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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

City of Costa Mesa
Measure W Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

16,501 votos si (42.1%)

22,695 votos no (57.9%)

100% de distritos activos (66/66).

Shall the ordinance, to allow operation of up to four medical marijuana businesses with: six percent tax on medical marijuana (estimated annual tax revenues $24,000 to $456,000); required industry specific licenses; required operator permits; regulations subject to change by City Council including increasing businesses; precedence to prior businesses; and locations limited to commercial and industrial areas, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” is a vote to adopt an ordinance to allow operation of up to four medical marijuana businesses,including dispensaries, with: six percent tax on medical marijuana (estimated annual tax revenues $24,000 to $456,000); required industry specific licenses; required operator permits; regulations subject to change by City

Council including increasing businesses; precedence to prior businesses; and locations limited to commercial and industrial areas.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” is a vote not to adopt the ordinance proposed by the measure to Allow Operation of up to Four Licensed Medical Marijuana Businesses in the City of Costa Mesa.


No document was submitted.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Orange County Registrar of Voters

Measure W, known as an Initiative ordinance entitled “Allow Operation of up to Four Licensed Medical Marijuana Businesses in the City of Costa Mesa”, would amend the Costa Mesa Municipal Code to authorize up to four medical marijuana businesses in the City. Such businesses would be allowed to engage in cultivation, distribution or transfer of medical marijuana. Each medical marijuana businesses requires a separate license issued by the Chief of Police which remains valid until revoked. Each operator of medical marijuana must have an individual operator’s permit issued by the Chief of Police which must be renewed annually. Certain state licensed health care facilities, hospices and residential care facilities are exempt.

Licenses must be issued if application meet certain conditions, and will be automatically be deemed granted if not granted or denied within 30 days.

Operator permits must be issued if operator permit applicant meets certain conditions, and will automatically be issued if not granted or denied within 15 days. Licenses and permits may be suspended and/or revoked for unlawful distribution of marijuana, failure to follow the provisions of the initiative, of failure to abide by any disciplinary action imposed by an appropriate City official.

Such business are allowed as a matter of right in certain commercial (AP, C1, C2, C1S, TC & PDC) and industrial (MG, MP & PDI) zones, but are not permitted in residential zones. Operation requirements include: one permittee present during hours of operation (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.); no operations abutting residential areas (with exceptions); no operations 1,000 feet from any school, 600 feet from public park, library or licensed child care facility or 1,000 feet from another medical marijuana business; no observable marijuana from outside location; parking lot lighting; and no minors; no purchasing or consumption of alcohol during hours of operation. Violations of the ordinance are punishable as misdemeanors, and may be abated as a public nuisance.

If certain conditions are met, first four applications for a license shall be granted pursuant to “priority registration” status. If less than four applicants qualify for a priority registration, City may continue to issue license until four have been issued. City Council may increase number of licenses available to more than four, but cannot decrease number below four. To further the purposes of the initiative, City Council may amend the initiative provisions.

Repeal of any initiative provisions must be approved by a majority of voters at another city wide election.

Businesses licensed are subject to 6% sales tax; however under current law, a sales tax increase in this amount may cause the State Board of Equalization to terminate its contract to collect the City’s sales tax.

If competing medical marijuana measures appear on the same ballot, then in the event multiple measures pass, and this Measure receives the most affirmative votes, then the competing measure(s) shall be null and void.

This Measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.

Efectos fiscales

No document was submitted.

Tax rate

No document was submitted.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

 No argument in favor of this measure was submitted.
— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

In November, the residents of Costa Mesa will be asked to vote on three measures that would regulate the sale and manufacturing of medical marijuana in the city.

While we originally were proponents of Measure V, which would allow up to eight dispensaries in the city and impose a 6 percent sales tax, we are now supporting the city’s Measure X. We are urging voters to vote no on our Measure V and no on Measure W, which would allow for as many as four dispensaries in Costa Mesa.

We support the city’s Measure X, which we believe will provide dignified and safe access to medical marijuana to individuals seeking such medication. As it’s written, the city’s initiative will be more in line with state law and we agree with the city’s Measure X that medical marijuana operations would be best suited among the industrial and commercial areas of the city.

Please join us in voting no on Measures V and W and yes on the city’s Measure X.

s/ Robert Taft Proponent of Measure V

s/ Randall T. Longwith Drafter of Measure V

s/ Jim Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa


— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument could be submitted

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

No Rebuttal to Con Argument could be submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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