The Whitefish planning board recently voted 3-1 in favor of recommending a conditional use permit for Vincent Remmel to operate a marijuana dispensary at 333 Baker Avenue.
The green building was previously used as a physical therapy office and is directly across Baker Avenue from the Whitefish Credit Union.
This request required a full conditional use permit (CUP), rather than the administrative CUP that is typically required for dispensaries in Whitefish, due to a comment received from the Whitefish Credit Union who contend that the proposal will adversely or injuriously affect their personal or legal interest. According to the staff report, a condition could not be placed on the permit to remediate the concern, so the city attorney suggested making it a full conditional use permit.
Ian Stewart, the applicant’s representative with OBR Management LLC, explained that the store in Whitefish would be an expansion of the dispensary in Evergreen, where the cultivation and manufacturing facility is located. He cited university studies and read directly from the study mentioned in the letter of opposition from the Whitefish Credit Union.
“The studies examining the relationship between