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(a) Every applicant for a medical cannabis dispensary permit shall file an application with the Director upon a form provided by the Director and pay a non-refundable permit application fee of $8,459 to cover the costs to all City departments of investigating and processing the application and any applicable surcharges, exclusive of filing fees for appeals before the Board of Appeals. Beginning with fiscal year 2008-2009, fees set forth in this Section may be adjusted each year, without further action by the Board of Supervisors, as set forth in this Section.
Not later than April 1, the Director shall report to the Controller the revenues generated by the fees for the prior fiscal year and the prior fiscal year's costs of operation, as well as any other information that the Controller determines appropriate to the performance of the duties set forth in this Section.
Not later than May 15, the Controller shall determine whether the current fees have produced or are projected to produce revenues sufficient to support the costs of providing the services for which the fees are assessed and that the fees will not produce revenue which is significantly more than the costs of providing the services for which the fees are assessed.
The Controller shall if necessary, adjust the fees upward or downward for the upcoming fiscal year as appropriate to ensure that the program recovers the costs of operation without producing revenue which is significantly more than such costs. The adjusted rates shall become operative on July 1.
(b) The permit application form shall provide clear notice to applicants that the California Fire Code includes a requirement, among others that may apply, that an establishment obtain a place of assembly permit if it will accommodate 50 or more persons based on its square footage.
(c) The applicant for a medical cannabis dispensary permit shall set forth, under penalty of perjury, following on the permit application:
(1) The proposed location of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(2) The name and residence address of each person applying for the permit and any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(3) A unique identifying number from at least one government-issued form of identification, such as a social security card, a state driver's license or identification card, or a passport for of each person applying for the permit and any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(4) Written evidence that each person applying for the permit and any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary is at least 18 years of age;
(5) All felony convictions of each person applying for the permit and any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(6) Whether cultivation of medical cannabis shall occur on the premises of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(7) Whether smoking of medical cannabis shall occur on the premises of the medical cannabis dispensary;
(8) Whether food will be prepared, dispensed or sold on the premises of the medical cannabis dispensary; and
(9) Proposed security measures for the medical cannabis dispensary, including lighting and alarms, to ensure the safety of persons and to protect the premises from theft.
(e) If the applicant is a corporation, the applicant shall set forth the name of the corporation exactly as shown in its articles of incorporation, and the names and residence addresses of each of the officers, directors and each stockholder owning more than 10 percent of the stock of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall set forth the name and residence address of each of the partners, including limited partners. If one or more of the partners is a corporation, the provisions of this Section pertaining to a corporation apply.
(f) The Director is hereby authorized to require in the permit application any other information including, but not limited to, any information necessary to discover the truth of the matters set forth in the application.
(g) The Department of Public Health shall make reasonable efforts to arrange with the Department of Justice and with DOJ-certified fingerprinting agencies for fingerprinting services and criminal background checks for the purposes of verifying the information provided under Section 3304(c)(5) and certifying the listed individuals as required by Section 3307(c)(4). The applicant or each person listed in Section 3304(c)(5) shall assume the cost of fingerprinting and background checks, and shall execute all forms and releases required by the DOJ and the DOJ-certified fingerprinting agency.
(Added by Ord. 271-05, File No. 051747, App. 11/30/2005; amended by Ord. 273-05, File No. 051748, App. 11/30/2005; Ord. 275-05, File No. 051250, App. 11/30/2005; Ord. 225-06, File No. 060032, Effective without the signature of the Mayor; Ord. 225-07, File No. 070667, App. 10/2/2007; Ord. 149-08, File No. 080744, App. 7/30/2008; Ord. 25-09, File No. 081199, App. 2/13/2009)