Dispensaries secure initial approval for locales in Libby commercial districts – The Western News

Would-be cannabis shops in Libby proper garnered initial approval this week to operate downtown and within the city’s U.S. Highway 2 commercial district.

On Monday, the Libby Zoning Commission unanimously recommended that both dispensary varieties be allowed as conditional uses within the city’s downtown business and highway commercial districts.

The proposed zoning additions come as part of a broader set of regulations being developed by the Libby City Council, dubbed simply as its “Marijuana Ordinance.”

New recreational pot facilities still will be not allowed statewide until July, 2023.

Locally, the proposed zoning allowances for both commercial districts include restrictions on dispensary window signage and obstructions, essentially requiring that windows not be “covered or made opaque in any way,” according to the ordinance.

The proposed zoning also would require cannabis retailers to have a facade that “visually blends in with the design, style and appearance of adjacent storefronts.”

Among several stipulations, the city’s ordinance overall prohibits growing weed commercially within city limits, and proprietors could not make cannabis facilities a home business.

Dispensaries also would not be allowed within 500 feet of churches, schools and parks,

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