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Yolo County Approves Marijuana Tax

Capital Public Radio / File

Capital Public Radio / File

By Allen Young

When it comes to regulating cannabis, the Yolo County board of supervisors has moved cautiously. While other local governments have begun permitting all types of marijuana businesses, Yolo only allows cultivation of medical marijuana.

But on Tuesday, voters approved Measure K, a tax on all types of cannabis businesses. Supervisor Don Saylor says the measure opens the door for greater regulation of cannabis.

“Yolo County is an agricultural mecca, so every crop grows well here,” Saylor said. “Measure K is a milestone in moving Yolo County ahead to the place where we can be sure the cannabis industry pays its fair share.”

The tax only affects the unincorporated areas of Yolo County, not the cities of Davis or West Sacramento. A

Saylar said voters’ approval of a 2016 state measure to legalize recreational cannabis with a 60 percent vote margin let the board know that Yolo County are ready to welcome the cannabis industry.

Proceeds from the taxes may be spent on enforcement of illegal cultivation and substance abuse treatment. The measure had no organized opposition.

The excise tax would be 4 percent on cannabis cultivation grown in the unincorporated county and 5 percent on commercial cannabis products.

The decision on expenditures will be guided by a citizen oversight committee appointed by the board of supervisors.

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