Oct. 4—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 status and voting representation to the cities of Whitefish and Columbia Falls. The cities would each elect their own representatives to the Health