Meade County sets hefty medical marijuana dispensary fee – Black Hills Pioneer

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STURGIS — It will cost you $125,000 for a medical marijuana dispensary license in Meade County.

The Meade County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its medical cannabis ordinance and increase the license fee from $50,000 to $125,000.

According to the amended ordinance, the county would issue just one dispensary license, and no licenses for a cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility or a cannabis product manufacturing facility.

There would be a $150 application fee. In the original ordinance, the cost of a license was set at $50,000 for a dispensary, and $25,000 for cultivation facility, testing facility or product manufacturing facility.

“The only issue I have is that we’re a little low on the dispensary,” Commissioner Talbot Wieczorek said.

Meade County Deputy State’s Attorney Ken Chleborad said Lincoln County recently passed a medical marijuana ordinance and set the license fee for a dispensary at $175,000 payable over two years.

When asked by Meade County Commission Chairman Ted Seaman what figure he would like to see Meade County charge for the license Weiczorek said: “I think that Lincoln County one

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