Ohio Marijuana Sellers Face High State Fees to Run Business

Potential medical marijuana dispensary owners in Ohio will have to shell out some green to sell some green if the latest round of suggested dispensary fees become law.

Prospective business owners may have to pay more than $75,000 in state fees, and that’s before factoring in costs of a storefront, product or employee salaries.

The dispensary fee structure proposed by the Medical Marijuana Control Program, the state agency charged with regulating the nascent industry, must undergo a public hearing Tuesday and a review from the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review before taking effect.

The money collected from the fees will go into a fund shared by the Control Program and the Department of Commerce to pay for the former, according to Cameron McNamee with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

Although the fees seem a high barrier to entry for potential business owners, advocates say they’re in line with other heavily...

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