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Nevada City to open application period for medical pot dispensary

Applicants wishing to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Nevada City will have to shell out more than $10,000 in fees to pay for the city's application process, but there's no guarantee they'll be approved.

According to an ordinance adopted March 22, only one medical cannabis dispensary will be allowed to operate in the city.

The application process should be completed sometime during January 2018, according to an estimate by city staff.

The selection procedure will take part in four phases. During phase one, which costs an applicant $2,461, each prospective business owner will undergo a criminal history check and will have to declare the proposed location of their dispensary. Applications are available beginning July 5 and are due by Aug. 31.

During phase two, which costs $1,773, a selection committee comprised of two council members, the city manager, police chief and city planner will review the applications that passed the first phase. Applicants will be evaluated based on the proposed location of their business, their business plan, neighborhood compatibility plan and safety and security plan. The city manager will rank the applicants with a point system based on that criteria, and the top six applicants will move on.

In phase three, which costs $2,091, the top six applicants will be interviewed and evaluated by the selection committee based on new criteria, and three will move on.

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Phase four will include a public meeting and city council's final selection and will cost the final three applicants $4,140 each.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.