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City of Needles Marijuana Business Tax, Measure S (November 2012)
Measure S allowed the city to impose a "tax at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts on marijuana businesses" in Needles. It will be up to the Needles City Council to set the exact tax rate, as long as they do not go over 10%. Measure S also requires an audit of the finances of the existing dispensaries in the city.
- Final certified results from the San Bernardino County elections office.
Supporters of Measure S included Linda Kidd. Kidd is a member of the Needles City Council. She signed the ballot argument in favor of Measure S, saying, "We don't have any ordinance on our books right now to issue them a business license that we would issue to any other business in the city."
Paul Chabot, an opponent of medical marijuana, disagrees with the idea of cities taxing medical marijuana, which is illegal under federal law even in California. He says, "This sends the wrong message. If adults can't say 'no,' how can kids say 'no' to this?." Chabot is the president of the Coalition for a Drug Free California.
- Resolution authorizing Measure S
- Argument in favor of Measure V (No argument opposing Measure V was submitted for the official voter guide)