Medical Marijuana Business Applications Skyrocket

As the Billings City Council debates rules for the sale of medical marijuana, the city is receiving applications for new businesses on a daily basis.

City officials said they’ve received more than 70 applications for medical marijuana businesses, and that number has been skyrocketing, with 2 or 3 new applications arriving daily.

The council’s ad-hoc committee on medical marijuana will meet Thursday to discuss ways to govern the growing industry. “You’ll see if not a moratorium, you’re certainly going to see the council step up and protect the school zones,” said Councilman Denis Pitman, “that’ll be the first priority.”

Council members said there’s little that can done to deny prospective businesses from receiving a license. That’s because medical marijuana stores are currently zoned just like any other commercial business.

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