The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accredited a proposal to put a marijuana enterprise tax on the November poll.
Supervisors will focus on the precise wording of the measure at an August assembly. If handed by voters, the tax would have an effect on marijuana companies within the county’s unincorporated areas.
Supervisors Joel Anderson, Nathan Fletcher, Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas voted sure on a second studying of the ordinance, which in flip locations the marijuana tax proposal on the poll. Supervisor Jim Desmond voted no.
Earlier this month, the board voted 3-1 – with Desmond additionally opposed – to take an early step towards putting a marijuana tax proposal on the poll. The board accredited a draft decision calling for a 75-word poll query, and arguments for and in opposition to the measure, together with a fiscal influence.
The county permits 5 native marijuana operations to function – three in Ramona and one every in unincorporated areas bordering El Cajon and Escondido.
Throughout a quick public remark interval, most callers expressed opposition to the tax proposal, saying any advantages can be overshadowed by the hurt of elevated marijuana use.
Kathleen Lippitt, a Poway resident and public coverage advocate, stated a hashish tax isn’t actually within the public curiosity.
The marijuana trade “has been working this present for the final 18 months,” Lippitt stated, referring to the county’s hashish fairness coverage.
Kelly Hayes, an lawyer who represents marijuana companies, stated supervisors ought to think about a decrease tax price.
Hayes stated that solely 26% of licensed operators within the state are turning a revenue, and if the county needs to cease unlawful companies, it wants to offer authorized ones the instruments they should be profitable.
– Metropolis Information Service
Up to date 6:30 p.m. June 28, 2022