My city & county have more rules regarding business than other municipalities in our state.
Our water costs a great deal of money, every one of us can’t have nightclubs or restaurants with loud tunes, & there is an ever increasing number of available liquor licenses also.
If you want to be a business owner in this area, you have a number of hoops to make your way through. It’s not a matter of simply renting some place in a strip mall & deciding to be a merchant overnight. You have to deal with the county commissioners & the city council. Some businesses are approved in a jiffy, while others have to go through a lengthy process for approval. When I was actually working as a reporter, I had to be in at county commission meetings a number of times, & it was totally heartbreaking to see people plead for permission to open their businesses. Despite our state legalizing medical marjuana with over 70% of voter approval, municipalities that are very similar to our own have gone out of their way to make it extremely tough for marijuana businesses to operate or exist at all. It took a bunch of years for medical marijuana companies to get building permits in this county; & now that they have, they have to follow rules such as closing at 7pm every night & staying closed every Friday too. On top of that, they can’t be open past 12pm on Saturdays, making it honestly difficult to get cannabis on the weekend. If you aren’t up early on Saturday morning, you’ll be driving to an adjacent city or waiting until Sunday to pick up some more cannabis products.