SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Voters in unincorporated Sonoma County on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a business tax on cultivation and sales of medical and non-medical cannabis to fund essential services including roads, public safety, fire services and housing.
The Board of Supervisors placed Measure A on the ballot. It needed majority approval to pass and received 72.4 percent approval. About 78,300 voters cast ballots on the measure.
The tax on outdoor cultivation will be a maximum $10 per square foot, $38 per square foot of indoor cultivation, $22 per square foot of mixed-light cultivation area or a maximum of 10 percent of gross receipts per fiscal year for manufacturers, transporters, distributors, nurseries, testing labs and dispensaries.
The measure initially taxes their gross receipts 5 percent a year. The tax revenue will go in the county’s general fund budget to also offset the marijuana industry’s impacts.