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Marijuana Tax Ballot Measure To Go Before City Council, Despite Committee Opposition

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Even though a Sacramento City Council Committee voted against sending a recreational marijuana tax ballot measure to the full council, the full body will hear the item anyway.

Council members Angelique Ashby and Jeff Harris requested the item be heard, even though councilmen Jay Schenirer, Rick Jennings, and Eric Guerra voted against the item at the council's Law and Legislation Committee meeting on Tuesday.

If the public were to approve the ballot measure, the city could tax recreational marijuana from 4 to 10 percent if the drug were to become legal statewide.

The city's finance department says taxing marijuana could be a key component of balancing future budgets - especially considering a looming retiree benefits spike that the city says will put it in debt.

If the full council does not put the measure on the ballot, a recreational marijuana tax would be capped at 4 percent, which is what dispensaries are taxed now.

The full council will hear the item July 19.