Marijuana retailers face substantial start-up costs to open in Ontario

Norm Crume, Ontario city council president, led the effort to require marijuana merchants to post a $7,500 bond to the city. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Marijuana merchants seeking to start dispensaries in Ontario will have to pay nearly $14,000 to the city just to open the doors.

Operators are required to pay the city to apply to operate, and to obtain a business license and a bond – in all $13,700.

A city business license for a marijuana dispensary will cost $5,000 while the application costs $1,200. The bond proposed by city council president Norm Crume is set at $7,500.

Crume said he pushed for the bond because he felt the city needed “protection” in case a dispensary failed and didn’t pay its city marijuana sales tax of 3 percent.

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