Voters in Jurupa Valley apparently said “no” to recreational marijuana, election results posted Wednesday morning, June 6, show.
Voters weighed in on two competing ballot measures, and on both measures favored keeping the anti-marijuana status quo.
One was Measure A, which if passed would require officials to let marijuana businesses operate in the city’s manufacturing-service commercial zone, as long as the enterprises met basic requirements. That measure was falling far short of passage with only 42 percent of voters supporting it and 100 percent of precincts reporting.
The other was the Jurupa Valley City Council-sponsored Measure B, which would continue a ban on marijuana businesses. That measure passed with more than 57 percent of the vote.
If both measures were to have passed, whichever one received more votes would become law.
Jason Thompson, an attorney with Newport Beach-based Thompson Advocacy, promoted Measure A.
“We’re hoping to replace the city’s failed prohibition with a regulated, taxable local marijuana marketplace that is actually sensible,” Thompson has said.
Thompson has said six or seven dispensaries would be allowed under Measure A, depending on where they’re located. And he said their presence would drive out illegal dispensaries because people would prefer to buy from legal shops, knowing they post security guards and are safer places.
The city has been shutting down illegal dispensaries. Councilman Verne Lauritzen has said there usually are about 12 operating illegally at any given time.
Jurupa Valley also is home to a church that uses marijuana in its worship. City officials contend the religious organization is a front for selling pot.
City officials disagree with the notion that opening the door to legal marijuana stores would make the city safer.
“There isn’t anything positive for a community and its quality of life with the proliferation of drug dispensing throughout the city,” Lauritzen has said.
Representatives of campaigns for and against recreational marijuana in Jurupa Valley didn’t immediately return phone calls Tuesday night.
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