UPDATE: With all 15 precincts reporting, Measures A and B in Stanton were both passing by wide margins. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, vote totals as of midnight were:
- Measure A (Cannabis) Yes 1,666 (67 percent), No 822 (33 percent).
- Measure B (Hotel/Motel Tax): Yes 1,585 (63.5 percent), No 910 (36.5 percent).
Early returns are showing two ballot measures in Stanton – one raising the “bed tax” on guests at motels and hotels and another a potential tax on future cannabis businesses – winning by big margins.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday that Measure A, which sets rules and tax rates on marijuana-related cultivation, processing and sales. had 1,323 votes (68.7 percent) yes votes with 604 votes (68.7 percent) against.
In both cases only a simple majority – 50 percent plus one – is needed for passage.
If it ends up winning approval, Measure B will increase the city’s transient occupancy tax from 8 percent to 12 percent, potentially bringing in an additional $250,000 in revenue to the city.
Measure A deals with something not yet approved. Currently, commercial sale of recreational cannabis products are not legal in Stanton. But, if the city council decides to legalize it, attracting a major operator such as “Cookies” in Maywood could bring in as much as $1.4 million annually, a consultant has told the city.
Results will be updated as the registrar releases new figures.