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Los Angeles County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure M
Cannabis Business Tax Measures
City of La Puente

Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 4,017 / 67.99% Yes votes ...... 1,891 / 32.01% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 24 2:18pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (16/16)
Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis |

Shall an ordinance be adopted to require a Cannabis Business to pay an annual business license tax in the amount of 10% per $1,000 of gross receipts to provide for general municipal services, such as law enforcement and fire services, animal control, code enforcement, building inspection, plan checks, planning and public works?

Official Sources of Information

Impartial Analysis from RICK OLIVAREZ
City Attorney
If adopted, Measure M (Cannabis Business Tax) would amend Title V (Business Regulation and Licenses) of La Puente's Municipal Code to add 5.07 and would establish a new business license tax category of "Cannabis Business" at a tax rate of ten percent (10%) per $1,000.00 of gross receipts from the businesses' activity in La Puente.

If approved, the City will collect a tax on the gross receipts from businesses engaged in distribution of marijuana for recreational and non-medicinal purposes, in the event that Proposition 19, a statewide initiative, also known as "The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010", is passed and adopted by the voters of the State of California on November 2, 2010. The new Chapter
5.07 will only take effect if Proposition 19 passes. No business license will be issued under the new Chapter 5.07 until and unless the City Council adopts or enacts regulations that allow the establishment and operation of Cannabis Businesses, as defined in Chapter 5.07.

The proposed Cannabis Business license tax is a general tax and the City can use the tax revenue for any legal municipal purpose. The revenues derived from this tax will be placed in the City's general fund for the usual expenses and for providing essential City services, including but not limited to law enforcement, code enforcement, building inspection, plan checks, planning, and public works.

The California Constitution, Article XIII(C), Section 2(b) requires that the electorate approve a general tax by a majority vote before the City can establish the new tax rates for cannabis businesses.

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City of La Puente
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