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County Voters to Decide in November If Marijuana Businesses Should Pay Taxes

PoliticsCounty Voters to Decide in November If Marijuana Businesses Should Pay Taxes

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a proposal to place a marijuana business tax on the November ballot.

Supervisors will discuss the exact wording of the measure at an August meeting. If passed by voters, the tax would affect marijuana businesses in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Supervisors Joel Anderson, Nathan Fletcher, Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas voted yes on a second reading of the ordinance, which in turn places the marijuana tax proposal on the ballot. Supervisor Jim Desmond voted no.

Earlier this month, the board voted 3-1 – with Desmond also opposed – to take an early step toward placing a marijuana tax proposal on the ballot. The board approved a draft resolution calling for a 75-word ballot question, and arguments for and against the measure, along with a fiscal impact.

The county allows five local marijuana operations to operate –  three in Ramona and one each in unincorporated areas bordering El Cajon and Escondido.

– City News Service

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