County sets new fees for pot businesses
March 2, 2018
Grand County commissioners approved a new fee schedule for marijuana businesses in the county earlier this week, noting a lack of public comment on a usually controversial issue.
The new fee schedule for pot shops comes on the heels of a decision made by the Board of County Commissioners in mid-January to end the moratorium on new marijuana businesses the county imposed in December 2016. The moratorium on the acceptance of new marijuana business applications and the issuance of new licenses officially extended through the last day of February.
Tuesday's public hearing on the issue was a surprisingly staid affair for a topic that has drawn significant public interest as well as advocacy from local marijuana retailers. The public hearing featured no comment from the public and the new fee schedule was approved after a brief discussion period.
Under the new fee schedule, new marijuana license applications will be charged a fee of $3,000. Renewal applications will also be charged a fee of $3,000. Other fees related to marijuana businesses, both retail and medical, vary from a low of $1,000, for a modification of premises license, to as much as $5,000, imposed on host of applications from marijuana infused product manufacturing to marijuana testing facilities.
Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene said some citizens had raised concerns about Grand County's fee schedule for marijuana applications, highlighting that marijuana applications are significantly more expensive than liquor licensing fees, but Rosene defended the costs imposed on applicants based on the amount of work county employees are required to do with marijuana applications.
"The work is not the same as liquor licenses," Rosene said. "It is clearly more. The big cost is time. It takes a lot of time."
Rosene added she believes Grand County's marijuana fees are reasonable when compared to marijuana fees set by other local governments throughout the state.