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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Long Beach
Measure MA - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


103,086 votes yes (68.25%)

47,955 votes no (31.75%)

100% of precincts reporting (262/262).

To fund public safety, 9-1-1 emergency response, police officers, homelessness, and general City services, shall Long Beach update gross receipts tax rates between 6-8% for medical marijuana dispensaries, 8-12% for nonmedical marijuana dispensaries, 6-8% for processing, distributing, transporting or testing marijuana/related products and a square foot tax between $12-15 for marijuana cultivation, raising approximately $13 million annually, requiring annual expenditure reports, until ended by voters?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

yes vote on this proposition is a vote to approve the updated medical and non-medical (i.e., recreational) marijuana business license tax rates if such businesses are legalized.

NO vote means

no” vote is a vote treject these tax rates.


City Attorney Charles Parkin

Voter approval of Measure MA would amend the Long Beach Municipal Code to update the Citys business license tax on medical and non-medical marijuana businesses, if such businesses should be legalized. This is a general tax that must be approved by a majority of voters. Revenues from the tax would be deposited in the City’s general fund to pay for general City services, such as public safety, 9-1-1 emergency response, police officers and homeless assistance programs.

Currently, Long Beach has a tax on medical and non-medical marijuana (i.e., recreational) businesses which was approved by voters in 2014. It established a maximum 10% gross receipts tax and a maximum $50 per square foot cultivation tax. This tax currently covers marijuana dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers, testers and distributors.

A marijuana related voter-petition initiative measure is also on this ballot (Long Beach Measure MM), which would reduce the City’s maximum gross receipts tax rate from 10% to 6%, and limit collection of this tax to retail marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana manufacturers, testers and distributors (who do no retail) would pay no gross receipts taxonly the minimum $1,000 annual tax. Measure MM would also reduce the cultivation tax to a maximum of $10 per square foot.

Measure MA was placed on the ballot by the City Council as a competing measure in order to propose alternative marijuana tax rates to those in Measure MM. Measure MA, if approved, would update these tax rates to:

-     Six  to  eight  percent  (6-8%)  of  gross  receipts  for  medical  marijuana dispensaries;

-     Eight  to  twelve  percent  (8-12%)  of  gross  receipts  for  non-medical (i.e., recreational) marijuana dispensaries;

-     Six to eight percent (6-8%) of gross receipts for processing, distributing, transporting or testing marijuana and marijuana-related products; and

-     Twelve to fifteen dollars ($12-15) per square foot for marijuana cultivation.

All marijuana businesses would still be required to pay a minimum tax of one- thousand dollars ($1,000.00) annually. The taxes set by Measure MA could be increased or decreased, within the established ranges, by the City Council provided the maximum rates listed above are not exceeded.

Measure MA would require annual expenditure reports by the City Manager and is estimated to raise approximately $13 million annually in general fund revenue.


To be adopted, Measure MA must be approved by a majority of eligible Long Beach voters, and must also receive a higher number of affirmative votes than Long Beach Measure MM. This Measure MA conflicts and competes with the taxes set forth in Section 2 of Measure MM. It does not conflict with any of the other medical marijuana regulations of Measure MM.

A yes vote on this proposition is a vote to approve the updated medical and non-medical (i.e., recreational) marijuana business license tax rates if such businesses are legalized. A no” vote is a vote to reject these tax rates.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure MA. If you desire a copy of the Measure, please call the city Clerk's office at (562) 570-6101 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.




Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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Proposed legislation



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