SLO Pot Growers Face Higher Fees, Restrictions
San Luis Obispo county staff have recommended an increase in cannabis licensing fees to cover new staff positions needed for the licensing review process.
There are 11 different departments involved in that process. Several new staff members, whose salaries and benefits would exceed $1 million, are expected to be hired.
"Since the early stages of the county's cannabis program, the Board of Supervisors has stated that the cannabis industry should be self-supporting, and not rely on county general fund for permitted activities," county staff said. "At this time only a portion of all costs are recovered through fees, and the county cannabis program continues to rely heavily on the county general fund."
In addition to the fee bumps, the Board of Supervisors is expected to impose new limits on cannabis cultivators. We could see a ban on outdoor grows, 1,000-foot setback requirements and more.
Read more at New Times San Luis Obispo.