Huntington Beach

“Pot” resolutions on agenda

HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY COUNCIL on Tuesday will vote on resolutions regarding placing cannabis sales on the Nov. 8 ballot (Shutterstock).

Another step toward giving Huntington Beach voters a chance to decide whether to authorize the sale of cannabis products in the city – and to tax them – is on the agenda for the city council’s meeting Tuesday night.

At its last meeting on July 6, the council voted 7-0 to have resolutions calling for the measure to drawn up to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. It’s those resolutions the council will be voting on Tuesday.

Framed as a “general tax,” this would only require a simple majority instead of the two-thirds approval for a “special tax” which voters narrowly rejected in June.

A proposed tax – which has been estimated to put as much as $600,000 annually into the city treasury – would be for 6 percent of gross receipts earned by retailers and up to 1 percent of gross receipts on “all other cannabis business.”

The consumption and sale of marijuana-related products is legal in California, but cities have to option whether to authorize such activities in their communities.

The city council will meet in the council chambers with a study session at 4 p.m., a closed session at 5 p.m. and the regular session at 6 p.m. The chambers are located at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

 

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