The City Council has approved a resolution establishing a fee for marijuana business applications at its Dec. 2 meeting.
According to Mayor Steve Zachmann, the decision set the fee at $500 for submitting a marijuana business related application in the City of Baker.
“The ordinance was originally established in 2006 or 2007,” the mayor explained. “There was not an application fee established at that time.”
“This isn’t directly related to the vote in November. The medical marijuana law has been in place for a number of years. But, we did have some interest in applying for a medical marijuana dispensary in town. That is why we established the fee.”
“The recreational marijuana thing is a whole different ball game, so to speak,” he explained. “That will be something that the state, the attorney general and legislature will be working through some guidelines on that and how it will affect municipalities.”
According to the mayor, the recreational marijuana did pass in Montana but had a provision in the referendum that municipalities and counties could ask their electorate to approve or disapprove of the sale of recreational marijuana in that area. “It can be left up to the citizens,” he said.
“It is my understanding that the governing bodies themselves can not deny on their own. It has to go through the electorate. The local governing bodies can pass a resolution to not allow it until the electorate has a chance to vote on it,” he said.
In addition, the recent passage of the marijuana referendum still leaves a lot of details which have to be worked out at each level, from the state down to the local levels.