Measure A supporters gathered at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, saying the ballot measure was a common-sense effort to boost public safety in the city.
The mayor and four Fresno City Councilmembers stood with medical marijuana users Thursday asking voters to consider a ‘Yes’ vote on Measure A, abc30 reports.
“If it’s done right it can substantially reduce the black market not only in marijuana they would also address your neighborhood drug dealer selling all the toxic poisons that go out in our community right now,” said Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is still against recreational marijuana. But he’s come around when it comes to its value for certain patients. He’s found pot is better than many prescription painkillers. So he wants to tax it and put the money to good use.
“This measure will give us the revenue that we need to add additional police officers that will ultimately allow us to go after the black market- which is those illegal dispensaries plus address the narcotics dealings that are happening in the neighborhoods,” said Chief Dyer.
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On election day, Fresno voters will decide whether or not Cannabis businesses in Fresno should be taxed.
If Measure A passes, marijuana businesses can be taxed at rates of up to $12 per canopy square foot and up to 10 percent of gross receipts for medical dispensaries and other marijuana businesses.