Stanton Residents Will Vote on Marijuana Tax Nov. 5


Stanton residents could have an opportunity to vote on a marijuana tax Nov. 5 which, if permitted, would lay the framework for marijuana-related companies to come back into the town.

The Stanton Metropolis Council voted unanimously July 23 so as to add the measure to a consolidated particular election poll Nov. 5.

“[Marijuana businesses] could have a construction to permit them to come back in. [The tax] provides us our personal authority to write down our personal rules, and the parameters to tax them based mostly on how [the city] needs.” mentioned Metropolis Clerk Patricia Vasquez after the council’s assembly.

Marijuana and hemp companies are presently unlawful and unregulated in Stanton. Vazquez mentioned this measure would give the town native management to resolve what companies to permit, and what to tax them. The particular election will price the town $133,500, in line with the employees report.

If permitted, the town expects the marijuana tax to usher in $1 million to $1.four million yearly, which might be put within the common fund. Cash gained from the tax will go towards paying for public security, highway restore and different companies, in line with the employees report.

Income from the tax would additionally assist the town counter finances shortfalls of $100,00Zero yearly, which they count on to face beginning subsequent fiscal 12 months. That deficit is projected to rise to $1,000,00Zero in fiscal 12 months 2023-2024, in line with the employees report.

The tax would cost marijuana and industrial hemp cultivation amenities $12.00 per sq. foot of cover house, and dispensaries and weed supply companies can be charged 6% of their gross receipts.

Costa Mesa taxes marijuana companies 6% of gross receipts, in line with an informational flyer on the town’s web site. Nonetheless, Costa Mesa solely permits for medical marijuana companies in sure components of the town by Measure X, which was permitted by voters in 2016. Stanton’s measure would apply to leisure companies, and medical marijuana companies will not be talked about in Stanton’s employees report.

La Habra and Santa Ana additionally enable for sure sorts of marijuana companies within the metropolis. La Habra permits cannabis testing and distribution amenities inside particular areas of the town, and Santa Ana has a course of for dispensaries, testing and distribution amenities to open.

Miranda Andrade is a Voice of OC reporting intern and will be reached at [email protected]


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