Marijuana cultivators in Utah could face fees over $100,000 – St. George Daily Spectrum


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Marijuana cultivators hoping to operate in Utah could pay more than $100,000 in fees to obtain a license if proposed rules for the program are approved in June.

According to the rules proposed in April, those hoping to operate a cultivation facility, where marijuana is grown, will be required to pay an application fee of $10,000 to become eligible for a license.

Should their application be approved, the cultivators would then be required to pay a licensing fee of $100,000.

Officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, which is in charge of regulating marijuana cultivation in the state, said the fees are subject to change.

According to Andrew Rigby, program manager for Utah’s medical cannabis industry, the department is exploring a range of application fees between $5,000 and $10,000 and a range of licensing fees between $75,000 and $150,000.

Riby said he hoped the final fees would be on the “lower end” of the ranges.

The fees would be among the highest a medical marijuana cultivator could face in southwestern states with some form of marijuana legalization.

In Nevada, where both medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, the application fee is $5,000 while the licensing fee for a medical marijuana cultivation facility is $3,000, according to the state’s Department of Taxation.

In Arizona, where only medicinal marijuana is allowed, an application fee is $5,000 with an approval to operate fee of $2,500, said Wayne Tolbert, a team leader with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

However, Rigby said comparisons with the fees of other states are unfair as some do not have hard caps on the number of facilities allowed to operate.

Nevada, for example,

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