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Yes. In early 2022, the City conducted a survey of community opinions on various cannabis policy options. At its May 2, 2022 meeting, the City Council heard a presentation of the community survey results as well as a review of policy options. Currently, City Staff is preparing a draft commercial cannabis ordinance for City Council consideration this fall.
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If approved by Healdsburg voters, Measure M would implement a tax on all cannabis sold in Healdsburg should the sale of cannabis become legal. This ballot measure does not legalize the sale of cannabis in Healdsburg; that decision would be made by the City Council. Rather, this measure, if approved, ensures that the assessment is already in place if and when cannabis sales do become legal, allowing the City to collect these funds immediately upon legalization. A YES vote on the November 8th measure supports taxing cannabis sales if they become legal in the City of Healdsburg. A NO vote rejects taxing cannabis sales in the City of Healdsburg.
“Shall the measure establishing a City of Healdsburg cannabis business tax at annual rates up to and not to exceed 8% of gross receipts for cannabis businesses, and estimated to generate approximately $500,000 annually in tax revenue until ended by voters, to be spent for unrestricted general revenue purposes, including police, fire and emergency services, parks, affordable housing, and street maintenance, be adopted?”
No, this ballot measure does not legalize the sale of cannabis in Healdsburg. That decision would be made by the City Council.
However, the City Council’s adopted goals for 2021 included reviewing policy options for development of an ordinance governing commercial cannabis operations within the city. This measure ensures that an assessment is already in place if cannabis sales do become legal, allowing the City to collect funds immediately upon legalization.
It is estimated that, if cannabis sales become legal in the City, this measure could generate approximately half a million dollars annually to the City’s General Fund.
Funds generated by the proposed cannabis tax would be placed into the City’s General Fund and could be used for any general municipal purpose, including supporting fund public safety, parks, affordable housing, street repairs, upgrading and renovating City facilities, maintaining City programs, and wildfire prevention efforts.
This tax would be collected only after the City Council legalizes cannabis sales; once that happens, the assessment will be collected when cannabis goods are bought or sold and paid at the time of the transaction.
All voters living within Healdsburg city limits who are registered to vote by October 24 will be eligible to vote on this ballot measure.
This measure requires a simple majority (50% + 1 vote) of votes cast to be Yes votes to pass.
If voters approve this measure and the Healdsburg City Council takes action to legalize cannabis sales within city limits, the cannabis tax would be in place until ended by voters.
For more information, visit: www.healdsburg.gov or contact City Clerk Raina Allan by email email@example.com or via phone at 707-431-3316.