Sonoma County Voters Set to Vote on Marijuana Business Tax
In less than three weeks, Sonoma County residents will vote on a cannabis business tax that would help cover the cost of implementing new regulations on recreational pot. Measure A is the only countywide initiative on the ballot for the special election March 7 and many of the votes have already been cast by mail.
The tax would generate $6.3 million annually from cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas, according to county officials. If it doesn’t pass, they say they’ll have to abandon plans to begin accepting commercial pot permit applications in July.
Despite county officials’ insistence that the tax is vital, many marijuana growers and advocates have called the measure excessive and unwise.
“Once again our industry has to make the choice between progress and what feels like financial extortion,” said Tawnie Logan, executive director of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance. Her organization opposed Proposition 64 because of its tax provisions.
You can read about the specifics of the measure and the opposition to it here.