UPDATE 12:20 a.m.: Voters Reject Measure D, Pass Measure C In Calaveras County
On Election Day Calaveras County voters had their say on two local ballot measures related to marijuana.
Voters in the rural county rejected Measure D which would've regulated where to grow marijuana and how to grow it legally. But they passed Measure C a tax on the local cannabis industry.
Proponents of the local marijuana tax say the funds will boost local law enforcement's effort to eradicate illicit marijuana grows in Calaveras County.
Calaveras County voters will decide on two marijuana measures that have the county up in arms.
Voters are deciding on Measure C and Measure D. Measure C would impose a large tax on commercial cannabis growers and retail medicinal or legal storefronts, collectives or dispensaries. And Measure D regulates where to grow marijuana and how to grow it legally. If this is passed, it would make room in the county for legal commercial pot farmers to apply for permits to grow within county limits.
Calaveras resident Dave Clark is voting yes on D.
"I voted for measure D only because I don't use marijuana myself but it seems like you can't stop it from going forward," Clark says. "We might as well control and tax it and keep it done in a proper way. That's the way I look at it."
Chris Leatherman is voting no.
"I don’t want government hands on marijuana," he says. "It’s not up to them. It’s up to us."