First legal marijuana dispensary planned for west side of Great Falls – The Electric

The city planning office is currently reviewing an application for the first marijuana dispensary in the city limits.

Top Shelf Botanicals, which operates dispensaries throughout the state, submitted an application for a minor renovation to a space in The Wheat Building at 750 6th St. S.W. opposite Howard’s Pizza.

The site is zoned heavy industrial, which meets the existing city requirements for marijuana dispensaries in the city limits.

New lawsuit filed against city over marijuana zoning rules

Earlier this year, City Commissioners adopted an ordinance that make:

dispensaries, testing laboratories would be allowed as a permitted use in either light or heavy industrial districts; cultivation would be a conditional use in light industrial districts and a permitted use in heavy industrial districts; manufacturing would be a permitted use only in the heavy industrial districts.

Those rules went into effect in October, after a district court judge ruled that the city could not prohibit marijuana operations outright, but the judge did state the city could regulate their operations by ordinance.

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Two other dispensary operators have attempted to open in the city limits, but chose property in zoning districts that do not

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