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Cannabis, coyotes on agenda

HUNTINGTON BEACH may ask voters to authorize and tax the sale of cannabis products (Shutterstock).

Cannabis and coyotes top the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council.

After a study session on cannabis business taxation and regulation at 4 p.m., the council will take up at its regular session whether to place a measure on the Nov. 8 election ballot asking voters to allow the sale of recreational and medicinal marijuana in the city, as well as imposing a general sales tax on the sale of such products.

In June, voters narrowly rejected a sales tax on marijuana-derived products, falling just short of the two-thirds required to approve a “special tax.” However, a general tax measure only requires a simple majority.

Also before the council will be whether to submit to voters four charter amendments including changing the offices of city treasurer and city clerk from elected to appointed positions.

The recent attack on a young girl by a coyote on the beach near the city pier has led to proposed revisions in the city’s coyote management plan. Part of that plan includes educating the public on how to discourage coyotes through “hazing” and not leaving food outdoors which might attract those canines.

The council will meet in its chambers at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue) with the public session at 6 p.m.

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