Southern California

Adelanto voters will be asked to OK new marijuana tax

ADELANTO — A new measure to tax commercial cannabis developers will appear on the November ballot.

The cannabis tax — its measure letter was not known as of Friday — will effectively combine two existing taxes on commercial marijuana activities in order to simplify the taxing system, make the levy more defensible and bring it up to par with ever-changing state laws on cannabis.

Voters will be asked to approve a 5 percent tax on gross revenue receipts for all commercial marijuana activities with the exception of cultivation or nurseries, which will be subject to $5-per-square-foot levies.

The City Council approved on Aug. 8 sending the measure to the ballot by 4-1 vote, with Councilman Ed Camargo dissenting, after wrestling over whether to institute a minimum percentage tax.

Ultimately, it was decided to not enact a floor, meaning the tax could fluctuate between 0 to 5 percent, although it will begin at the latter.

 

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