California City and County Cannabis Ballot Measure Roundup: Northern California
With Proposition 64's passage, attention now turns to local county and city governments around the state that will issue necessary licenses for commercial adult use cannabis businesses under Prop. 64 and for medical businesses under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
In many local jurisdictions, elected officials or citizen activists have placed on the ballot measures to allow, tax, and license cannabis businesses at the local local. For counties in Northern California and the Central Valley, the details are below.
A quick summary, however, is that measures to impose or allow local government to impose taxes passed just about everywhere they were on the ballot -- almost 20 just in Northern California and the Central Valley.
By contrast, measures to create local permitting and regulations for cannabis businesses did not fare as well. The Heritage Act failed in Mendoncio County, as did efforts in Butte and Yolo Counties. Voters in Dunsmuir similarly rejected an effort to allow cultivation. Only Stockton and Colfax used the ballot box to allow licensing of cannabis businesses.
Here are the results of all the Northern California and Central Valley cannabis-related ballot measures on November 8, organized by county.
Contra Costa County
Mendocino County Measure AF (the Mendocino Heritage Act) would repeal much of the county's current medical cannabis regulation and create a new system for licensing of medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales in the unincorporated county. It failed.
Mendocino County Measure AJ is advisory only and advises on whether the county should spend tax revenue from Measure AI on enforcement of marijuana regulations, mental health services, county road repair, and fire and medical emergency services. It passed.
Monterey County Measure Y imposed taxes on recreational and medical cannabis businesses in unincorporated Monterey County, including a tax on cultivators that starts at $10 per square foot and grows to $25 per square foot in 2020. It passed easily. Monterey County has already passed medical cannabis licensing ordinances, but they were contingent on Measure Y's passage, and will now take effect.
Local measures in Del Ray Oaks (Measure A), King City (Measure J), and Gonzales (Measure W), Greenfield (Measure O), and Salinas (Measure L) would allow or impose various taxes on cannabis businesses. All passed.
San Joaquin County
Stockton Measure P would overturn the ban on dispensaries and allow four licensed dispensaries in Stockton.
Stockton Measure Q would increase tax rates for cannabis businesses to a range of 3.5% to 5% of gross receipts.