Carbon County enacts new marijuana restrictions; Roberts dispensary shut down – Q2 News

BILLINGS — Carbon County commissioners enacted new interim marijuana zoning regulations Thursday that will put a Roberts dispensary out of business, after the business had drawn ire from locals due to its proximity to the Roberts school.

Mountain Organics has been operating legally inside the old Y Stop gas station in Roberts since early January. Recreational marijuana sales became legal across Montana on Jan. 1. Many Roberts community members were upset with the business location – approximately 100 feet across Highway 212 from the school property line.

“You’re in the wrong spot. You’ve made a black eye of our town,” said Sanford Langager, one of many to speak up against the dispensary Thursday.

Dozens packed the commissioners’ office in what Chairman Bill Bullock called the busiest meeting in years. Roberts school Superintendent Alex Ator also spoke, saying he wanted Mountain Organics to be shut down. But Bullock reminded people that wasn’t really on the table because of a provision, known as a non-conforming act, listed in the agenda packet that protects already established businesses.

Photo courtesy Carbon County A clause in the March 3 Carbon County Commissioners agenda says existing businesses are not subject to new ordinances.

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