Billings will take into account putting a cap on the variety of leisure marijuana enterprise licenses it points and can look into organising some sort of lottery system to concern them.
Metropolis employees are getting ready draft rules, zoning and proposed ordinances for Metropolis Council to approve as Billings prepares for the statewide legalization of adult-use marijuana on Jan. 1.
State legislation breaks down the leisure marijuana trade into seven classes, from storefront gross sales to cultivation to distribution. All shall be authorized in Billings firstly of the yr except for the storefronts.
In November, residents will vote on whether or not to permit retail marijuana dispensaries to open and function inside metropolis limits. Ought to voters approve, metropolis officers need to be prepared with clearly outlined rules in place.
Monday evening, Metropolis Council centered its dialogue totally on regulating the variety of pot companies and taking a look at how finest to concern licenses. Council members favored the thought of a lottery system as it might remove the looks of favoritism.
With a purpose to be positioned within the lottery, a enterprise can be required to undergo the town’s licensing course of to make sure it qualifies beneath state and native legislation to promote leisure marijuana.
A provision in state legislation permits medical marijuana outlets to start promoting leisure pot beginning on Jan. 1 if these outlets are “in good standing” with the town.