Wilton considers proposed tariffs for commercial marijuana licenses

Wilton considers proposed tariffs for commercial marijuana licenses

There are different fees for the four tiers of cultivation facility types, categorized by the scale of the facility.

One set was formulated by Code Enforcement Officer Charlie Lavin. The other was an average of fees used in Farmington, Jay and Wilton.

Highlights

  • • Retail/medical marijuana store – $1,250

  • Lavin’s proposed fees are as follows:

• Cultivation, tier 1 – $250 indoor or outdoor, 0-500 sq. ft.

• Manufacturing, processing or testing – $1,250 manufacturing, $500 testing

• Cultivation, tier 2 – $1,000 indoor or outdoor, 501-2000 sq. ft.

• Cultivation, tier 3 – $2,000 indoor or outdoor, 2001-7000 sq. ft.

• Cultivation, tier 4 – $3,000 indoor or outdoor, 7,001-30,000 sq. ft., $1,000 extra for each additional 7,000 sq. ft. as allowed by state The average of fees in Farmington, Jay and Wilton (from a previous version of the town’s ordinance) are as follows:

• Retail/medical marijuana store – $1,333 • Manufacturing – $1,333

• Cultivation, tier 1 – $667 indoor or outdoor, 0-500 sq. ft. • Cultivation, tier 2 – $1,667 indoor or outdoor, 501-2000 sq. ft.

The Select Board now sets the fees, rather than voters, because of a change in the town’s marijuana ordinance. As a result, there are currently no fees in place as businesses await the annual renewal of their licenses. Chairman David Leavitt suggested and calculated the fees based on a regional average because “we shouldn’t be competing with each other to try to steal pot business.”

• Cultivation, tier 4 – $7,500 indoor or outdoor, 7,001-30,000 sq. ft. • Cultivation, tier 3 – $3,500 indoor or outdoor, 2001-7000 sq. ft.