San Jose Marijuana Tax, Measure U (November 2010)

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A City of San Jose Marijuana Tax, Measure U was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of San Jose in Santa Clara County.[1] It was approved.

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.

Election results

  • Yes: 184,305 (78.33%) Approveda
  • No: 50,992 (21.67%)

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."[2]


The Silicon Valley Chapter of Americans for Safe Access opposed Measure U, saying that it is "unfair, unjust, and unacceptable to tax medicine."[3]

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."[4]

The website Vote No U, says this tax could place an over 30% tax on medical cannabis[5]

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?[6]

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