Payments for Marijuana Licenses Appear to Skirt State Law
“But Blake Mensing, an attorney who represents marijuana operators, said additional payments — including even donations to third-party nonprofits — shouldn’t be allowed if they’re required in the same contract granting local approval. Otherwise, he said, smaller companies will be frozen out.
‘There is some gray area to navigate,’ Mensing said, ‘but I think the commission is making it harder than it needs to be. Up to 3 percent for no longer than five years is, honestly, a model of statutory clarity.’”