Long Beach Tax on Recreational Marijuana, Measure B (November 2010)

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A Long Beach Tax on Recreational Marijuana, Measure B ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Long Beach in Los Angeles County. It was approved but its approval is moot, since Proposition 19 failed.[1]

Measure B imposed a 15% tax on businesses that sell recreational marijuana and a $25 tax on cultivation sites per square foot. This would have only been relevant if Proposition 19 had also passed; however, Proposition 19 failed.[2]

Lori Ann Farrell, director of finance for the City of Long Beach, said the income generated by the marijuana tax would have helped the city's overall financial position. "Will we have to shut our libraries, or our parks and recreations facilities down? Will we have to move public safety resources from what they’re doing now to regulating these businesses because we didn’t tax at a rate that we thought was appropriate?... We can’t control statewide what the result will be, but we can control how we handle that result."[3]

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 74,781 72.78%
No27,96527.22%
These final, certified results are from the Smartvoter.org, California, Los Angeles County elections information.

Polls

See also: Polls, 2010 ballot measures
Date of Poll Pollster Support Oppose Undecided Number polled
October 6-7, 2010 Probolsky Research/Long Beach Post 67.1% 24.6% 8.4% 325

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