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Cannabis Tax Goes To San Joaquin County Ballot After Supervisors Approve Pot Sales, Cultivation

Capital Public Radio / File

Capital Public Radio / File

San Joaquin County voters will go to the polls in November to decide how to spend tax money generated by commercial cannabis.

The Board of Supervisors approved ordinances to regulate commercial and private marijuana cultivation, all of which must be grown indoors under the rules.

County counsel Mark Myles says the proposed ballot measure determines how the tax money will be used, including on early childhood education, drug prevention, public health and code enforcement.

He says the latest projection has put the annual tax revenue at $3 million, but it will depend upon how many businesses enter the market.

The new ordinance also limits grows; an individual can only cultivate six plants.

Myles says taxes raised will depend on a number of factors: “There have been varying projections,” he said. “It’s really impossible to guess at this point.”

Supervisors are expected to give final adoption to the ordinances on August 7.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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