Election day this yr proved to be a giant step ahead when it comes to drug coverage reform, with Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota legalizing adult-use hashish, Mississippi legalizing medicinal hashish, Washington DC decriminalizing a number of psychedelic vegetation, and Oregon main the manner by legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing non-commercial possession of ALL managed substances.
But right here in California, at least thirty-five cities and counties have been additionally voting on cannabis-related points, and those ballot initiatives were largely successful. As Marijuana Business Daily famous of their overview of the profitable initiatives, “as of June, only 168 of California’s 540 cities and counties allowed for any type of legal MJ retail operations, and many of those don’t allow adult-use retail, only medical,” and throughout California, there are at the moment solely about 700 storefront retailers, which is arguably woefully inadequate.
In this two-part collection of posts, we’ll present a rundown of what occurred with hashish at the native stage on this yr’s election, and the way in some jurisdictions, which may pave the manner for brand spanking new business hashish alternatives throughout California.
Artesia: Measure Q
Voters in Artesia, a suburb in Los Angeles County, voted to authorize a tax on marijuana companies of 15% of gross receipts and $20 per sq. foot for cultivation. Proponents of the measure estimated that these taxes might generate $200,000-400,000 per yr in income for metropolis companies.
Banning: Measure L
Voters in Banning, positioned in Riverside County, approved a tax of as much as 10% on marijuana distribution services to offer an estimated $20,289-$405,790 per yr for basic metropolis companies.
Benicia: Measure D
Voters in the Bay Area metropolis of Benicia accredited an opinion that new marijuana dispensaries ought to be permitted inside the metropolis. Measure D was placed on the poll as a nonbinding, advisory query with no means to alter native regulation.
Calaveras County: Measure G
Voters in Calaveras County accredited a brand new tax construction, establishing a most marijuana actions tax, not exceeding $7.00 per square-foot for cultivation space and eight% of receipts for different marijuana actions, producing an estimated $1.5 – $three million per yr for use regionally.
Calabasas: Measure SB
Voters in Calabasas accredited a hashish tax construction, authorizing a 10% tax on marijuana companies producing an estimated $10,000 per yr to fund metropolis companies.
Commerce: Measure SB
Voters in Commerce rejected a measure that will have accredited six marijuana company-development agreements struck between metropolis officers and companies.
Costa Mesa: Measure Q
Voters paved the manner for the City of Costa Mesa to permit business hashish retail shops by approving a measure permitting a 4%-7% gross receipts tax on retail marijuana companies producing an estimated $three million per yr for metropolis companies, and the regulation of marijuana enterprise areas.
Encinitas: Measure H
Voters accredited the City of Encinitas’ authorization of business hashish actions, together with retail gross sales, cultivation, manufacturing with sure restrictions. Encinitas at the moment bans all business hashish exercise.
Fairfield: Measure C
Voters in Fairfield approved a marijuana enterprise tax of 6% of gross receipts for retail companies, 4% of gross receipts for different companies, and $10 per sq. foot for cultivation producing an estimated $237,500 – $360,000 per yr.
Grass Valley: Measure N
Voters in Grass Valley accredited an 8% gross-receipts tax for retailers, a 6% gross-receipts tax for different companies and a cultivation tax of as much as $7 per sq. foot.
Hawthorne: Measure CC
Voters in Hawthorne approved a 5% tax on marijuana companies producing no income till marijuana companies are permitted in Hawthorne.
Jurupa Valley: Measure U
Voters in Jurupa Valley rejected a measure that will have expanded the variety of retailers allowed in the metropolis from seven to 9 and elevated taxes on hashish companies.
King City: Measure P
Voters in King City accredited a tax of as much as 5% of gross receipts for the sale of marijuana and marijuana merchandise and as much as 2% of gross receipts for the distribution of marijuana and marijuana merchandise from exterior King City producing an estimated $150,000 per yr.
Laguna Woods: Measure V
Voters in Laguna Woods accredited the opinion that marijuana dispensaries for retail sale of medical and non-medical marijuana ought to be permitted inside metropolis limits. Measure V was placed on the poll as a nonbinding, advisory query with no means to alter native regulation.
La Habra: Measure W
Voters in La Habra approved permits for as much as 4 marijuana supply companies and a gross receipts tax of as much as 6% on business marijuana companies producing an estimated $1-2 million per yr for basic companies together with emergency responses, public security, addressing homelessness, senior packages, open area preservation, and small companies.
Lemon Grove: Measure J
Voters in Lemon Grove, close to San Diego, approved a tax on marijuana retail enterprise of as much as 8% and on different marijuana companies of as much as 4% of gross receipts producing an estimated income of between $560,000 and $1.12 million per yr for basic metropolis companies.
Madera: Measure R
Voters in Madera approved a tax on marijuana companies of 6% of gross receipts for retail companies, 4% of gross receipts for different marijuana companies, and not more than $10 per sq. foot for cultivation producing an estimated $720,000 – $1.08 million per yr. Madera at the moment prohibits business hashish exercise.
Marina: Measure Z
Voters in Marina approved restrictions on marijuana enterprise proximity to parks and recreation facilities, sustaining a 5% gross receipts tax on marijuana companies and the cap of three grownup retailers and three medical dispensaries, and persevering with to ban leisure gross sales to people beneath 21.
Marysville: Measure N
Voters in Marysville approved a tax on marijuana companies of 6% of gross receipts for retail, 4% of gross receipts for different marijuana companies, and $10 per sq. foot for cultivation, producing an estimated $300,000 – $470,000 per yr for municipal companies together with regulation enforcement, hearth companies, roads and recreation.
Mount Shasta: Measure L
Voters in Mount Shasta rejected a measure that will have approved laws and licensing necessities for industrial marijuana companies.
We’ll cowl the the rest of the cannabis-related election outcomes right here in California in the subsequent installment of this two-part collection of posts.