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 looks good.”

Lincoln County Ordinance #2107-59 was passed on Aug. 6, and set the application fee at $50,000 which may be paid in two payments, with half of the fee of the time the application and the remainder in the end of the first year.

Chleborad said later he may have been looking at an earlier version of the ordinance that listed the $175,000 fee.

Commissioner Rich Liggett said he would like Meade County’s fee to at least cover the cost of a full-time employee for the county.

“I’m afraid that we are going to lose an employee to be able to take care

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