BILLINGS — At its Monday assembly, the Billings Metropolis Council purchased 90-days of time to delay the licensure and zoning functions of marijuana companies till legal guidelines governing the companies could be placed on the books.
“You might have loads of work to do but on these rules. It might primarily undermine the work that you’re at the moment doing to determine these rules for marijuana companies should you have been to challenge enterprise licenses previous to enacting the zoning ordinance,” Metropolis Legal professional Gina Dahl instructed the Council in her presentation forward of the vote.
The council handed two ordinances, one concerning zoning and one concerning enterprise licenses. Click here to view hyperlinks to the ordinances through the Council agenda.
The delay permits metropolis workers extra time to analysis potential impacts to the neighborhood from permitting six various kinds of marijuana companies into the town. Some enterprise varieties embody: cultivation, producer, testing lab and transportation.
New legal guidelines produced by additional analysis and Council dialogue are anticipated handle the place and the way most of the marijuana enterprise varieties may arrange store, together with whether or not any product testing shall be required on the metropolis degree.
State legislation calls out a complete of seven forms of marijuana companies. Billings voters will determine in a Nov. 2 election whether or not to ban leisure marijuana dispensaries from opening their doorways within the metropolis.
The town has recognized 27 medical marijuana dispensaries which can be technically in Yellowstone County, however near metropolis borders. Beginning the primary of subsequent 12 months, offering they’re in good standing with state and native rules, the dispensaries will have the ability to promote leisure marijuana to adults over the age of 21.
Dahl talked about one medical marijuana dispensary licensed by the town and at the moment working within the metropolis limits. The ordinances delaying licensure don’t have an effect on that enterprise, Dahl mentioned.
“There’s a court-issued short-term restraining order that prohibits the town from revoking or limiting the present license of this one dispensary. The proposed ordinance targets solely new candidates,” Dahl mentioned.
Metropolis Administrator Chris Kukulski mentioned the council is on a good deadline to get legal guidelines governing marijuana companies on the books earlier than the primary of the brand new 12 months.
“We’re inside 30 days of needing to current a draft to the general public. There could also be one or two committee conferences that come collectively between then. Relying upon the progress that we make this week and subsequent, however I’d say many of the dialogue goes to happen at this desk on this room with all of you in public conferences,” Kukulski mentioned.