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High Wire Act: States Struggle to Balance Expertise and Social Equity in Marijuana Markets

Utah issued a proposed rule (R68-27) for its recently approved medical marijuana program that calls for the issuance of ten cultivation licenses with fees of $10,000 per application and $100,000 per license (the rule does not address the sale of medical marijuana). A recent Salt Lake Tribune article addressed the steep cost (which does not include all the other start-up costs, including legal fees) and at least implicitly raised the question that is vexing states from coast-to-coast—how high should the barriers to entry be?

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