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BOZEMAN - The Bozeman City Commission has ruled that new medical marijuana businesses will not be allowed to set up shop within 1,000 feet of a school, and the businesses currently operating within the new boundaries cannot accept any new patients.

Commissioners voted 3-1 Thursday to adopt the interim ordinance, which will be in effect for six months. In the meantime, city officials say they hope to draft permanent rules for where medical marijuana can be grown, sold and used.

The ordinance defines a "school" as any public or private K-12 school or vocational school. Commissioners chose not to include Montana State University in the definition.

Several cities across the state have placed a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses while leaders decide zoning issues.

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