Cannabis retail sales stores will need to pay nearly $11,250 in city business registration and application fees in order to set up shop in Encinitas under a new fee system approved by the City Council Wednesday night.
Establishing the fee schedule is one of the first steps the council must take as it enacts provisions of Measure H, a citizens’ initiative passed by the city’s voters in November. Measure H allows up to four cannabis retail sales stores to open in the city. It also permits commercial cannabis cultivation in greenhouses on agriculturally zoned land and it allows cannabis kitchens, distribution facilities and product manufacturers to go in some parts of town.
The measure was narrowly approved by the city’s voters and enacting its provisions, particularly the retail sales shop portion, have been controversial. A half-dozen people, primarily public health advocates who work with area youth, urged the council to delay a vote on the proposed fee schedule Wednesday night, saying more information was needed on what the fees would cover.
“I think it would be a gift to all of us if we could do that,” said Judi Strang, executive director of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug-Free Youth, as she asked the council to postpone its vote.
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