The Corrector just received a report on what went on at the Havre City Zoning and Planning committee hearing last night regarding medical marijuana. The committee consists of Chairwoman Janet Tretheway, Andrew Brekke, Pam Hillary, and Woody Woodwick. There were about 65 people in attendance and people spoke both for and against marijuana use, however this city committee is only empowered to deal with zoning issues relating to these new marijuana businesses. Initiative 148, which made the use of medical marijuana legal passed with 62% of Montana voters favoring the legalization. The committee heard testimony both pro and con in a meeting lasting about two hours and finally a motion was made to place a 90 day moratorium on the granting of any new variances for any new businesses in Havre until the Zoning committee had a chance to receive public input and start the process to bring the City’s archaic zoning regulations up to date. Currently medical marijuana growing and dispensing businesses do not fall under any of Havre’s zoning regulations.
It has become obvious over the last few weeks that the administrative rules implemented to correspond to Initiative I-148 have many aspects of the marijuana business left to vague interpretations and this next year’s legislature will have to implement some additional laws, rules, and regulations to oversee this business.
With that in mind the Corrector would like to point out the elected officials and candidates that have shown concern with working within our political system to get a handle on the deficiencies in our current State Medical Marijuana law and that attended the Tuesday night meeting. House District 33 Representative Wendy Warburton, Senate District 17 candidate Rowlie Hutton, and no candidates for House District 34. Even though the law enforcement community was represented by numerous officers there were no Hill County attorney candidates in attendance, no Hill County Justice of the Peace candidates, and no Hill County Commissioner candidates other than Mike Anderson. It was painfully obvious that there are but a few candidates that think this issue deserves any further consideration.
Do the absent candidates for this year’s elected offices not want us to know their feelings in regards to the regulation of medical marijuana?
Though the Corrector has came out against Democrat Commissioner and Candidate Mike Anderson this election, we humbly tip our hat to him for not only attending, but voicing his concerns involving the lack of regulation and oversight on the new medical marijuana businesses and sharing his thoughts as to what needs to be done.
The next meeting is to be held in council chambers on March 30th at 5:15 pm