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From the left, Elgin City Councilman Sean Batement and Councilman Fred Guevara listen as Mayor JJ Francais speaks during Tuesday's special meeting at Elgin City Hall. The council adopted a fee schedule for medical marijuana-related businesses.
From the left, Elgin City Councilman Sean Batement and Councilman Fred Guevara listen as Mayor JJ Francais speaks during Tuesday's special meeting at Elgin City Hall. The council adopted a fee schedule for medical marijuana-related businesses.

ELGIN — Elgin will charge a $2,000 initial application fee for medical marijuana dispensaries seeking certificates of compliance, but that fee will drop to $1,500 for renewals.

The Elgin City Council unanimously approved a fee schedule for dispensaries and other medical marijuana-related businesses during a special meeting Tuesday at Elgin City Hall. The fees, which include occupational taxes, are designed to help the city cover the cost of issuing permits, inspecting facilities and enforcing regulations.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Dispensaries: $2,000 for the initial application and $1,500 for a renewal application. Occupational taxes are $450.

Processing facilities, including limited processing/rolling facilities: $1,000 for the initial application and $750 for renewal. Occupational taxes are $450.

Commercial growers, regardless of the number of plants allowed: $1,500 for the initial application and $1,000 for renewals. Occupational taxes are $450.

Testing labs: $250 for the initial application and $250 for renewals. Occupational taxes are $450.

Research facilities: $250 for the initial application and $250 for renewals. Occupational taxes are $250.

Education facilities: $250 for the initial application and $250 for renewals. Occupational taxes are $250.

The fees for dispensaries are higher because dispensaries create a bigger burden for local government than other types of medical marijuana businesses, said Mayor JJ Francais.

“The dispensary is the highest impact to the city, and then it works down from there,” he said.