City panels push $1,600 pot clinic fee

March 22, 2010

Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

Moving to finalize regulations governing medical marijuana clinics, two city panels recommended Tuesday that applicants be charged fees totaling nearly $1,600. The proposals adopted by the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management and Budget and Finance committees require applicants to secure LAPD clearance and approvals from several city agencies. The proposed application fees include $151 for a police background check, $324 for City Clerk approvals and $688 for Department of Building and Safety permits, and about $500 for miscellaneous fees. The report also asked for a study on whether a tax can be imposed on the 134 clinics that will be allowed to operate in Los Angeles. Councilman Bill Rosendahl also said he wants information on the timing of notices that will be sent to hundreds of clinics slated for closure because they are located too close to schools, parks, churches and residential neighborhoods. Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access, said clinic operators support a fee schedule but are concerned that the city's recently passed restrictions make it too easy to disqualify applicants. Attorney Wayne Avrashaw, who represents several collectives, urged the city to create a working group of operators to help develop the final program.

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