Sparks council members approved amendments to business licenses for medical marijuana establishments.
Sparks City Council members passed amendments on medical marijuana business licenses in a 4-1 vote on Monday.
Councilman Mike Carrigan voted down the amendments, which set fees for applicants looking to open a pot establishment such as a growing facility, testing lab or dispensary.
“The whole medical marijuana establishments for us has been a three-step process,” city spokesman Adam Mayberry said.
“So this is the third and final step that basically allows (a marijuana facility),” Mayberry said. “If in fact they’re going to set up a business in this city, they’ll need a business license. Our business licenses never allowed that.”
Business licensing fees vary depending on the type of medical marijuana facility, Mayberry said.
Testing labs will be required to pay an $80 yearly base fee, while cultivation and production facilities will pay a $3,000 annual fee.
All three establishments also will need to pay an additional $1 for each $1,000 in gross receipts in excess of $10,000.
Meanwhile, dispensaries pay an annual base fee of $5,000 plus $5 for each $1,000 in excess of $10,000, Sparks City Manager Steve Driscoll said.
The city of Sparks won’t be issuing licenses until the state has its ranking and gives the city recommendations, Councilman Ron Smith said at Monday’s meeting.
Sparks police can also suggest revocation when they come across something that justifies it, Sparks city planner Armando Ornelas said.
“We wouldn’t expect business applicants to submit an application immediately,” Ornelas said.