Southern California

Nov. 6 election: Pomona voters decide whether to tax marijuana businesses

Legal cannabis operators are coming to Pomona, so voters on Tuesday have to decide whether those businesses should be taxed.

Measure PC would establish a tax rate of up to 6 percent of gross receipts for all commercial cannabis/marijuana activities and $10 per square foot for cultivation. It is expected to generate between $400,000 to $500,000 annually for the city.

The City Council has spent the last several months crafting an ordinance to regulate cannabis operations to generate much-needed revenues for the city’s coffers as well as creating resources to crack down on illegal shops. The city banned commercial marijuana operations in late 2017.

According to a recent survey, there’s a majority support for the measure.

In July, the city commissioned a survey asking residents a series of questions, including whether they sense a need for additional funding in Pomona. Residents were surveyed in English and Spanish by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, an independent public opinion firm based in Los Angeles.

A total of 63 percent of the residents believed it was accurate, or somewhat accurate for the city to tax marijuana businesses to fund city services.