Marijuana dispensaries could get the green light from the Kalispell City Council during a meeting Monday evening.
An ordinance before the council would make it legal to operate a marijuana dispensary with a conditional-use permit in all of the city’s business zones, as long as there is a 300-foot buffer from dispensaries to churches, schools, parks and city residential areas.
Cultivating and manufacturing marijuana would be allowed with an administrative conditional-use permit — which carries a requirement to notify neighbors about the proposed use — in the city’s industrial zones.
It will be the first reading of the ordinance, but because of a successful ballot initiative in 2020, state law requires the city to put its marijuana regulations into place by Jan. 1, 2022.
ANOTHER BIG decision up for approval Monday is a new interlocal agreement between the city and Flathead County to operate the Flathead City-County Health Department.
The agreement before the council represents the first update since the last Interlocal agreement was established in 2004. The joint City-County Health Board came together in 1976.
The updated agreement would give official