Here are five things to know about applying for a medical marijuana license in Aberdeen

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Medical marijuana business license applications are now available in Aberdeen. 

The application forms went live on the city's website Tuesday. As of late Wednesday afternoon, City Attorney Ron Wager said, no applications had come in.

Given the track record of other cities like Sioux Falls, the dispensary spots might get taken quickly. In Aberdeen, the city council has set a maximum of six dispensary licenses.

Here are five things to know about applying for a medical marijuana business license in Aberdeen.

It's going to be a lengthy process

The application lists the steps and documentation needed in order for it to be considered complete. 

Applicants must submit several documents, including proof that the property owner has consented for medical marijuana to be cultivated or dispensed on the property and copies of operating procedures and site plans that meet the requirements set by the city and state. If these requirements are not met, the application will be denied.

Several departments will be involved in the approval process

It's not just the Aberdeen City Council that decides which applications to approve. The Aberdeen Police Department and the planning and zoning department will also be involved in the decision-making, Wager said.

The application also needs to be approved by the state

After a permit is given by the city, the application will be sent along to the state for a registration certificate. If the state decides that the application is not complete, it will be denied. 

 

It's going to be pricey

The application has a non-refundable processing fee of $500. Then, there's a $5,000 license fee for medical marijuana cultivation, testing or manufacturing facilities and a $10,000 fee for dispensaries. If the license is denied, the $5,000 or $10,000 free will be refunded.

There might be a lottery

What happens if the city gets more than six applications? That is to be determined, said Wager.

The city could sift through the applications or send them to the state for a lottery. If that happens, those with approved applications could still get denied. If the council decides on the lottery process, it would also have to decide what happens to the licenses that are approved and forwarded, but not selected in the lottery. Wager thinks it's likely that license fees will refunded just as they would if the city or state denied the application. 

Wager said the city doesn't have an estimated number of applications. Sioux Falls got enough that it used the lottery process.

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