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Montana medical marijuana dispensaries firebombed

Billings, MT -

(NBC) - Police in Billings, MT, are investigating two cases of arson 24 hours apart involving two medical marijuana businesses.

"It was a little scary hearing about it this morning," said Brandy Hodges, a partner at Montana Therapeutics.

Police said at about 4:30 a.m. Monday, someone tried to burn down the business.

"It makes you wonder if something like this could happen while we're here at the shop working," said Hodges.

Police said a rock was used to break the glass and then a glass bottle filled with gasoline, or some sort of flammable fluid, was thrown inside to start a fire. It burned a few holes into the carpet and caused about $2,000 worth of damage.

The same thing happened early Sunday morning at another medical marijuana business nearby.

As of Monday afternoon, police said they had no suspect.

"It certainly could be someone who is against medical marijuana businesses or, a bunch of different theories, it could be somebody in competition with the medical marijuana businesses," speculated Sergeant Kevin Iffland. "We just don't know at this point."

There are 39 licensed medical marijuana businesses in Billings and 50 others are awaiting approval.

Hodges said the incident has made her realize that not everyone may be okay with what she does.

"This has opened my eyes more," she said. "There's always the fear in the back of your mind that something could happen."

However, she said it will not stop them from providing the drug to their roughly 50 patients.

"We're going to strengthen our security and make sure we're doing everything in our power to stay safe, but this won't stop us," she said.

Sergeant Iffland said they may have surveillance video of one of the arsons.

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