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Medical marijuana fees may price everyone out

September 23, 2010

Medical Marijuana
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At some point next year, medical marijuana will finally be available to qualifying patients in the District. The problem? It might be too expensive for anyone to grow it or sell it, much less for anyone to actually afford to buy it.

A comprehensive set of rules and regulations published by Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration on August 6 outline a tightly restricted system where growing, selling and buying marijuana for medicinal use is subject to a number of bureaucratic loopholes. Amongst those are rules, regulations and fees for anyone looking to operate one of the city’s five dispensaries (where patients will get the marijuana) and 10 cultivation centers (where the marijuana will be grown).

Just filing an application to run a dispensary or cultivation will set any prospective entrepreneurs back $5,000, while the annual licensing fee for a cultivation will cost a cool $5,000 and a dispensary a stiff $10,000. And that’s not even including registration costs for managers, employees, officers, and so on. Needless to say, start-up and operating costs won’t be low.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post here at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | September 22, 2010; 10:16 AM ET

See posting: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-opinions/2010/09/medical_marijuana_fees_may_pri.html

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