May 11, 2010 11:10 AM by Q2 News Staff
BILLINGS, MT - Two medical marijuana businesses in Billings have been hit with firebombs and vandalized with "NOT IN OUR TOWN" spray-painted on their storefronts.
Billings Police Sgt. Kevin Iffland says the first incident happened to Big Sky Patient Care located at 111 S. 24th St. early Sunday morning and the second happened early Monday morning at Montana Therapeutics, which is located at 2109 Grand Avenue.
Monday, the Billings fire department responded to a structure fire call around 4:30 a.m. at Montana Therapeutics. The fire was quickly put out and evidence at the scene shows it was intentionally set. Police determined that glass on the front door was broken by a rock and an accelerant was thrown inside the business to start the fire. Damages are estimated at around $2,000. Damages at the Big Sky Patient Care facility have not been released.
The fire scene has been turned over to the Billings Police Department for an investigation.
The Billings City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on whether to place a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses. The city has issued more than 80 business licenses for the stores.