The Hathian City Council and Mayor Karn Nevelle have unanimously approved new legislation regarding the growing and sale of marijuana. The law provides for the licensing of marijuana cultivation and retail stores, as well as fines for noncompliance. The law also provides the creation of a Cannabis Task Force for inspection and regulation. Mayor Nevelle signed the bill into Law on Tuesday, January 19.
Councilwoman Inara Shen, the original proponent of the legislation, explained to the Observer that she drafted the language of the law based on several other U.S. cities that have legalized Marijuana. Miss Shen stated, “It was a lot more complicated than I even imagined. After months of revisions, consultations with lawyers and other legal experts, we finalized and ratified. I want to thank the mayor for his help and encouragement throughout the process. I have great hopes about the income this could bring to Hathian.”
The main points of the legislation are as follows:
There are three levels of licenses to procure, with varying costs:
1. Individual Cultivation: An individual licensed to grow their own supply are allowed to have up to three plants in a locked, secured location. Individual cultivators will be subject to occasional inspection by Hathian’s Cannabis task force to ensure they are following regulations. They may not sell any part of the plant to anyone. License fee for personal growing is $100 per quarter.
2. Mass Cultivation: Growers licensed for mass cultivation are allowed to cultivate marijuana plants in a locked, secured location. Up to 50 plants are allowed. Growers are not allowed to sell marijuana in any quantity to individual consumers. They are only allowed to sell their supply to licensed retail stores. Their sales to retail suppliers will be taxed at 10%. License fee to be a cultivator is $1000 per quarter. Mass Cultivators will be subject to occasional inspection by Hathian’s Cannabis task force to ensure they are following regulations.
3. Retail Stores: Licensed retail stores of cannabis will be allowed to sell marijuana and marijuana products in a manner similar to alcohol. Following state laws for alcohol sales, employees of an establishment that sells marijuana must be at least 18 years of age. Sales will be taxed at 15%. License fee for a retail store is $2500 per quarter. Retailers will be subject to occasional inspection by Hathian’s Cannabis task force to ensure they are following regulations.
For the time being, anyone wishing for any of the three licenses specified above should contact Inara Shen (Inara.Indigo) who will be assisting Mayor Nevelle in rounding up trustworthy individuals for the Cannabis Task Force.