Montana medical marijuana dispensary beats city ban – for now

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One of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Billings, Montana, has won at least a temporary stay of execution.

Montana Advanced Caregivers has won a preliminary injunction against a new city ordinance prohibiting dispensaries within city boundaries, meaning the dispensary will be allowed to continue operating until the district court can hold a hearing on the matter.

A district judge agreed with the dispensary and an MMJ patient who signed onto the suit against the city and hit pause on the new ban, according to Billings TV station KTVQ.

Rich Abromeit, the dispensary’s CEO, said he hasn’t received notification on when the next hearing may be or how long he may be able to continue operating.

The ordinance is essentially a renewal of a 5-year-old city law that already banned MMJ storefronts.

However, the Montana Advanced Caregivers dispensary – which has been operating within Billings for almost a decade and at its current location for about five years – plans to continue doing so as long as possible, its owners told KTVQ earlier this month.