This year’s election day proved to be a great step forward in terms of drug policy reform. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota legalized adult cannabis, Mississippi legalized medicinal cannabis, Washington DC decriminalized a variety of psychedelic plants, and Oregon is a leader in legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing the non-commercial possession of ALL controlled substances.
But here in California at least 35 cities and counties also voted on cannabis issues, and those election initiatives have largely been successful. As the Marijuana Business Daily noted in its review of successful initiatives, “As of June, only 168 of California’s 540 cities and counties allowed any form of legal MJ retail, and many of them allow non-adult retail medical.” There are currently only about 700 retailers in California, which is arguably completely insufficient.
In this two-part series, we provide an overview of what happened to cannabis in this year’s local elections and how this in some countries could pave the way for new commercial cannabis opportunities across California. In case you missed it, part one of this series is here.
Oceanside: Measure M.
Voters approved a tax on marijuana retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses of up to 6% and marijuana grow businesses of up to 3.5% of gross revenues, generating an estimated $ 1.9 million annually for general urban services .
Ojai: Measure G.
Voters approved a 3% tax on marijuana businesses, which generates an estimated $ 465,000 to $ 1.55 million annually for urban services, and allows Ojai to increase the tax to 10%.
Pomona: Measure PO
Voters supported the commercial cannabis licensing program, which granted up to eight permits to marijuana companies. The upkeep of marijuana businesses must be at least 300m from schools, day care centers, and youth facilities.
Porterville: Measure R.
Voters approved a tax on marijuana businesses of 10% of gross receipts, or $ 25 per square foot, to fund general services and public safety.
San Bruno: Measure S.
Voters approved a business license tax of up to 10% on gross receipts, which did not generate any revenue until marijuana stores were allowed in the city.
San Joaquin County: Measure X.
Voters authorized the county to impose a marijuana tax of between 3.5% and 8% of gross receipts and $ 2.00 per square foot of cultivation to raise an estimated $ 250,000 per year to fund child and youth services.
Solana Beach: Measure S.
Voters opposed a measure that would have allowed at least two retail licenses for cannabis in-store, as well as indoor cultivation and delivery. Solana Beach currently bans all commercial cannabis activity.
Sonom: Measure X and Measure Y.
Voters voted in favor of Measure X, which sets a general business tax on cannabis of up to 4% for retailers, manufacturers and indoor growers, 3% for dealers, 2.5% for outdoor cultivators and 2% for test laboratories.
Voters also opposed Measure Y, which would have allowed additional personal growing rights and the establishment and operation of cannabis businesses in the city, including commercial cultivation, manufacturing, retailing, delivery, distribution, testing and special events.
Tracy: Measure W.
Voters approved business taxes on marijuana at the following rates: 6% of gross receipts for retail businesses, 4% of gross receipts for other businesses, and $ 12 per square foot for canopy growing, generating an estimated revenue of $ 350,000 to $ 700,000 per year for general City Fund.
Trinity County: Measure G.
Voters approved a marijuana growing tax of $ 15.44 per pound for flowers, $ 4.59 per pound for leaves, $ 2.16 per pound for fresh plants, and 2.5% of gross income for those with a marijuana retail license with a maximum tax rate of 25% on the first £ 100, 50% on £ 100-400, 75% on £ 400-1,000, and a full tax on more than £ 1,000.
Vacaville: Measure V.
Voters approved a marijuana business tax of 6% of gross receipts for retail businesses, 4% of gross receipts for other businesses, and $ 10 per square foot for cultivation, bringing an estimated $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 to fund general services including law enforcement, fire services, and roads generated.
Ventura: Measure I.
Voters approved a tax on marijuana businesses of 8% of gross receipts for marijuana retail stores, 4% for other marijuana businesses, and $ 10 per square foot for cultivation. The city currently bans all commercial cannabis activity.
Ventura County: Measure O.
Voters approved the cultivation and distribution of marijuana with a limit of 500 acres for general marijuana growing and 100 acres for indoor nurseries, permits for sale between dealers and a tax of 4% of gross income for general cultivation and 1% the gross income for growing tree nurseries. The county currently bans all commercial cannabis activities.
Weeds: Measure B.
Voters decided to enact regulations for marijuana businesses, including requiring licenses, restricting licenses, and other regulations governing the operation and conduct of such businesses.
Yountville: Measure T.
Voters opposed a measure that would have allowed a Yountville marijuana company to exist for retail, local delivery and consumption, setting regulations, fees, permits, operating conditions and a 3% tax on gross receipts, thereby creating an estimated $ 30,000 to $ 100,000 annually would be generated annually.