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Cannabis fees on Council agenda

Mike Conway

Post Date:12/15/2017

Cannabis fees, Town Hall dates go before Council Monday  

Setting fees for cannabis business permits and setting town hall dates are among the items on the City Council agenda for Monday night.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St.

The City's cannabis business ordinance goes into effect Jan. 3 and Council is being asked to set fees for cannabis business permits and regulatory fees for commercial cannabis businesses.

Application fees would be set at $964 for the initial application, then $8,577 for dispensary applications and $6,250 for other cannabis business applications. The annual regulatory fees would range from $6,259 for testing labs to $18,193 for cultivation businesses that are up to 10,000 square-feet. Fees are based on staff time and costs.

Every year the Council hits the road and holds Town Hall meetings in South, Central and North Merced to hear from residents about issues and concerns that face them. The comments and ideas that come out of the meetings are used to help craft the annual budget.

Council will be asked to select dates for the upcoming Town Hall meetings and the dates will be publicized for residents.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to confer with labor negotiators.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at Videos of previous meetings can be found at that link, and are tied to each agenda item. Those services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast's Government Channel 96.

The Council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council.

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