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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Update on Commercial Cannabis: Council Discussion on June 19

UPDATE June 14, 2018 - Following up on action from its June 5 meeting, the City Council will receive a fiscal analysis on commercial cannabis taxation options, and provide staff direction on a number of November ballot measures, at its June 19 meeting.

UPDATE June 14, 2018

Fiscal Analysis, Consideration of Ballot Measures for Potential Commercial Cannabis Businesses on June 19 City Council Agenda 

The community is invited to attend the June 19 City Council meeting and join the ongoing discussion of potential commercial cannabis business activity in Half Moon Bay. The meeting begins at 7 pm, at Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue.

At this meeting, the City Council will receive a consultant's report on the potential revenues and other fiscal issues related to taxation options for possible commercial cannabis businesses in Half Moon Bay. Potential revenues under a number of different scenarios/assumptions
will be presented.

The City Council will also discuss and provide direction on preparation of a cannabis business tax measure for its subsequent approval, which would then be placed on the November ballot, as well as advisory measures related to other commercial cannabis business activity.

This is a follow up to the June 5 Council meeting at which staff was directed to return to Council with draft elections resolutions that would:

  • Place the draft Cannabis Nursery Ordinance on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voters to decide whether it should be adopted
  • Place advisory measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voter input regarding other commercial cannabis activities of full cultivation, retail sales, and manufacturing
  • Place a Commercial Cannabis Tax measure on the November 6, 2018 ballot


Updates and background information are online at www.hmbcity.com/cannabis.


PREVIOUS UPDATE:

June 6, 2018


Update: City Council's June 5 Discussion on Draft Cannabis Nursery Ordinance


At its meeting of June 5, 2018, the City Council considered a draft Cannabis Nursery Ordinance that would license and regulate limited commercial greenhouse cultivation of immature, non-flowering cannabis nursery plants, on limited sites in Half Moon Bay.

Nearly two hours of discussion included comments from over 50 community members, who expressed a wide variety of perspectives and diverse input.

After the discussion, the City Council’s direction to staff was to:

  • Place the draft Cannabis Nursery Ordinance on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voters to decide whether it should be adopted
  • Place advisory measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voter input regarding other commercial cannabis issues of full cultivation, retail sales, and manufacturing
  • Place a Commercial Cannabis Tax measure the November 6, 2018 ballot

A fiscal analysis and draft tax measure, along with a “white paper” on the commercial cannabis issue (prepared by the International City/County Management Association) will be brought to the City Council and public for discussion in the coming months.

Background information and updates on this issue are online at www.hmbcity.com/cannabis.

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