Council approves controversial marijuana dispensary on Baker Avenue –

Last week, Whitefish City Council discussed and eventually voted to approve a conditional use permit for a marijuana dispensary to operate at 333 Baker Avenue.

The green building was previously used as a physical therapy office and is directly across the street from the Whitefish Credit Union on Baker Avenue.

Typically dispensaries in Whitefish require an administrative conditional use permit, which is one that is approved by staff without a public hearing, but this particular request raised some controversy. Due to a comment by the Whitefish Credit Union, who contend that the proposal will adversely or injuriously affect their personal or legal interest, this request required a full conditional use permit (CUP).

When addressed by the Whitefish Planning Board on July 21, the matter resulted in a 3-to-1 vote in favor of recommending approval of the CUP to the Whitefish City Council.

“This proposed dispensary… does meet all the city standards for dispensaries including the distancing requirement under state law and that’s something our code defers to how the state regulates that,” Whitefish City Planner Dave Taylor said.

The state of Montana has a

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