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Anyone hoping to get into the cannabis business in Kelowna will pay a pretty penny to do so. City council Monday approved a licensing structure that will put back any prospective retailler nearly $19,000 in fees before making any renovations or opening the door. The city had previously set a rezoning application fee of $9,450 just to be considered for a licence to sell. A yearly business licence will now cost $9,465 on top of that, with an $8,000 yearly renewal fee. “Staff have set a comprehensive proposed licence fee schedule to address community impacts arising from
the development of a cannabis retail sales process, the review of each application, its licensing approvals, and
to help offset projected community enforcement impacts of consumption,” licencing manager Greg Wise told council. The business license is much higher than the $5,000 charged in Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton, but far less than the $20,000 charged in Nelson and $30,000 in the City of Vancouver. Selling pot won’t be cheap – Kelowna News

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