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2020 Election: California Local Cannabis Tax Results

Comprehensive results for all 30 cannabis tax related local ballot measures

While everyone in the US is waiting anxiously for the final tallies in the presidential election, there's still some nail biting when it comes to city and county cannabis initiatives around California.

But not much. Almost every local ballot initiative that proposed cannabis specific taxes looks to pass — and by large margins.

The few exceptions are municipalities like Solana Beach and Yountville that opted to continue their bans on cannabis related enterprises. Those attempts to repeal moratoriums did include new taxes as a part of bringing cannabis to the respective communities. But because it required lifting bans, we're considering those apart from straight initiatives.

This is particularly interesting because many other jurisdictions across the state have already enacted cannabis tax measures despite local bans. As of this election, San Bruno looks to be another in that club. In large part, the reason for this is the ruling from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control January 19 of last year allowing delivery into any California jurisdiction, regardless of local bans. Though a lawsuit is well underway filed by the League of California Cities, for now the controversial ruling stands. Given that, many of the cities don't want to miss out on tax revenue, particularly if they don't have local control over the business activity within their borders. So they impose a tax where there are no operating businesses other than extrajudicial delivery.

Additionally, imposing a tax prior to lifting a ban can set the stage for immediate revenue when it does happen.

One of the more notable cases approved in this election is that of Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa is a large city in a densely populated area with fierce competition for cannabis businesses from neighbors like Long Beach. Until now, authorities have only allowed medical non-retail operations within city limits thanks to passage of Measure X in 2016. Voters approved Measure Q in 2020 to allow adult-use retail and delivery businesses along with a new retail tax rate between 4-7%.

In each race, on average, roughly two of three voters approved new or increased cannabis taxes. While this tracks the attitude towards legalization nationwide this really isn't an apples to apples comparison. Constituents that oppose legalization may simply vote for the tax measures because they think they may as well bring in tax revenue if can't uphold the ban.

Below you'll find results for all of the contests we listed in the first part of our election coverage series.

If you're interested in more details about each of the ballot initiatives listed, have a look at our first post in this series where you'll find links to each measure on Ballotpedia.

A final note: Keep in mind that no results are official until certified by December 11 in California.

(California voted on even more general sales tax measures. A list of all of them can be found in the second part of this series. We'll have the results of those contests gathered and posted tomorrow.)

City and County Measure Results

San Buenaventura (Ventura), California, Measure I, Marijuana Businss tax

Yes

33,669

72.63%

No 

12,691

27.37%

Precincts reporting: 88%

Ventura County, California, Measure O, Marijuana Permit Ordinance

Yes

178,792

57.05%

No 

134,597

42.95%

Precincts reporting: 76%

Calaveras, Measure G, Marijuana Tax

Yes

13,797

64.62%

No 

7,555

35.38%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Artesia, California, Measure Q, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

3,365

67.42%

No 

1,626

32.58%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Calabasas, California, Measure C, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

7,129

61.7%

No 

4,426

38.3%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Richmond, California, Measure U, Business Tax

Yes

18,749

73.03%

No 

6,923

26.97%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Hawthorne, California, Measure CC, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

15,670

62.23%

No 

9,510

37.77%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Madera, California, Measure R, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

9,996

67.37%

No 

4,841

32.63%

Precincts reporting: 100%

King City, California, Measure P, Marijuana Tax

Yes

1,215

70.8%

No 

501

29.9%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Marina, California, Measure Z, Marijuana Business Regulation Ordinance

Yes

5,437

72.35%

No 

2,078

27.65%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Yountville, California, Measure T, Marijuana Business Regulations

Yes

502

32.53%

No 

1,041

67.47%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Grass Valley, California, Measure N, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

2,895

60.87%

No 

1,861

39.13%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Costa Mesa, California, Measure Q, Marijuana Tax

Yes

32,676

65.31%

No 

17.353

34.69%

Precincts reporting: 100%

La Habra, California, Measure W, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

17,188

67.63%

No 

8,227

32.37%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Banning, California, Measure L, Marijuana Tax

Yes

4,630

69.38%

No 

2,043

30.62%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Jurupa Valley, California, Measure U, Marijuana Business Regulation Changes and Tax Increase

Yes

9,633

49.33%

No 

9,926

50.67%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Lemon Grove, California, Measure J, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

6,431

72.58%

No 

2,429

27.42%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Oceanside, California, Measure M, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

40,448

63.44%

No 

23,310

36.56%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Solana Beach, California, Measure S, Permit and Regulate Marijuana Businesses and Cultivation Initiative

Yes

2,671

37.18%

No 

4,421

62.82%

Precincts reporting: N/A

San Joaquin County, Measure X, Early Childhood and Youth Services Marijuana Tax

Yes

90,441

66.1%

No 

46,390

33.9%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Tracy, California, Measure W, Marijuana Tax

Yes

12,072

65.5%

No 

6,359

34.5%

Precincts reporting: 100%

San Bruno, California, Measure S, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

8,529

64.1%

No 

4,776

35.9%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Fairfield, California, Measure C, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

25,990

66.25%

No 

13,241

33.75%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Vacaville, California, Measure V, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

25,163

65.34%

No 

13,347

34.66%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Sonoma, California, Measure X, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

4,127

79.33%

No 

1,075

20.67%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Waterford, California, Measure S, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

1,093

59.86%

No 

733

40.14%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Trinity County, California, Measure G, Marijuana Tax

Yes

4,221

70.92%

No 

1,731

29.08%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Porterville, California, Measure R, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

7,534

59.14%

No 

5,205

40.86%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Ojai, California, Measure G, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

2,375

69.85%

No 

1,025

30.15%

Precincts reporting: 88%

Marysville, California, Measure N, Marijuana Business Tax

Yes

1,721

63.41%

No 

993

36.59%

Precincts reporting: N/A

Bonus: General Cannabis Related Initiatives

Mount Shasta, California, Measure L, Marijuana Business Regulations

Yes

608

39.4%

No 

935

60.6%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Laguna Woods, California, Measure V, Marijuana Dispensaries Advisory Question

Yes

6,601

50.88%

No 

6,372

49.12%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Encinitas, California, Measure H, Marijuana Commercial Zoning and Regulation

Yes

16,362

51.17%

No 

15,612

48.83%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Weed, California, Measure B, Marijuana Business Regulations

Yes

458

60.74%

No 

296

39.26%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Benicia, California, Measure D, Marijuana Dispensaries Advisory Question

Yes

7,622

51.26%

No 

7,247

48.74%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Sonoma, California, Measure Y, Marijuana Cultivation Initiative

Yes

2,229

42.81%

No 

2,978

57.19%

Precincts reporting: 100%

Pomona, California, Measure PO, Marijuana Business Regulation Ordinance

Yes

22,424

59.03%

No 

15,566

40.97%

Precincts reporting: 100%

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