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Rancho Cordova Marijuana Tax, Measure H (November 2010)
|Voting on Marijuana|
|Not on ballot|
Measure H would have imposed a gross receipts tax of 12-15% on marijuana sales if any marijuana stores are allowed to open in Rancho Cordova, which might happen in California Proposition 19 (2010) is approved.
Measure H does not distinguish between marijuana grown for medical purposes and marijuana grown for recreation.
A marijuana farmer who grows marijuana in a 5-foot-by-5-foot growing space will be taxed $15,000, under the terms of Measure H.
Election results are from the Sacramento County elections division as of November 24, 2010.
Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley supported Measure H. He said that there are concerns in the city about problems causes by marijuana cultivation and said it's a quality of life issue: "It just raised the issue for us that, as we comply with state law, we keep on top of quality of life issues."
Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access, decried Measure H as overly prohibitive. He said, "I think that will have the effect of essentially banning legal cultivation. I don't know anyone who is prepared to pay $600 a square foot." Americans for Safe Access is an advocacy group for medical marijuana.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure H: CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX MEASURE. Shall an ordinance be adopted requiring cannabis (marijuana) businesses to pay a tax to fund general municipal services, including police and code enforcement, ranging from $120 to $150 per $1,000 of gross receipts, or $100 per square foot of space for non-profit organizations. The tax would only be effective if Proposition 19, or if any other law allowing cannabis businesses is adopted, and it would only be imposed if the City allows cannabis businesses.|
- Sacramento Bee, "Rancho Cordova asking voters to okay tax on homegrown pot for personal use," August 29, 2010 (dead link)
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