The state announced the price tag Friday for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana. The application fee will be 6-thousand dollars. It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to 5-thousand dollars that municipalities can charge for an application.
The fee is meant to cover the costs of a background investigation and processing the application.
Andrew Brisbo is with the state Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. He says the background investigation is very in-depth – which is why it costs so much.
“Their financial position, their history of compliance with regulatory agencies, their criminal background, all of those facets are factored into the determination on issuing licenses.” Says Brisbo.
Once a person gets a license, they can expect another cost. The Annual Regulatory Assessment fee will be collected to cover the state department’s medical marijuana related expenses.