Grover Beach council backs marijuana tax
July 6, 2016
The Grover Beach City Council plans to place a medical marijuana sales tax on the November ballot. The council is also preparing to reverse its medical marijuana bans and allow cannabis businesses to operate in the city. [KSBY]
In January, amid a statewide rush to adopt medical marijuana regulations, the Grover Beach council passed a cannabis cultivation ban. The city already had an ordinance in place that prohibited brick and mortar medical marijuana dispensaries.
City officials have since changed course and have received four applications for code amendments that would allow a variety of medical marijuana businesses to operate in Grover Beach.
On Tuesday, the council directed staff to plan comprehensive medical marijuana regulations, which will include provisions allowing the sale, transportation and cultivation of cannabis in Grover Beach. The council also directed staff to draft a medical marijuana sales tax initiative.
In order for the tax initiative to appear on the November ballot, the city must adopt an ordinance and submit the ballot measure to San Luis Obispo County by Aug. 12. The council plans to introduce the ordinance at its July 18 meeting and formally approved it on Aug. 1.
California voters may legalize recreational use of marijuana in November.
Last week, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to place a 20 percent marijuana sales tax on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the tax would apply to both the sale of medical and recreational marijuana.
Grover Beach’s medical marijuana regulations are expected to take four to six months to be finalized.