- Election Date
- Nov 8, 2022
Shall the measure to establish a business tax on every licensed cannabis business (including adult-use nonmedicinal cannabis retailers, distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, laboratory testing, or any other licensed cannabis business) and retailers of products containing psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp, up to 10% of gross receipts on cannabis and/or hemp-derived psychoactive products sold in the City, which all together could generate an estimated $3-5 million annually until repealed, be adopted?
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Text of Measure
Chapter 6.204 CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX
6.204.010 Title and Purpose.
(a) This Chapter shall be known as the “Cannabis Business Tax.”
(b) The purpose of this Chapter is to adopt a business license tax, for general revenue purposes, pursuant to Sections 37101 and 37100.5 of the California Government Code, upon commercial cannabis businesses that engage in business in the City of Santa Monica. The Cannabis Business Tax is levied based upon business gross receipts. It is not a sales and use tax, a tax upon income, or a tax upon real property.
(c) The Cannabis Business Tax is a general tax enacted solely for general governmental purposes of the City and not for specific purposes. All of the revenue received by the City from the tax imposed by this Chapter shall be placed into the City’s general fund.
The intent of this Chapter is to impose a business license tax applicable to Cannabis Businesses that operate in the City of Santa Monica, regardless of whether such business would have been legal at the time this Chapter was adopted. Nothing in this Ordinance shall be interpreted to authorize or permit any business activity that would not otherwise be legal or permissible under laws applicable to the activity at the time the activity is undertaken.
The following words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth below, which shall govern the application and interpretation of this Chapter.
(a) “Adult-use Non-Medicinal” means the use of Cannabis or Cannabis products by individuals twenty-one (21) years of age and older without the need for a physician’s recommendation or prescription.
(b) “Business” shall include all activities engaged in or caused to be engaged in within the City, including any commercial or industrial enterprise, trade, profession, occupation, vocation, or livelihood, whether or not carried on for gain or profit, but shall not include the services rendered by an employee to their employer.
(c) “Business License Tax” refers to the “Business License Fee” or business license tax set forth in Chapters 6.04, 6.08, and 6.12 of the Code.
(d) “Cannabis” means all parts of the Cannabis sativa Linnaeus, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin, whether crude or purified, extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin. "Cannabis" also means the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from Cannabis. Cannabis does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination. For the purpose of this Chapter, Cannabis shall also include “industrial hemp” or “hemp” products or products containing psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp.
(e) “Cannabis Business” means any commercial activity involving Cannabis, including but not limited to cultivating, transporting, distributing, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, storing, packaging, delivering, testing, dispensing, retailing and wholesaling of Cannabis or Cannabis products, whether or not carried on for gain or profit.
(f) “Cannabis Business Tax” or “Tax” means the tax due pursuant to this Chapter 6.204 for operating a Cannabis Business in Santa Monica or otherwise engaging in commercial Cannabis activity within in the City.
(g) “Cannabis product” means raw Cannabis that has been transformed into a concentrate, an edible product, or a topical product. It also means marijuana products as defined by Section 11018.1 of the California Health and Safety Code and is not limited to medical Cannabis products.
(h) "Canopy" means all areas occupied by any portion of a cannabis plant whether contiguous or noncontiguous on any one site. When plants occupy multiple horizontal planes (as when plants are placed on shelving above other plants) each plane shall be counted as a separate canopy area.
(i) “City” means the City of Santa Monica.
(j) “Code” means the Santa Monica Municipal Code.
(k) “Cultivation” means any commercial activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, or trimming of Cannabis and includes, but is not limited to, the operation of a nursery.
(l) “Delivery” means the commercial transfer of Cannabis or Cannabis products to a customer. “Delivery” also includes the use by a retailer of any technology platform owned and controlled by the retailer.
(m) "Director” means the Director of Finance for the City of Santa Monica or the Director of Finance’s designee(s).
(n) “Distribution” means the procurement, sale, and transport of Cannabis and Cannabis products between persons engaged in commercial Cannabis activity.
(o) "Employee" means each and every person engaged in the operation or conduct of any business, whether as owner, member of the owner's family, partner, associate, agent, manager or solicitor, and each and every other person employed or working in such business for a wage, salary, commission, barter or any other form of compensation.
(p) “Engaged in business” means the commencing, conducting, operating, managing, or carrying on of a Cannabis Business, whether done as an owner, or by means of an officer, agent, manager, employee, or otherwise, whether operating from a fixed location in the City or coming into the City from an outside location to engage in such activities. A person shall be deemed engaged in business if any of the following apply:
(1) Such person or person’s employee maintains a fixed place of business within the City for the benefit or partial benefit of such person;
(2) Such person or person’s employee owns or leases real property within the City for business purposes;
(3) Such person or person’s employee regularly maintains a stock of tangible personal property in the City for sale in the ordinary course of business;
(4) Such person or person’s employee regularly conducts solicitation of business within the City; or
(5) Such person or person’s employee performs work or renders services in the City.
(6) The foregoing specified activities shall not be a limitation on the meaning of “engaged in business”.
(q) “Evidence of doing business” means evidence such as, without limitation, use of signs, circulars, cards or any other advertising media, including the use of internet or telephone solicitation, or representation to a government agency or to the public that such person is engaged in business in the City for the purpose of operating a Cannabis Business.
(r) "Gross receipts" shall include the total of amounts actually received or receivable from all sales and the total of amounts actually received or receivable for the performance of any act or service, of whatever nature it may be, for which a charge is made or credit allowed, whether or not such act or service is done as a part of or in connection with the sale of materials, goods, wares, or merchandise. Included in "gross receipts" shall be all receipts, cash, credits and property of any kind or nature, without any deduction therefrom on account of the cost of the property sold, the cost of the materials used, labor or service costs, interest paid or payable, or losses, or other expense whatsoever. Excluded from "gross receipts" shall be the following:
(1) Cash discounts allowed and taken on sales;
(2) Any tax required by law to be included in or added to the purchase price and collected from the consumer or purchaser;
(3) Such part of the sale price of property returned by purchasers upon rescission of the contract of sale as is refunded either in cash or by credit;
(4) Whenever there are included within the gross receipts amounts which reflect sales for which credit is extended and such amount proved uncollectible in a subsequent year, those amounts may be excluded from the gross receipts in the year they prove to be uncollectible; provided, however, if the whole or portion of such amounts excluded as uncollectible are subsequently collected they shall be included in the amount of gross receipts for the period when they are recovered; and
(5) Receipts of refundable deposits, except that such deposits when forfeited and taken into income of the business shall not be excluded.
(s) “Industrial Hemp” or “Hemp” means an agricultural product, whether growing or not, that is limited to types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant as defined in Section 81000 of the State Food & Agricultural Code or Section 11018.5 of the State Health & Safety Code.
(t) “Manufacturer” means a person that conducts the production, propagation, compounding, blending, extracting, infusing, or otherwise causes to be prepared a Cannabis product. A person engaged in light manufacturing is a Manufacturer for purposes of this Chapter 6.204.
(u) “Marijuana” means Cannabis, as that term is defined in this Chapter 6.204.
(v) “Medicinal Use” means the use of Cannabis or Cannabis products pursuant to a physician’s recommendation or prescription to treat a medical condition.
(w) "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, limited liability company, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit, whether organized as a nonprofit or for-profit entity, and includes the plural as well as the singular number.
(x) “Sale” means any sale, exchange, or barter or other transaction for any consideration.
(y) “State” means the State of California.
(z) "Testing Laboratory" means a Cannabis Business that: (i) offers or performs tests of Cannabis or Cannabis products; (ii) offers no service other than such tests; (iii) sells no products, excepting only testing supplies and materials; (iv) is accredited by an accrediting body that is independent from all other persons involved in the cannabis industry in the state; and (v) is registered with the State Department of Public Health.
6.204.040 Tax Imposed.
(a) Upon the effective date of this Chapter there is established and imposed upon each person who is engaged in business as a Cannabis Business an annual Cannabis Business Tax at the rates set forth in this Chapter. Such Tax is payable regardless of whether the business has been issued a permit and is operating lawfully in the City, or is operating unlawfully. The City’s acceptance of payment of the Cannabis Business Tax required herein from a Cannabis Business operating unlawfully in the City shall not constitute the City’s approval or consent to such unlawful operations.
(b) Adult-Use Non-Medicinal Cannabis Retailers. The Cannabis Business Tax upon every person who engages in business as a retailer of Adult-use Non-Medicinal Cannabis or Adult-use Non-Medicinal Cannabis products shall be at the tax rate of three-percent (3%) of the gross receipts derived from the retail sale of Adult-use Non-Medicinal Cannabis or Adult-use Non-Medicinal Cannabis products. Such tax rate may increase or decrease by resolution adopted by the City Council but shall not exceed the maximum tax rate of ten percent (10%) without voter approval.
(c) Medicinal Cannabis Retailers. The Cannabis Business Tax upon every person who engages in business as a retailer of Medicinal Cannabis or Medicinal Cannabis products shall be at the tax rate of two-percent (2%) of the gross receipts derived from the retail sale of Medicinal Cannabis or Medicinal Cannabis products. Such tax rate may increase or decrease by resolution adopted by the City Council but shall not exceed the maximum tax rate of ten percent (10%) without voter approval.
(d) Distribution, Manufacturing, Cultivation, or Laboratory Testing. The Cannabis Business Tax upon every person who engages in business and where such business primarily involves the distribution, or the manufacturing, or the cultivation, or laboratory testing of Cannabis or Cannabis products, shall be at the tax rate of one-percent (1%) of the gross receipts derived from such distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, or laboratory testing of Cannabis or Cannabis products. Such tax rate may increase or decrease by resolution adopted by the City Council but shall not exceed the maximum tax rate of 10 percent (10%) without voter approval.
The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to personal Cannabis cultivation as defined in the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. This Chapter shall not apply to personal use of Cannabis that is specifically exempted from state licensing requirements, that meets the definition of personal use or equivalent terminology under state law, and for which the individual receives no compensation whatsoever related to that personal use.
6.204.060 Reporting and Remittance of Tax.
The Cannabis Business Tax established under this Chapter shall be imposed and payable on an annual basis, and shall be subject to arrears, and collected by the Director in a manner consistent with the following:
(a) Each Cannabis Business shall, on or before June 30th of each fiscal year, prepare and submit a tax statement on the form prescribed by the Director and remit to the Director the Cannabis Business Tax due.
(b) Tax statements and payments for all outstanding Cannabis Business Tax owed to the City are immediately due and payable to the Director upon the cessation of a Cannabis Business.
(c) The Director may, at his or her discretion, establish shorter reporting and payment periods for any taxpayer as the Director reasonably deems necessary to ensure collection of the Tax.
6.204.070 Penalties, Interest, and Delinquent Date
(a) Any person who fails or refuses to pay any Cannabis Business Tax required to be paid pursuant to this Chapter on or before the due date shall pay penalties as follows:
(1) A penalty of twenty percent of the Cannabis Business Tax due, in addition to the amount of the Tax, who fail to pay the Cannabis Business Tax prior to September 1st (“Delinquent Date”).
(2) An additional penalty of ten percent of the Cannabis Business Tax due shall be added for each month or portion thereof that said Tax remains unpaid after the Delinquent Date. In no case, however, shall the penalty exceed one hundred percent of the original Cannabis Business Tax due.
(b) To the extent permitted by law, the Director may establish rules and regulations that establish an applicable interest rate. The Director of Finance shall have the power to reduce or waive any penalty or interest applicable under this Chapter so long as such reduction or waiver is in writing and in compliance with any City-issued rules or regulations concerning this Chapter. Any request for reduction or waiver of any penalty or interest assessed pursuant to this Chapter shall be made in writing no later than thirty days following the assessment of such penalty or interest.
(c) Whenever a check or electronic payment is submitted in payment of a Cannabis Business Tax and the payment is subsequently returned unpaid by the bank, the taxpayer will be liable for the Tax amount due plus any fees, penalties, and interest as provided for in this Chapter, and any other amount allowed under State law.
6.204.080 Administration of the Tax.
(a) It shall be the duty of the Director to collect the taxes, penalties, interest, and fees provided for herein, and to perform the duties required by this Chapter.
(b) For purposes of the administration and enforcement of this Chapter, the Director may from time to time promulgate such administrative interpretations, rules, and procedures consistent with the purpose, intent, and express terms of this Chapter as he or she deems reasonably necessary to implement or clarify such provisions or aid in enforcement, including but not limited to:
(1) Provided to all Cannabis Business taxpayers forms for the reporting of the Tax;
(2) Provide information to any taxpayer concerning the provisions of this Chapter;
(3) Receive and record all taxes remitted to the City as provided in this Chapter;
(4) Maintain records of taxpayer reports and taxes collected pursuant to this Chapter;
(5) Assess penalties and interest to taxpayers pursuant to this Chapter;
(6) Determine amounts owed and enforce collection pursuant to this Chapter; and
(7) Identify a designee of the Director for any section of this Chapter referring to the Director.
(c) The Director may as a courtesy send a tax notice to the Cannabis Business. However, the Director is not required to send a delinquency or other notice or bill to any person subject to the provisions of this Chapter. Failure to send such notice or bill shall not affect the validity of any tax or penalty due under the provisions of this Chapter.
6.204.090 Right of Appeal.
The procedure for challenging a Business License Tax, as provided in Chapter 6.16 of the Code, shall apply to the Cannabis Business Tax established by this Chapter. Subject to the limitations provided in Chapter 6.16, any appeal relating to a Cannabis Business Tax must be taken within the time and manner set forth in Chapter 6.16.
6.204.100 Constitutionality and Legality.
This Tax is intended to be applied in a manner consistent with the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of California and California law. None of the tax provided for by this Chapter shall be applied in a manner that causes an undue burden upon interstate commerce, a violation of the equal protection or the due process clauses of the Constitutions of the United States or California, or a violation of any other provision of California law. If a person believes that the Cannabis Business Tax, as applied to him or her, is impermissible under applicable law, he or she may request that the Director release him or her from the obligation to pay the impermissible portion of the Tax.
If a Cannabis Business subject to the tax required under this Chapter is operating both within and outside the City, it is the intent of the City to apply the Cannabis Business Tax so that the measure of the Tax fairly reflects the proportion of the taxed activity actually carried on in the City. To the extent federal or State law requires that any tax due from any taxpayer be apportioned, the taxpayer may indicate said apportionment on his or her tax return. The Director may promulgate administrative procedures for apportionment as he or she finds reasonably useful or necessary.
6.204.120 Audit and Examination of Records and Equipment.
(a) For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of Cannabis Business Tax owed, or verifying any representations made by any taxpayer to the City in support of his or her tax calculation, the Director shall have the power to inspect any location where commercial Cannabis activity occurs and to audit and examine all books and records (including, but not limited to bookkeeping records, State and federal income tax returns, and other records relating to the gross receipts of the business) of persons engaged in Cannabis Business. In conducting such investigation, the Director shall have the power to inspect any equipment, such as computers or point of sale machines, that may contain such records.
(b) It shall be the duty of every person liable for the collection and payment to the City of any tax imposed by this Chapter to keep and preserve, for a period of at least five (5) years, all records as may be necessary to determine the amount of such tax as he or she may have been liable for the collection of and payment to the City, which records the Director shall have the right to inspect at all reasonable times.
6.204.130 Payment of Tax Does not Authorize Unlawful Business.
(a) The payment of a Cannabis Business Tax required by this Chapter, and its acceptance by the City, shall not entitle any person to carry on any Cannabis Business unless the person has complied with all of the requirements of this Code and all other applicable State laws.
(b) No Tax paid under the provisions of this Chapter shall be construed as authorizing the conduct or continuance of any illegal or unlawful business, or any business in violation of any local or State law.
6.204.140 Other Licenses, Permits, Taxes, Fees, or Charges.
(a) Nothing contained in this Chapter shall be deemed to repeal, amend, be in lieu of, replace or in any way affect any requirements for any permit or license required by, under or by virtue of any other provision of this Code or any other ordinance or resolution of the City Council, nor be deemed to repeal, amend, be in lieu of, replace or in any way affect any tax, fee, or other charge imposed, assessed or required by, under or by virtue of any other provision of this Code or any other ordinance or resolution of the City Council. Any references made or contained in any other Chapter of this Code to any licenses, license taxes, fees, or charges, or to any schedule of license fees, shall be deemed to refer to the licenses, license taxes, fees or charges, or schedule of license fees, provided for in other Chapter of this Code.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this Section, a Business subject to the Cannabis Business Tax shall not be required to pay the Business License Tax required by Section 6.12.010 of Chapter 6.12 of this Code, solely with respect to business activities that are subject to the Cannabis Business Tax. A Business that engages in activities that are subject to the Cannabis Business Tax and activities that are not subject to the Cannabis Business Tax must: (1) obtain business licenses for each location or business activity as provided in Chapter 6.04 of the Code; and (2) pay the Business License Tax, as applicable, to the activities that are not subject to the Cannabis Business Tax.
6.204.150 Deficiency Determinations.
(a) If the Director is not satisfied with the return or returns of Cannabis Business Taxes, or the amount of the taxes paid to the City by any person, the Director may compute and determine the amount required to be paid upon the basis of the facts contained in the return or returns or upon the basis of any information within the Director’s possession or that may come into the Director’s possession. One or more deficiency determinations may be made of the amount due for one or more than one period. The amount of each deficiency determination is immediately due and payable. Each determination shall become final and delinquent one calendar month after notice thereof as herein provided. The Director shall give written notice of a deficiency determination to each person against whom a determination is made. The notice may be served personally, electronically, or by US mail. In case of service by mail of any notice required by this Chapter, the service is complete at the time of deposit in the mail.
(b) If any person fails or refuses to make, within the time provided in this Chapter, any return or payment of said tax or any portion thereof required by this Chapter, or makes a fraudulent return or otherwise willfully attempts to evade this Chapter, the Director shall proceed in such manner as he or she may deem best to obtain facts and information on which to estimate the taxes due. As soon as the Director procures facts and information upon which to base the assessment of any tax imposed by this Chapter, the Director shall determine and assess against such person the taxes, interest and penalties provided for by this Chapter. When such a determination is made, the Director shall give written notice of the amount so assessed. Such determination and notice shall be made and mailed within three years after discovery by the Director of any fraud, intent to evade, or failure to file a return. The amount of each deficiency determination is immediately due and payable. Any determination shall become final and delinquent one calendar month after notice thereof as herein provided.
(c) If the Director believes that the collection of any Cannabis Business Tax will be jeopardized by delay, or if any determination will be jeopardized by delay, the Director shall thereupon make a determination of the taxes due. The amount determined is immediately due and payable. If the amount specified in the determination is not paid within ten (10) days after service of notice thereof upon the person against whom the determination is made, the amount becomes final and delinquent, and the delinquency penalty or penalties and the interest provided in Section 6.204.070 shall attach to the amount of the taxes, unless a petition for redetermination is filed within the ten (10) days.
(a) Any person directly interested may request a redetermination within one calendar month after service of notice thereof. If a request for redetermination is not filed within the applicable period, the determination becomes final and delinquent at the expiration of the period.
(b) If a request for redetermination is made within the applicable period, the Director shall reconsider the determination, and, if the person has so requested in their petition, shall grant the person an oral hearing and shall give the person ten days’ notice of the time and place of the hearing. The Director may continue the hearing from time to time as may be necessary.
(c) The Director may decrease or increase the amount of the determination before it becomes final but the amount may be increased only if a claim for the increase is asserted by the Director at or before the hearing.
(d) The decision of the Director upon a petition for redetermination becomes final and delinquent fifteen days after service upon the petitioner of notice thereof.
6.204.170 Failure to Report; Nonpayment; Fraud.
(a) Under any of the following circumstances, the Director may make and give notice of an assessment of the amount of tax owed by a person under this Chapter at any time:
(1) If the person has not filed a complete statement required under Section 6.204.060;
(2) If the person has not paid the Cannabis Business Tax due under the provisions of this Chapter;
(3) If the person has not, after notice from the Director, filed a corrected statement, or furnished to the Director adequate substantiation of the information contained in a statement already filed, or paid any additional amount of tax due under the provisions of this Chapter; or
(4) If the Director determines that the nonpayment of any Cannabis Business Tax is due to fraud, a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount of the Tax shall be added thereto in addition to penalties and interest otherwise stated in this Chapter and other penalties allowed by law.
(b) The notice of assessment shall separately set forth the amount of any tax known by the Director to be due or estimated by the Director, after consideration of all information within the Director’s knowledge concerning the business and activities of the person assessed, to be due under each applicable section of this Chapter and shall include the amount of any penalties or interest accrued on each amount to the date of the notice of assessment.
6.204.180 Tax Assessment; Notice Requirements.
The notice of tax assessment in Section 6.204.170 shall be served upon the person either by personal delivery, or by a deposit of the notice in the United States mail, postage prepaid thereon, addressed to the person at the address of the location of the business or to such other address as he or she shall register with the City for the purpose of receiving notice under this Chapter; or, should the person have no address registered with the Director for such purpose, then to such person’s last known address. For the purposes of this Section, service by mail shall be deemed to have occurred at the time of deposit in the mail.
(a) Whenever the amount of any Cannabis Business Tax, penalty, or interest has been overpaid, paid more than once, or has been erroneously or illegally collected or received by the City under this Chapter, it may be refunded to the claimant who paid the tax provided that a written claim for refund is filed with the Director within one year of when the payment was made, and all applicable provisions of this Chapter are satisfied.
(b) The Director shall have the right to examine and audit all the books and business records of the claimant for a refund under this Chapter, in order to determine the eligibility of the claimant to the claimed refund. No claim for refund shall be allowed if the claimant refuses to allow such examination of claimant's books and business records after request by the Director to do so. In the event that the Cannabis Business Tax was erroneously paid and the error is attributable to the City, the City shall refund the amount of tax erroneously paid up to one year from when the error was identified.
6.204.200 Conviction for Violation; Taxes not Waived.
The conviction and punishment of any person for failure to pay the required Cannabis Business Tax shall not excuse or exempt such person from any civil action for the Tax debt unpaid at the time of such conviction. No civil action shall prevent a criminal prosecution for any violation of the provisions of this Chapter or of any State law requiring the payment of all taxes.
6.204.210 Violation Deemed Misdemeanor.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
6.204.220 Remedies Cumulative and Not Exclusive.
remedies and penalties prescribed by this Chapter, or which are available under
any other provision of the Santa Monica Municipal Code and any other provision
of law or equity, are cumulative. The use of one or more remedies by the City
shall not bar the use of any other remedy for the purpose of enforcing the
provisions of this Chapter.
Adult-use recreational cannabis is not legal in the City of Santa Monica and this proposed measure would not change that. However, it is expected that there will be licensed medicinal cannabis businesses operating in the City in 2022 that would not be subject to a cannabis specific tax. Instead, these businesses would only be subject to the City’s standard business license tax and other generally applicable municipal taxes.
This measure would impose a general tax of up to 10% of gross receipts on all licensed cannabis businesses operating within the City of Santa Monica with the revenue from the tax to be used for general municipal purposes. The measure would establish a tax on gross receipts of various types of licensed cannabis businesses at the following initial rates: (a) 3% for adult-use non-medicinal cannabis retailers; (b) 2% for medicinal cannabis retailers; and (c) 1% for other types of licensed cannabis businesses such as those primarily involved in distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, or laboratory testing. These initial cannabis business tax rates would take effect should the measure be passed by Santa Monica voters. These initial rates, however, can be subsequently decreased or increased by the City Council, but can never exceed a maximum rate of 10% without voter approval.
It is estimated that the proposed cannabis tax could yield $3-5 million annually in general fund revenue, if and when, adult-use recreational cannabis becomes legal in the City. However this revenue would not be realized by the City in the near term, instead it is estimated that the City would receive this revenue in the next 12-18 months as more cannabis businesses become licensed to operate in the City.
This measure does not authorize or legalize commercial nonmedicinal cannabis activities in the City of Santa Monica. Nor does it authorize the conduct or continuance of any unlawful business currently operating in the City. Furthermore, personal uses of cannabis not subject to state licensing requirements and for which an individual receives no compensation related to their personal use are exempted from this measure.
The Santa Monica City Council placed this measure on the ballot. A “yes” vote supports the addition of Chapter 6.204 to the Santa Monica Municipal Code to establish a commercial cannabis business tax; and a “no” vote opposes the addition of Chapter 6.204 to the Santa Monica Municipal Code. A majority vote (i.e., more than 50% of the votes cast) is required to pass the measure.
DOUGLAS T. SLOAN, City Attorney
Argument in Favor
VOTE YES on Measure HMP to keep cannabis tax dollars here in Santa Monica!
YES on Measure HMP ensures that future cannabis businesses pay their fair share to secure a safe and clean environment, making Santa Monica a great place to live, work, and visit.
Measure HMP is paid ONLY by cannabis businesses to help maintain essential services including:
- Public safety initiatives to support our Santa Monica police and fire departments
- New effective direct intervention services for people experiencing homelessness
- Youth drug prevention programs
- All basic City services
We need Measure HMP! Currently, Santa Monica is a decade behind our neighboring cities in permitting and regulating cannabis-related businesses. Passage of Measure HMP will establish a framework for allowing cannabis-related businesses to operate legally and responsibly in Santa Monica. Upon passage, Council will implement a rigorous selection process to ensure that only the safest, most compliant, and proven cannabis operators are selected to operate in our city.
Santa Monica loses millions of dollars in cannabis taxes to dispensaries in Los Angeles at the borders of our city. Once approved, this measure is estimated to generate $3.5 million to $5 million dollars in tax revenue that will support services for residents in Santa Monica. By voting Yes on Measure HMP, Santa Monica residents will have convenient access to tested, organic and regulated legal cannabis here in our City where taxes generated will benefit Santa Monica residents.
Santa Monica's non-partisan City Council authored and supports measure HMP.
Oscar de la Torre, Santa Monica City Councilmember
Francisco Franco, Santa Monica Police Officers Association
Armen Melkonians, Civil and Environmental Engineer
Phil Brock, City Council Member
Dominick Bei, President, Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109
An Argument Against was not recieved.
MEDIDA HMP: ¿Deberá adoptarse la medida para establecer un impuesto comercial sobre cada negocio de cannabis con licencia (incluidos los minoristas de cannabis no medicinal para uso de adultos, la distribución, la fabricación, el cultivo, las pruebas de laboratorio o cualquier otro negocio de cannabis con licencia) y los minoristas de productos que contienen cannabinoides psicoactivos, incluyendo los cannabinoides derivados de cáñamo industrial, hasta el 10% de los ingresos brutos de cannabis y/o productos psicoactivos derivados del cáñamo vendidos en la Ciudad, que en conjunto podrían generar un estimado de $3-5 millones anuales hasta que sean derogados?
Texto De Medida
La traducción al español del texto completo de las medidas está pendiente.
El cannabis recreativo para uso de adultos no es legal en la Ciudad de Santa Monica y esta iniciativa de ley propuesta no cambiaría eso. Sin embargo, se espera que haya negocios autorizados de cannabis medicinal que operen en la Ciudad en 2022 que no estén sujetos a un impuesto específico sobre el cannabis. En cambio, estos negocios solo estarían sujetos al impuesto de licencia comercial estándar de la Ciudad y otros impuestos municipales generalmente aplicables.
Esta iniciativa de ley aplicaría un impuesto general de hasta el 10% de los ingresos brutos de todos los negocios de cannabis licenciados que operen dentro de la Ciudad de Santa Monica y las rentas del impuesto se utilizarán para fines municipales generales. La iniciativa de ley establecería un impuesto sobre los ingresos brutos de varios tipos de negocios de cannabis con licencia a las siguientes tasas iniciales: (a) 3% para los minoristas de cannabis no medicinal para uso de adultos; (b) 2% para los minoristas de cannabis medicinal; y (c) 1% para otros tipos de negocios de cannabis con licencia, como los que se dedican principalmente a la distribución, fabricación, cultivo o pruebas de laboratorio. Estas tasas impositivas comerciales iniciales de cannabis entrarían en vigencia si los electores de Santa Monica aprobaran la iniciativa de ley. Estas tasas iniciales, sin embargo, pueden ser disminuidas o aumentadas posteriormente por el Concejo Municipal, pero nunca pueden exceder una tasa máxima del 10% sin la aprobación de los electores.
Se estima que el impuesto al cannabis propuesto podría generar $3-5 millones anuales en rentas del fondo general, siempre y cuando, el uso recreativo de cannabis para adultos se vuelva legal en la Ciudad. Sin embargo, la Ciudad no obtendría estas rentas a corto plazo, sino que se estima que la Ciudad recibiría estas rentas en los próximos 12 a 18 meses a medida que más negocios de cannabis obtienen la licencia para operar en la Ciudad.
Esta iniciativa de ley no autoriza ni legaliza actividades comerciales de cannabis no medicinal en la Ciudad de Santa Monica. Tampoco autoriza la realización o continuación de ningún negocio ilegal que opere actualmente en la Ciudad. Además, los usos personales de cannabis que no están sujetos a los requisitos de licencia estatal y por los cuales una persona no recibe compensación relacionada con su uso personal están exentos de esta iniciativa de ley.
El Concejo Municipal de Santa Monica colocó esta iniciativa de ley en la boleta electoral. Un voto "sí" apoya la adición del Capítulo 6.204 al Código Municipal de Santa Monica para establecer un impuesto comercial al negocio del cannabis; y un voto "no" se opone a la adición del Capítulo 6.204 al Código Municipal de Santa Monica. Se requiere un voto mayoritario (por ej., más del 50% de los votos emitidos) para aprobar la iniciativa de ley.
DOUGLAS T. SLOAN
Argumento A Favor
¡VOTE SÍ en la Iniciativa de Ley HMP para mantener el dinero de los impuestos sobre el cannabis aquí en Santa Monica!
SÍ en la Iniciativa de Ley HMP garantiza que los futuros comercios de cannabis paguen su parte justa para garantizar un entorno seguro y limpio, lo que hace de Santa Monica un excelente lugar para vivir, trabajar y visitar.
La Iniciativa de Ley HMP es pagada ÚNICAMENTE por los
comercios de cannabis para ayudar a mantener servicios
esenciales que incluyen:
• Iniciativas de seguridad pública para apoyar a nuestros departamentos de policía y bomberos de Santa Monica
• Nuevos servicios efectivos de intervención directa para personas sin hogar
• Programas de prevención de drogas para jóvenes
• Todos los servicios básicos de la Ciudad
¡Necesitamos la Iniciativa de Ley HMP! Actualmente, Santa Monica está una década por detrás de nuestras ciudades vecinas en la autorización y regulación de comercios relacionados con el cannabis. La aprobación de la Iniciativa de Ley HMP establecerá un marco para permitir que los comercios relacionados con el cannabis operen de manera legal y responsable en Santa Monica. Una vez aprobada, el Concejo implementará un riguroso proceso de selección para garantizar que solo los operadores de cannabis más seguros, más compatibles y demostrados sean seleccionados para operar en nuestra ciudad.
Santa Monica pierde millones de dólares en impuestos al cannabis en los dispensarios de Los Angeles en las fronteras de nuestra ciudad. Una vez aprobada, se estima que esta iniciativa de ley generará de $3.5 millones a $5 millones de dólares anuales en rentas impositivas que respaldarán los servicios para los residentes de Santa Monica. Al votar Sí en la Iniciativa de Ley HMP, los residentes de Santa Monica tendrán acceso conveniente a cannabis legal probado, orgánico y regulado aquí en nuestra Ciudad, donde los impuestos generados beneficiarán a los residentes de Santa Monica.
El Concejo Municipal no partidista de Santa Monica es autor y apoya la iniciativa de ley HMP.
OSCAR DE LA TORRE
Miembro del Concejo Municipal de Santa Monica
Asociación de Oficiales de Policía de Santa Monica
Ingeniero Civil y Medioambiental
Miembro del Concejo Municipal
Presidente, Bomberos de Santa Monica, Filial 1109