US (OK): Norman City Council favors tiered system for MMJ fees

Council members are leaning toward a tiered system for medical marijuana business license fees, based on discussion from a study session on the issue.

After tabling the medical marijuana ordinance amendments last week, the Norman City Council met for a study session for clarifications. The current license fee amendment adjusts the previously proposed $1,250 fee for medical marijuana establishments to $850, which was the point of contention at last week's council meeting.

This amendment continued to be a focus point during Tuesday's study session, but members were able to gain more information about what other municipalities are doing.
Several cities going through the exact same process of updating their medical marijuana laws to match state law. Assistant City Attorney Beth Muckala presented more information on the amendments and information about what 30 other municipalities have done.

She said Norman is the fourth-largest municipality in regards to the amount of dispensaries, growers and processors, with 62 dispensaries.

Muckala looked at 30 other municipalities, and she found that several cities are still considering their updates, fees and zoning, as well. Edmond and Oklahoma City has not passed medical marijuana code amendments either, but Edmond is slated to vote on Aug. 26, and Oklahoma City held a public hearing on Aug. 13.


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