Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Grow Operations

Thank you for your interest in medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations in the City of Helena.  The City is currently under a moratorium to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations to be open in the City until June 30, 2019.  Business licenses can be issued by the City at the City/County Building, with the understanding that the license will only be good through June 30, 2019 of this year. 

During the time of the moratorium, the City Commission has tasked the Zoning Commission with determining what is the current public sentiment regarding where medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations should be located in the City.  The Zoning Commission held a public open house on January 16, 2019 at the Civic Center to invite the public to comment on where medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations should be located with or without restrictions. 

The next step is for the Zoning Commission to hold a work session on February 12, 2019.  This will be another informal work session with the Zoning Commissioners.  During this work session the Zoning Commissioners will discuss the findings from the January 16, 2019 meeting. 

The application for a general business licenses can be found at the following link.

Additional information about the State regulations can be found at the Montana DPHHS webpage at the following link.

If you would like additional information regarding the City of Helena regulations, or to comment on the process or the regulations please contact citycommunitydevelopment(at) or at 406-447-8490. 

The city of Helena is committed to providing access to persons with disabilities for its meetings, in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Montana Human Rights Act. The City will not exclude persons with disabilities from participation at its meetings or otherwise deny them the City’s services, programs, or activities. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in the city’s meetings, services, programs, or activities should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Ellie Ray, as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for the requested accommodation, at any of the following: (406) 447-8490, TTY Relay Service 1-800-253-4091 or 711, citycommunitydevelopment(at), 316 North Park, Avenue, Room 445, Helena, MT 59623.