CAN: Berkley City Council approves merit-point system for cannabis business licenses

After several delays, the Berkley City Council approved its merit-point system for cannabis business licenses.

The council adopted its point system at its Feb. 3 meeting. It was last evaluated during a special meeting Jan. 23, where the system was all but finalized before the council decided to hold off to review one specific merit-based criterion.

As City Manager Matt Baumgarten recounted, the other 25 criteria had been locked in by the end of the special meeting, but a section of the highest-rated criteria needed to be reviewed.

The criterion is worth 26 points but features sub-scores that add to the total. The language discussed was for a sub score worth 16 points that asked that an applicant demonstrate the ability to successfully operate a cannabis business by means of a “supply chain with state-verified cultivation facility, with certification that adequate supply will be readily available for sales upon the anticipated opening date of the marihuana business. (Requires cultivation to submit affidavit affirming supply levels.)”


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