than that as far as the business end, the growing end,” said Clinch.
Clinch grows medical marijuana that can then be sold to qualifying patients. However, Montana’s natural climate doesn’t make for great growing conditions. The plants need to be kept in just a suitable climate, held in a certain amount of lightning.
The difficult task of farming is only one portion; with the legalization of Marijuana only being in the