City, county consider changes to Missoula cannabis businesses; 3% tax on ballot

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Will Gross, a budtender at Montana Kush cannabis dispensary, makes pre-rolled joints at the shop in July. 

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian David Erickson

As the Jan. 1 date nears for when medical dispensaries in Missoula County can begin legally selling recreational marijuana to all adults age 21 and over, city and county officials are considering some regulations on the industry.

There are 70 marijuana-related businesses in city limits and another handful in the surrounding county.

Ballots for the Nov. 2 municipal general election are in the mail. Voters will decide whether to implement a 3% local-option marijuana excise tax on the retail value of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana sold in the county.

Voters have the choice of taxing medical marijuana, recreational marijuana or both. The tax would also apply to all associated products containing marijuana.

Meanwhile, the city is planning to take public comment on a proposal to amend city zoning code related to recreational cannabis businesses.

City planners have recommended a 500-foot buffer between dispensaries and a ban on non-transparent

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