BILLINGS — Billings city staff expect to have the application for medical marijuana dispensary business licenses ready to roll out around mid January, said Billings City Administrator Chris Kukulski on Wednesday.

The reason for the delay is that the local marijuana regulations the City Council passed in November didn’t go into action until recently, Kukulski said.

“Some have thought, well why aren’t we totally ready to go on Jan. 1st. The Legislature passed their laws in early 2021, well those were helpful. That set the table for understanding what we could do at the local level. Then we were working pretty diligently through the summer and fall so the Council could adopt what the regulations are going to be in Billings,” Kukulski said.

MTN News / Mitch Lagge Billings City Administrator Chris Kukulski.

“Those rules literally went into effect Dec. 20. Just days ago were they ready to go, fully implementable for the January 2022 change,” Kukulski added.

Medical marijuana dispensaries located in Yellowstone County will be able to sell recreational marijuana to adults over 21 starting Jan. 1, providing they are in good standing with the state and local government.

Billings voters said no in Nov. to recreational dispensaries setting

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