Billings voters put a cease to leisure marijuana gross sales inside metropolis limits in November, and likewise made it a lot tougher for medical marijuana suppliers to arrange store on the town.
Because the deadline is for brand new licenses is six week away, there has not been a single utility.
These within the trade say the excessive prices of the enterprise license is a part of the explanation nobody has utilized.
There’s some settlement from the companies and town that one more reason is the problem of assembly the necessities.
Montana Superior Caregivers (MAC) has been within the medical marijuana enterprise since 2009.
It has one location in Billings, and three others exterior town limits in Yellowstone County.
“Our areas that sit within the county haven’t any licensing requirement from the county,” mentioned Wealthy Abromeit, MAC co-owner and C.E.O.
Abromeit mentioned he might want to apply for three city business licenses: medical marijuana dispensary, marijuana cultivator and marijuana producer, every costing practically $4,000 for a complete of practically $12,000.
“The price construction was decided primarily based upon an estimated variety of companies that we thought could apply to find inside metropolis limits,” mentioned Andy Zoeller, metropolis of Billings finance director. “That is simply primarily based upon different cities throughout the nation the place marijuana is authorized.”
The finance division oversees the issuing of enterprise licenses.
Zoeller mentioned some price could be for code enforecment officers to condut hearth and constructing inspections, examine enhanced filtration methods, and ensure areas are safe.
“We have now but to have anyone apply at this time limit,” Zoeller mentioned. “However I believe as a result of there are there’s quite a lot of necessities to get in place earlier than they apply.”
“These functions, there’s so much entailed in into them,” Abromeit mentioned. “So we’re simply ensuring that we have now the appropriate standards and the proper info.”
As much as eight will probably be given a medical marijuana dispensary license.
Abromeit expects his firm to be the one one making use of, whereas Zoeller anticipates seeing some functions by the March 31 deadline.