Dispensary owners file lawsuit challenging city prohibition of marijuana sales – The Electric

A lawsuit has been filed in district court challenging the City of Great Falls’ prohibition on marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

Lawyers for Dale and Janelle Yatsko filed in district court on June 27.

Earlier this year, the Yatskos submitted a safety inspection certificate application with the city for a recreational marijuana dispensary within the city limits.

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City staff did not process the application, or accept a fee from the Yatskos, since city code currently prohibits the sale of medical and recreational marijuana as it remains a federally prohibited substance.

The Yatskos appealed the decision and during a special meeting in April, City Commissioners voted 4-1 to uphold the staff decision.

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Commissioners did direct staff to send the question of marijuana sales to the November ballot and staff are currently developing language for that measure, as well as a regulatory framework for marijuana operations in the city limits should voters opt to allow marijuana within the city limits.

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The city enacted the prohibition of

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