Over 35 concerned community members attended the Feb. 6 work session called by the Cut Bank City Council to hear input from local citizens on whether or not the council should lift the ban on medial marijuana dispensaries and allow Rene’ Lynch-Tyree, owner of Mommas Dispensary, to operate in the city limits. The work session, which was held at the Cut Bank Voting Center to accommodate the large crowd, lasted over 90 minutes. The council is expected to make a decision on this issue at their next meeting on Feb. 21. The meeting will be held at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Officials from Northern Rockies Medical Center asked to attend the council meeting held prior to the work session to give an informative presentation on the “state” of health of Glacier County residents and offer their “evidence-based concerns of chronic marijuana use.”
NRMC Chief Executive Officer Cherie Taylor was accompanied by NRMC’s Community Coordinator Toni Altenburg, Pharmacist Ryndee Hamilton and Becky Atkinson, RN. Altenburg pointed out Glacier County is currently ranked 46th out of the state’s 47 counties that participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program.” The county’s top issues as identified by a recent community health needs assessment included substance abuse, said Altenburg. “We are not a very healthy people right now,” she added.
Hamilton reminded those in attendance that marijuana is still a Schedule C-1 Drug as defined by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This classification also includes Heroin and LSD. Hamilton, who is a cancer survivor, said she opted not to use medical marijuana due to the scientific studies and clinical research available supporting other forms of medication to help her deal with the side effects of her treatment.
Atkinson shared “peer reviewed, evidence based”