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Voters decide whether to green-light two cannabis measures on local ballot papers

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In 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to legal cannabis cultivation and sale in unincorporated areas of the county.

Now, there are five dispensaries in El Cajon, Ramona, and Escondido. If passed, Action A, a county-level ballot measure, would impose a sales tax on cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

“I think we need to have a safe, regulated and legal system for cannabis, but one of the important components of having that is that you have to have a mechanism to make sure the cannabis industry pays the taxes they pay in all of the cities they work in,” said San Diego Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher. In which”.

Dispensaries located in a city where there is already a tax will not be charged double tax. If Action A succeeds, the county estimates that taxes could generate anywhere from $3 million to $5.5 million, which will go to the General Fund for Services and Infrastructure. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association said that’s why it opposes the measure.

“The problem with Procedure A is that the unincorporated part of the county is taxed, but there is no guarantee that the money will be used for public obligations created in the unincorporated part of the county, which is unfair,” said Hani Hong, President and CEO. taxpayers.

Fletcher said people who use dispensaries may not live in unincorporated areas of the county, and even people who live there benefit from many of the county-wide services paid by the county general fund.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association said it supports a similar measure on the ballot in Encinitas, where voters there have approved the legal cultivation and sale of cannabis in 2020. Now they will decide whether to support sales tax for the future of the four dispensaries that the city will supply permits one day. . The Taxpayers Association said it supports Measure L because it ensures that revenue generated from potential taxes will be spent in the same place as corporations are taxed.


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