Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Legal Pot Shops in Saskatoon Could Face Financial Buzz Kill Due to High Fees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Legal Pot Shops in Saskatoon Could Face Financial Buzz Kill Due to High Fees

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Legal pot shops in Saskatoon could face high fees

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SASKATOON - Legal marijuana shops in Saskatoon could face a potential financial buzz kill.

The city is considering a $20,000 licensing fee for a pot shop's first year of operation and a $10,000 annual renewal charge.

Why so high?

The usual licensing fee to open other types of commercial businesses in Saskatoon is $125.

Randy Grauer, general manager of Saskatoon's community services department, said the substantial fees would reflect the cost of administering this new and complex type of business.

If approved by city council, the fees would be part of Saskatoon's cannabis licence bylaw.

"This business environment was thrust upon municipalities and the licence fees reflect our costs," Grauer said in a statement Tuesday. …

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