Huntington Beach

Cannabis sales tax considered

THE IDEA of putting on tax on the sale of cannabis products before voters is on the agenda for the March 1 agenda of the Huntington Beach City Council

A ballot measure may be presented to Huntington Beach voters in June regarding a cannabis business tax, to be discussed at the March 1 city council meeting.

Councilmembers Rhonda Bolton and Dan Kalmick stated in a letter to the council that there have been petitions from community members pushing to allow retail cannabis sales. “The first step is placing a Special Tax measure on the ballot for the June primary thus allowing our residents to weigh in on whether they want Cannabis legally taxed in Huntington Beach,” Bolton and Kalmick wrote.

In order for the special tax to pass, two-thirds of Huntington Beach’s residents must vote in favor. Additionally, the council will deliberate where the tax should be put towards, including public safety, education and homelessness.

The council will also be discussing a collaboration with Newport Beach in order to hold a memorial for Officer Nicholas Vella. Vella was killed in a helicopter accident on Feb. 20, which was on its way to help the Newport Beach police. An organized memorial near the crash site will be considered.

The city council meeting will take place in the council chambers at 6 p.m. on March 1, and will also be accessible via live webinar on the city’s website. The meeting will also be open for public comments.


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