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Debate continues over marijuana sales in Great Falls

Melissa Gasper
Debate continues over marijuana sales in Great Falls
City Commission meeting - August 16, 2022
Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-17 11:03:41-04

City commissioners discussed proposed marijuana sales within Great Falls city limits during a meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

The meeting was to gauge public opinion on the issue after several lawsuits against the city of Great Falls have required an amendment to be made to the city marijuana ordinance.

If Great Falls voters approve the sale of recreational marijuana this November, or if courts place an injunction on the city, stating it can’t prohibit sales, the amendment creates an avenue for legal growth.

The amendment would permit the sale of recreational marijuana in commercially zoned districts.

Currently the amendment is up for debate, but can be officially passed at a public hearing on September 6th.

It’s important to recognize, however, that just because the amendment passes in a few weeks, doesn’t mean that dispensaries will start popping up around the city. It just means it will be added into the ballot.

In the November election, voters will make the decision on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana within the city limits of Great Falls.