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Sacramento County officials to vote on marijuana tax initiative

More than five years after recreational marijuana became legal in California, Sacramento County could soon see its first dispensaries open in unincorporated areas, but there are many hurdles to overcome before that happens. Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Notoli said Sacramento and Isleton are the only cities in Sacramento County that allow commercial marijuana. Currently, it is not allowed in areas of the county outside the city limits. But the Board of Supervisors is about to make the first move that could leave the decision up to voters. Notoli said the council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to place an initiative on the November ballot that would tax hemp and cannabis businesses. Nottoli told KCRA 3 if the board decides to put the initiative on the ballot and if it garners more than 50 percent of the vote, it could open the door to eventually allowing cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County.” board of supervisors to come back at a future date, after the election, to then discuss which of these activities we would actually like to allow and how they might allow and regulate these activities,” Nottoli said. Even if the board approves dispensaries in unincorporated areas in the future, Nottoli said cities in Sacramento County can still decide whether or not they want dispensaries in their communities.Many in the cannabis industry, including Khemia Manufacturing CEO Mindy Galloway, said that dispensaries are opened outside the city limits will increase the convenience for cannabis customers. Galloway added that having more options will promote the use of safer products.” from buying from the unregulated market to the legalized market,” Galloway said. to have more retail storefronts available and open,” Galloway said. The Sacramento Board of Supervisors encourages the public to make their voices heard on this issue by participating in public comment. It can be done in person, over the phone or via email. If voters approve the tax in November, the proceeds will go into the County’s General Fund, to be used however the Board of Supervisors decides.

More than five years after recreational marijuana became legal in California, Sacramento County could soon see its first dispensaries open in unincorporated areas, but there are many hurdles to overcome before that happens.

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Notoli said Sacramento and Isleton are the only cities in Sacramento County that allow commercial marijuana. Currently, it is not allowed in areas of the county outside the city limits. But the Board of Supervisors is about to make the first move that could leave the decision up to voters.

Nottoli said the board will vote Tuesday on whether or not to place the initiative on the November ballot which would tax hemp and hemp business activities. Nottoli told KCRA 3 if the board decides to put the initiative on the ballot and if it garners more than 50 percent of the vote, it could open the door to allowing cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated parts of Sacramento County.

“It would allow the board of supervisors to come back at a future date, after the election, to discuss, if any, of those activities that we would actually like to allow and how those activities might go about being licensed and regulated,” Nottoli said.

Even if the council approves dispensaries in unincorporated areas in the future, Nottoli said cities in Sacramento County can still decide whether they want dispensaries in their communities or not.

Many in the cannabis industry, including Khemia Manufacturing CEO Mindy Galloway, said opening dispensaries outside city limits would increase convenience for cannabis customers. Galloway added that having more options would promote the use of safer products.

“The whole goal is to get people off the markets from the unregulated market to the legalized market,” Galloway said. “I’m very much in favor of opening a lot of different retail stores.”

Galloway said the fact that the Board of Supervisors is debating a business tax on marijuana — to then approve more dispensaries — shows how far cannabis has come.

“I’m very excited about the possibility of more retail storefronts being available and open,” Galloway said.

The Sacramento Board of Supervisors encourages the public to make their voices heard on this issue by participating in public comment. It can be done in person, over the phone or via email.

If voters approve the tax in November, the proceeds will go into the County’s General Fund, to be used however the Board of Supervisors decides.

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