City council considers allowing marijuana shops in Red Lodge – Q2 News

The Red Lodge City Council is looking into some zoning that would allow for marijuana shops in downtown Red Lodge.

It is allowed outside the city limits in carbon County, but not inside Red Lodge and some had some concerns about it being here in the historic or walkable district.

“The draw to this town is tourism,” said Steve Mikels, business owner. “We’re not saying you can’t have them in town, we’re saying they don’t need to be in the historic district.”

Like many Montana towns Red Lodge is trying to figure out what to do with marijuana dispensaries, whether to allow them or keep them out.

“It may be legal, but it does not fit into a tourism western town experience,” Mikels said.

A ballot measure in 2020 legalized marijuana and a Montana legislature Bill gave much of the power over implementation to city and county governments meaning you’ll find dispensaries in carbon County, but not in the red lodge city limits.

“You can allow it,” said Lee Stevens, a Red Lodge resident. “It’s legal now but I don’t recall anywhere in the wording of the law that obligates a municipality to make it to have a carve out where it’s easier or

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