Category Archives: Cascade County

Dispensary owners file lawsuit challenging city prohibition of marijuana sales

A lawsuit has been filed in district court challenging the City of Great Falls’ prohibition on marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. Lawyers for Dale and Janelle Yatsko filed in district court on June 27. Earlier this year, the Yatskos submitted a safety inspection certificate application with the city for a recreational marijuana dispensary within the city limits. County sending

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Narcan available at CCHD for opioid overdoses

The national opioid crisis is being exacerbated by the use of fentanyl and there have been multiple doses in Montana in recent weeks, according to the Cascade County City-County Health Department. Fentanyl is several orders of magnitude stronger than heroin and is commonly mixed with methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or benzodiazepine. Users are often unaware that they are taking fentanyl and

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County, city still have no agreement over management of CCHD

After nearly a year of discussions, disagreement and apparent lack of communication, the Cascade County Commission voted unanimously during their June 21 meeting to reject an amendment by the city to their joint agreement for management of the City-County Health Department. They instead approved an amendment proposed by the deputy county attorney that is identical to the existing agreement but

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County sending local marijuana tax question to November ballot

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their June 21 meeting to put the question of a three percent local  tax on marijuana sales on the November ballot. The county can, if voters approve, implement a combined three percent local tax on all medical and non-medical marijuana sold in the county. On the same November ballot, the city is planning to ask

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County holds that commercial marijuana operation in mixed use district is illegal

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously during their June 16 meeting to deny an appeal from a marijuana business owner. Shawn Brass appealed to the board after county planning staff sent him a cease and desist for a nonconforming marijuana operation at 72 Open Buckle Road in Vaughn for Great Northern Naturals LLC. In December 2021, Brass

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County ZBOA approves Friesen facility permit

The county Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to approve special use permit application from Friesen Nutrition during its June 16 meeting for a blending facility in Madison Food Park, off U.S. Highway 89. The agenda materials are here. Friesen is proposing to build a blending facility to manufacture vitamin, trace mineral and other mixes to supplement on-farm feeds for

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Reeves leaving CCSO; Van Dyken named undersheriff

Undersheriff Cory Reeves is leaving the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. He’s retiring after 25 years in law enforcement and taking a job with Alluvion Health. In mid-July, he’ll start as the executive director of the Adlera Lab. On July 1, Capt. Scott Van Dyken will assume the role of undersheriff at CCSO. County board votes to increase pay for elected

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