BILLINGS — At its Monday meeting, the Billings City Council bought 90-days of time to delay the licensure and zoning applications of marijuana businesses until laws governing the businesses can be put on the books.
“You have a lot of work to do yet on these regulations. It would essentially undermine the work that you are currently doing to establish those regulations for marijuana businesses if you were to issue business licenses prior to enacting the zoning ordinance,” City Attorney Gina Dahl told the Council in her presentation ahead of the vote.
The council passed two ordinances, one regarding zoning and one regarding business licenses. Click here to view links to the ordinances via the Council agenda.
The delay allows city staff more time to research potential impacts to the community from allowing six different types of marijuana businesses into the city. Some business types include: cultivation, manufacturer, testing lab and transportation.
New laws produced by further research and Council discussion are expected address where and how many of the marijuana business types could set up shop, along with whether any product testing will be required at the city level.
State law calls out a total of seven types of marijuana businesses. Billings voters