Supporters, city leaders rally for Yes on A campaign

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.

Fresno Bee editorial board endorses Measure A

The Yes on Fresno Measure A campaign received a key endorsement today from the Fresno Bee editorial board.

The majority of Fresno voters approved the recreational use of marijuana when they supported Proposition 64 two years ago. Now voters have a chance to take an important next step when they consider Measure A on the November ballot. The Bee urges a yes vote as Measure A is a logical evolution of a local industry that people have already made clear they want.

The editorial contains one significant error where it states, “Measure A would impose taxes on cultivation and sales from medical dispensaries.” That’s only half-true. Measure A would impose a cannabis business license tax on cultivators, retailers, testing labs and other types of state-licensed cannabis businesses. (Read the ordinance.) However, it would not tax medical cannabis sales. Under Prop. 64, medical cannabis patients pay zero state sales tax on their purchases. Measure A is not a sales tax increase affecting Prop. 215 patients or anyone else.

Fresno releases draft cannabis regulations

A Fresno City Council subcommittee outlined rules for commercial cannabis businesses Tuesday that would make way for medicinal storefronts and other pot-related businesses within city limits, Jason Oliveira of abc30 News reported.

Passage of the proposed regulations is contingent on the passage of Measure A, the cannabis business license tax placed on the ballot by the City Council. The city estimates is could generate up to $10 million per year in local tax revenues.

“Cities around the state of California are able to harness that tax revenue and put it into their general fund. Some cities are more successful than others and that’s why we’re taking our time because we want to get this right,” Fresno City Councilmember Clint Olivier told abc30.

Fresno City Council puts cannabis tax on ballot

The Fresno City Council voted to put a cannabis business license tax on the November ballot for city voters, the Fresno Bee reported. The ballot measure will require two-thirds voter approval because 10% of the tax proceeds will be dedicated for special purposes. The council vote was 5-1 in favor of putting the issue to the voters, with Councilmen Steve Brandau opposed and Garry Bredefeld absent.

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