Huntington Beach City Council contemplating cannabis tax, commercial legalization

Huntington Beach City Council contemplating cannabis tax, commercial legalization
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OC Register report This fall, Huntington Beach voters could be asked to decide, yet again, on the future of cannabis sales in their city. Although a ballot measure in the primary elections failed last month, the City Council is continuing to consider potential measures to pose to voters in November that could legalize, tax, and regulate the commercial sale of cannabis. Measure A, which was before voters in the June primary elections, would have created a special tax of up to 6% on the gross receipts of cannabis retailers. Non-retail cannabis businesses — such as testing labs and distributors — would have been taxed at no more than 1%. But the measure received 64.58% support during the primary, just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. Earlier this week, the City Council voted 5-2 to support multiple actions reattempting to pass legal cannabis sales on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. It is also considering a proposal to allow and regulate both retail and non-retail cannabis businesses in the city. The City Council, as of now, is considering asking voters if the city should “allow and regulate a limited number of retail and non-retail cannabis businesses for medical and recreational” purposes to operate in designated zones in Huntington Beach. Some proposed regulations included permitting storefront and delivery-only retailers but prohibiting cannabis sales via vending machines, vehicles, or mobile stations. As the proposal now stands, retailers would need to be at least 1,000 feet from middle and high schools and at least 600 feet from elementary schools, parks, youth centers, and licensed commercial daycare centers. The City Council is also considering asking voters if it should set taxes for cannabis businesses identical to those in the failed Measure A proposal. This new measure would need to be voted on by residents in November. While…

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