County Adopts Fees For Medical Marijuana Permits

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Voting 3-0 Gila County Board of Supervisors adopted fees for permits to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

At the June 7 meeting, the supervisors approved annual fees for conditional use permits to produce marijuana, charging $1,000 for a qualified patient and $5,000 for a designated caregiver or medical marijuana dispensary.

The board had received three e-mails from the public protesting the “completely over the top ridiculous” fees. Another requested, “Please reconsider the current fees. If you still feel the need to charge a fee, then make it reasonable like $1,000 for dispensaries, $100 for caregivers and $50 for patients.”

Yet, when the supervisors asked for public comments during the meeting, no one spoke up.

For now the fees could be considered irrelevant. Medical marijuana in Arizona is in limbo until a federal judge rules on a case filed on May 27 by Attorney General Tom Horne on behalf of Gov. Jan Brewer. Arizona officials are seeking to clarify whether the state law provides protection from federal prosecution or whether federal law pre-empts the Arizona measure.

Gov. Brewer is concerned state employees might face prosecution for administering the medical marijuana program.

For more information on the status of this case or Arizona medical marijuana policies see: www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana.

When asked about how this court case will affect the Gila County program, community development director Bob Gould replied, “Right now all medical marijuana applications are on hold until the state gets some sort of decision on this issue from the courts.”

The remainder of the meeting included a hearing on a request from the University of Arizona Gila County Extension Office to continue the $60,000 funding for the 4-H and other programs during fiscal year 2011-2012; this is the same amount requested and provided for in the past several years.

Supervisors adopted a resolution to amend Gila County Redistricting Advisory Committee Guidelines to allow the committee to create study groups.

A move the RAC hopes will expedite the cumbersome process to redraw the boundaries for the supervisors and community college districts; and approved the sale of unnecessary/unused public roadways in East Verde Estates and Christopher Creek.

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