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Sacramento Marijuana Tax, Measure C (November 2010)

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A Sacramento Marijuana Tax and Business Tax Increase, Measure C was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Sacramento in Sacramento County.[1] It was approved.

Measure C was partially contingent on whether California's voters approve Proposition 19 on the November 2 statewide ballot. Proposition 19 was defeated. If it had been approved, Measure C would then have allowed the Sacramento City Council to tax recreational marijuana sales in the city at a rate between 5-10%.

The Sacramento Marijuana Tax measure also contained a provision that was not contingent on the passage of Proposition 19, namely, a provision that allows the city to tax the gross receipts of the city's existing medical marijuana dispensaries at 2-4%. There are about three dozen such dispensaries operating in the city.[1][2]

Election results

  • Yes: 83,986 (71.74%) Approveda
  • No: 33,079 (28.26%)

Election results are from the Sacramento County elections division as of November 24, 2010.


Sacramento City Council member Sandy Sheedy was the primary sponsor of the measure on the city council to put the Marijuana Tax vote on the November 2 ballot.

Dan Newman of the Tax Cannabis 2010 committee said, "The City Council's action shows that passing Proposition 19 to control and tax marijuana like alcohol will help fund vital services and … help them balance budgets."[1]


Roger Salazar of the campaign committee that urged a "no" vote on Proposition 19 said, "There can be a race to the bottom for taxes to try to lure these (recreational marijuana) businesses to their localities. The unfortunate thing is that all this potential revenue is contingent on the notion that more people will use this drug."[1]

Medical marijuana patient Sue Malone said that it is wrong to impose a discriminatory tax on cannabis businesses: "To even think about that is absolutely sinful."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure C: “Marijuana Business Tax. To help preserve essential services like fire, police, and 911 emergency response, shall City of Sacramento's business operations tax be updated by taxing businesses engaged in medical marijuana transactions, and in commercial production and sale of marijuana if legalized by California voters, at maximum rates of 4% and 10%, respectively, of gross receipts, with City Council discretion to lower tax rates or raise tax rates to the maximums, and requiring independent audits?"[3]

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