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Whitefish will allow recreational marijuana shops downtown

Downtown Whitefish, MT.
Josh Burnham
Montana Public Radio
Downtown Whitefish, MT.

The Whitefish City Council has approved rules that will allow recreational marijuana shops to operate downtown.

After initial concern about having too many stores concentrated in one area, council members agreed that shops would be allowed to open downtown. The council is also allowing shops in the city’s secondary business district along Highway 93, which serves as the main thoroughfare into Whitefish.

The council is restricting recreational marijuana retailers from operating within 500 feet of churches and schools.

Sales will be legal to adults 21 and older starting January 1.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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