San Jose Marijuana Tax, Measure U (November 2010)
Measure U allows San Jose to impose a tax of 10% on the gross receipts of businesses located in the city that sell marijuana.
As of August 2010, there are an estimated 75 medical marijuana storefront dispensaries in San Jose and 0 "marijuana businesses." San Jose was able to identify 40 sales permits for these medical dispensaries. The cumulative gross receipts of the 40 identified is $1.5 million.
These election results are from the Santa Clara County elections division as of November 27, 2010.
San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio supported Measure U, saying, "Any source of revenue is a good thing."
The Silicon Valley Chapter of Americans for Safe Access opposed Measure U, saying that it is "unfair, unjust, and unacceptable to tax medicine."
David Hodges, founder of the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective, said the proposal "would make San Jose the city with the highest medical cannabis tax rate in the state and put undue burden on patients."
The website Vote No U, says this tax could place an over 30% tax on medical cannabis
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure U: In order to provide funding for essential City services such police, fire, emergency response, street maintenance, pothole repair, parks, libraries and youth and senior programs, shall an ordinance be adopted to impose a tax at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts on marijuana businesses in San Jose, subject to existing independent financial audits, with all revenue controlled by the City?|
- Business taxes in California
- Local marijuana ballot measures in California
- Marijuana dispensaries in California
- Everyone, Vote No on Measure U (timed out) from Vote No on U
- Measure U fact sheet from the City of San Jose
- Official Statement from Silicon Valley ASA
- List of local measures on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Santa Clara County
- KTVU, "SJ City Council Approves Marijuana Business Tax Measure," August 3, 2010
- Mercury News, "Calif. cities ask voters to tax pot to ease gaps," October 23, 2010 (dead link)
- Silicon Valley Chapter of Americans for Safe Access
- Mercury News, "Controversy flares over San Jose proposals to tax pot, tighten police and firefighter pay," July 25, 2010
- VoteNoU, "Vote NO on San Jose Measure U," October 13, 2010 (timed out)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.