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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Carson
Measure KK - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


19,835 votes yes (64.38%)

10,972 votes no (35.62%)

100% of precincts reporting (56/56).

If a future Carson City Council or if voters of Carson through another ballot measure permit cannabis business activities, shall an ordinance establishing a cannabis tax of $25 per square foot of space utilized for cultivation and 18% of gross proceeds (adjusted annually on July 1 based on CPI) apply on all cannabis related business activities in Carson with annual revenues ranging from $500,000 to $3.5 million for Carson, with no sunset clause, be approved?

What is this proposal?

Pros & Cons — Unbiased explanation with arguments for and against

Information provided by Pros/Cons — League of Women Voters of California

Supporters say

If, in the future, cannabis business activities are permitted in the City of Carson

by either a future Carson City Council or the voters of Carson through a future

ballot measure, the current City Council desires that an 18% gross proceeds tax

and a $25 per sq. ft. of space utilized for cultivation be in place.

Carson is known as a drug free city and we have encouraged our youth to lead

drug free lives. Although we cannot control what future Councils will do, it is

important for us to discourage purchasing marijuana among price-sensitive

groups, minimize the volume of illicit market sales and reduce the availability of

high potency marijuana products in our city.

A YES vote would also ensure that if a future Council approves cannabis

(marijuana)-related business activities, the tax revenue generated from these

activities would go to the City’s general fund to support public safety, programs

for youth, seniors, veterans and the disabled. This tax could only be changed by

the voters of Carson.

We must maintain local control over all cannabis (marijuana)-related business

activities in our city. Remember, the children of Carson are our future and we

owe it to them to implement rules and regulations to make sure that Carson

remains a drug free city.

We urge your YES vote in Favor of Taxing Cannabis (Marijuana)-Related

Business Activities.




Mayor Pro Tem





Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure KK, if passed by the voters, imposes taxes on cannabis (marijuana)

business activities in the City of Carson. Measure KK does not authorize or

permit cannabis business activities. Rather, if a future Carson City Council or if

voters of Carson by a future ballot measure authorize or permit cannabis

business activities in the City of Carson, Measure KK will impose taxes on those

cannabis business activities. Measure KK was placed on the ballot by the Carson

City Council.

A maximum tax rate of eighteen cents for each $1.00 of monthly business

proceeds of cannabis business activities is imposed. This tax is not a sales tax.

This tax is imposed on cannabis operations that include retail or wholesale

distribution, cultivation, manufacture, transportation (including delivery), or

testing of cannabis.

A maximum tax of twenty-five dollars ($25) per square foot for space utilized

annually for cannabis cultivation area is imposed. The cultivation tax is adjusted

annually based on the Consumer Price Index to keep pace with inflation.

These taxes are estimated to annually collect $500,000 to $3,500,000 or more in

potential revenue for the City of Carson. The revenue generated from these

taxes will be deposited into the City’s general fund. Historically, one of the

largest expenditures from the general fund is contracting for law enforcement

services provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Other typical

expenditures include youth and senior programs, street and sidewalk repair,

staffing parks, graffiti removal, construction and maintenance of public parks

and facilities, City recreational and park programs, the stroke center and City

special events.

Regulations are established for administration of the tax collection, including

enforcement, penalties and refunds. The City may promulgate further

regulations to implement and administer Measure KK to ensure the efficient and

timely collection of the taxes imposed. There is no sunset clause on the taxes. All

of the regulations established by Measure KK may be amended or repealed by

future City Council action, except for the maximum tax rates may only be

increased with voter approval.

A “Yes” vote means you support taxing cannabis (marijuana) business activities

in the City of Carson. A “No” vote means you oppose taxing cannabis

(marijuana) business activities in the City of Carson. This measure will take

effect only if a majority of those voting on this ballot measure cast a “Yes” vote at the November General Election.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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