Montana City’s MMJ Industry Thriving

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Montana’s once-burgeoning medical marijuana sector unraveled quickly several years ago due to legal issues, but dispensaries are thriving in one city that has taken a hands-off approach to the industry.

At least 14 MMJ centers are currently operating in Butte, according to one report.

The state Legislature passed a law in 2011 essentially banning MMJ dispensaries, with lawmakers expressing concern over a huge spike in the number of patients and cannabis centers. Though that legislation has been tangled up in court for quite some time, most cannabis businesses were forced to close their doors.

In Butte (population 33,000), however, local law enforcement has looked the other way and allowed dispensaries to continue operating.

Some insiders say Butte business owners have been careful to operate responsible businesses and keep a low profile, unlike a prominent activist who once smoked marijuana on the lawn of the state Capitol building.

In other words, Butte dispensary owners haven’t given local law enforcement anything to worry about, so they’ve been left alone.

It’s unclear when Montana will get a resolution on the 2011 ban.

An injunction blocked some parts of that law from taking root, which gives the Butte dispensaries legal cover to continue operating. But that case is still sitting in court, with the pro-cannabis side trying to make the injunction permanent and the other side trying to enact the full ban.

2 comments on “Montana City’s MMJ Industry Thriving
  1. Mad Hempster on

    Have you ever been to Butte. Let’s just say they’re lucky that theycan still smoke weed. The state of montana has for over 15 years been devastated by the methamphetamine crisis.I bet some of those politicians have ties to the pharmaceuticals that create that methamphetamine nightmare. Anyway the place is a huge shithole.

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    • Montana Girl in Colorado on

      I am truly hoping that the Montana “God Ole Boy” club will pull there head out to look around and realize the economy (if nothing else) would be boosted immensely by opening up the state to the industry. My home state is suffering for jobs and the legislature is barely functioning at this point.
      Marijuana industry is much more then just the pot. It needs contractors, doctors, administrators and a myriad of other business owners and workers to make the industry work.
      Come on guys! Lets move into the 21st century and take advantage like the rest of the country. Make me proud to say I’m a Montana Girl!!!

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