Mayor Mary Salas and Chula Vistas sales tax are early winners on election night

Mayor Mary Salas and Chula Vista\s sales tax are early winners on election night
Vista, La Mesa And Chula Vista Voters To Have Say On Cannabis Sales, Taxes
Preliminary voting results are in for five different marijuana-related measures brought before voters in Chula Vista, La Mesa and Vista.

Measure Q: Chula Vista Marijuana Taxes Measure Q: Chula Vista Marijuana Taxes 20% ReportingNov 7, 12:27 AMYes 15284

If the yes votes prevail, licensed shops can open up and the city can tax manufacturing, cultivation and testing sites, as well as dispensaries and delivery services anywhere from 5 to 15 percent.

Manufacturing, cultivation and testing will be limited to industrial-zoned sites only, and those establishments will have to qualify for a permit.

Every applicant will have to pass a criminal background check, financial check, and have their site approved through the whole permit process. They’ll also need a plan for security and money handling.

According to City Councilmembers, some of the revenue from the tax would go toward setting up an enforcement unit focused on regulating legal pot shops and shutting down illegal ones. The rest of the revenue would go into the general fund.

Measure Q stipulates an eight-dispensary maximum in the city, and if the maximum is reached then only four additional delivery services will be allowed.

If the measure fails, the prohibition on pot in Chula Vista will remain — as it stands, absolutely no legal marijuana manufacturing or dispensaries are allowed within city limits.

Measure V: La Mesa Marijuana Tax Hike Measure V: La Mesa Marijuana Tax Hike 16% ReportingNov 7, 12:27 AMYes 5203

Measure V proposes the establishment of a Cannabis Business Tax that would apply to all commercial marijuana businesses within the city.

Revenue from the tax would be deposited in the citys general fund and would be spent on police and fire protection, road repairs, neighborhood parks and other community services. The money would also help support efforts to shut down illegal dispensaries in the city and regulate legal medical marijuana businesses not subject to the proposed tax.

The tax is estimated to generate $1.5 to $2 million annually for La Mesa, according to the City Attorney.

Commercial marijuana cultivation businesses, or nurseries, would be taxed $1 to $10 per square foot of canopy space, and retail businesses would be taxed up to 6 percent on gross receipt amounts. The measure also allows the city to adjust the tax rates annually as long as they dont exceed limits approved by voters.

Currently, medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivators, and manufacturers are allowed under a conditional use permit, but all other medical and recreational businesses are prohibited.

A majority of yes votes means the tax is adopted, and a majority of no votes means the tax wont be established.

Measure AA: Taxing Future Marijuana Shops in Vista Measure AA: Taxing Future Marijuana Shops in Vista 32% ReportingNov 7, 12:27 AMYes 4507

Measure AA proposes a tax structure for marijuana businesses and grants the City Council authority to administrative rules regulating marijuana sales if marijuana businesses ever become legal in the city.

The tax calls for an initial 6 percent rate on adult-use retail sales that could adjust within a 0 to 12 percent range; an initial 5 percent rate on medical use retail sales that could adjust within a 0 to 10 percent range; an initial 4 percent rate on manufacturing businesses that could adjust within a 0 to 8 percent range; an initial 1 percent rate on testing businesses that could adjust within a 0 to 3.5 percent range; and a $14 per square foot tax on cultivation canopy space adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index.

A yes vote would allow the Vista City Council to adopt the tax structure if marijuana businesses ever become legal.

Measure BB: Medical Marijuana Delivery in Vista Measure BB: Medical Marijuana Delivery in Vista 32% ReportingNov 7, 12:27 AMNo 4626

Measure BB would allow up to three delivery only (non-storefront) medical dispensaries and up to two product testing labs.

The allowed delivery businesses would be limited to industrial-zoned districts and would not be allowed within 1,000 feet of any public or private school with grades 1 through 12, any daycare, youth center, treatment center, youth-oriented business, public or private park, or homeless shelter, and must be 500 feet away from any residential zone.

Measure Z: Vista Marijuana Storefronts Measure Z: Vista Marijuana Storefronts 32% ReportingNov 7, 12:27 AMYes 4460

Allowed medical dispensaries could exist in any of Vistas commercial, industrial, business park, and mixed-use zoning districts, with certain restrictions on proximity to public or private schools and other dispensaries.

Medical dispensaries would pay a permanent tax equal to 7 percent of gross sales that would be deposited in the citys general fund.

Voters in La Mesa, Chula Vista and Vista will weigh in on cannabis-related measures about legalizing retail sales and taxing marijuana Tuesday.

In La Mesa, voters are being asked to vote on a cannabis business tax. If passed, it would add up to 6 percent tax on marijuana-related sales.

The city of Chula Vista also has a similar cannabis business tax heading to voters. Chula Vista Deputy City Manager Kelley Bacon said it would allow dispensaries in the city.

“If the tax measure passes, well start accepting licenses (for dispensaries) in early January,” Bacon said. “If it doesnt, then theyll continue to be illegal in Chula Vista.”

Measure Q would impose at least a 5 percent but no more than 15 percent tax on pot sales. Back in March, Chula Vistas city council voted to allow recreational cannabis businesses in the city — but that ordinance is contingent on Measure Q passing. The city said Measure Q could eventually raise $6 million a year, which would go toward shutting down illegal dispensaries.

Voters in Vista will see three cannabis-related measures in November. Measure Z is a citizens initiative that would bring up to 11 medical marijuana storefronts to Vista.

In response the citizens initiative, the Vista City Council put Measure BB and AA on the ballot. Measure BB would allow up to three medical marijuana delivery businesses in the city, with no storefronts. Measure AA would tax marijuana between 3.5 percent for testing and up to 12 percent for retail stores.


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