None of Ravalli County’s three largest incorporated towns currently allow the sale of medical marijuana within town limits.
That will change in Hamilton on Jan. 1, when a new state law will allow adults to purchase recreational cannabis at licensed dispensaries.
The Hamilton City Council approved zoning changes last week that establishes two areas inside the city where licensed marijuana dispensaries will be allowed under certain conditions.
Both Darby and Stevensville currently are in a holding pattern and won’t allow the sale of recreational marijuana inside town limits for the time being.
Hamilton City Planner Matthew Rohrbach said the city’s zoning commission and council have been working for several months on local regulations and guidelines for different marijuana businesses, including dispensaries and marijuana manufacturers.
Commercial marijuana cultivation will not be allowed inside city limits.
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Hamilton currently does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in town, but under the updated ordinances marijuana can be sold by licensed businesses in commercially zoned areas along Highway 93 and the downtown business district.
Under state law, the marijuana dispensaries can not be located within 500 feet of and on the same street as a