A $10,000 license fee for medical marijuana dispensaries in town and a $5,000 license fee for cultivation, testing or manufacturing facilities will go into effect in 2022.
The Aberdeen City Council gave final approval to those and other fees for 2022 at Monday’s meeting, adopting an amendment that reduced the proposed fee for dispensaries from $15,000 to $10,000.
The lower fee was proposed by Councilman Clint Rux, who noted the $5,000 fee approved by Brown County as one reason for a reduction. In comparison to the county’s fee, a $15,000 dispensary license seemed exorbitant, he said.
While the fees are refundable if the licensing process is unsuccessful, a $500 application fee, which is also required, is not.
The annual renewal fee for all four licenses is $5,000.
The council unanimously approved the city ordinance setting the fee schedule 7-0. While attending via Zoom, Councilman Dave Lunzman did not vote, and Councilman Rob Ronayne was absent. The new fees go into effect following a 20-day waiting period after the fee schedule is published.
The schedule includes a variety of fee changes, including adjustments to ambulance training fees, the addition of a $100 lift assist fee