San Diego County wants to charge medical marijuana dispensaries an up-front fee of as much as $20,000 for inspection services, the latest move in a concerted effort to keep them from opening, a dispensary advocate told the North County Times.
The fee would cover what officials say is the 60 hours per week required for a deputy and licensing specialist to assure compliance with ordinance regulations.
County supervisors next week will consider the fee as part of a stringent dispensary ordinance, the paper reported.
The proposed fee and a lengthy list of requirements that include disclosing the addresses of pot providers are so onerous that no dispensary will be able to open in the unincorporated area, said Eugene Davidovich of the San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access.
A county spokesman disputed that assertion.
Read more: North County Times