BILLINGS — Billings voters are headed to a prohibition of recreational marijuana dispensaries in the city with 55 percent saying no in unofficial results Tuesday night.
According to Yellowstone County election results, 17,107 voted no and 13,817 voted yes.
Voters were even more clear on the question of taxing marijuana at 3 percent in Yellowstone County. A measure to tax recreational marijuana passed easily at 82 percent, while the tax on medical marijuana passed with 60 percent.
With recreational dispensaries barred from the city, that still leaves opportunity for already established medical dispensaries to move into the city, said Tina Walker-Smith, who owns Canna of Eden, a CBD retailer and cannabis education service in Billings.
“Here in the city, medical providers will be able to sell recreational, no matter what. And if the recreational dispensaries-only doesn’t pass, medical providers will still be able to sell both and move into the city if they want to. I just don’t think many will want to with these really restrictive rules,” said Smith.
MTN News / Mitch Lagge Tina Walker-Smith, owner of Canna of Eden, a CBD retailer and cannabis education service in Billings.
Smith educates local marijuana business people about local laws and