BILLINGS — The question of whether to allow seven types of marijuana businesses into the Billings city limits could be up to the voters again in an election on Nov. 2, after the City Council directed staff on Tuesday to research ballot language and dates to bring back at a future meeting.
Billings Assistant City Attorney Karen Tracy outlined the rights the city has within its borders to implement legalized marijuana under HB 701, which was signed by Gov. Greg Gianforte in May.
“There lies within the council’s discretion a lot of latitude on what type of businesses you want to permit, how you want to permit them, how many of those licenses you might want to authorize, where you want to zone those. There is a lot of discretion and the legislature has left that door open. Of course the more restrictive the ordinances, the more litigation the city may face,” Tracy said.
MTN News / Mitch Lagge Billings Assistant City Attorney Karen Tracy presents the options the City Council has for the details of legal marijuana implementation in the city limits.
Tracy noted that voters in Yellowstone County passed the original question to legalize adult use marijuana