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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Palm Desert
Measure Q - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,918 votes yes (76.56%)

4,261 votes no (23.44%)

100% of precincts reporting (16/16).

18,179 ballots counted.

General Tax on Cannabis Businesses Until Ended by Voters
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To improve general City services, such as police/emergency response, parks, youth/senior services, and street repair, shall the City of Palm Desert enact a general tax on cannabis businesses of up to $20 per square foot for cultivation; up to 3% of gross receipts for cannabis manufacturing; and up to 15% of gross receipts for cannabis retail sales and delivery; generating u to $5,430,000 annually for unrestricted general revenue purposes, until ended by voters?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Palm Desert

Measure Q was placed on the ballot by the Palm Desert City Council and, if approved by a majority of Palm Desert voters, will amend the Municipal Code to impose a tax on cannabis businesses operating within the City. Measure Q is a tax measure only. It does not amend the City's existing cannabis regulations or authorize new or additional types of cannabis businesses to operate in the City.

If approved, Measure Q would impose a maximum tax rate on cannabis businesses of up to twenty dollars ($20) per square foot for cannabis cultivation; up to three percent (3%) of gross receipts for cannabis manufacturing; and up to fifteen percent (15%) of gross receipts for cannabis retail sales and delivery. Measure Q authorizes the City Council to set the actual tax rates, provided that the rates do not exceed the voter-approved maximum rates set by Measure Q.

Measure Q would be a "general tax". All revenue from this tax would be used for any unrestricted general revenue purposes including general City operations and services, including police enforcement, emergency response, parks, youth and senior services, and street repair. Pursuant to State Law, a "general tax" requires approval by a majority of the City's voters voting at an election.

The City currently allows the following cannabis business types: retail/dispensary, manufacturing, cultivation, delivery, distribution, and testing and research. If approved, Measure Q would impose a tax on all cannabis businesses currently operating in the City. The tax would also apply to any other cannabis businesses that may be allowed in the future by amendments to State law or the Palm Desert Municipal Code. As noted above, Measure Q would not change or expand the number or types of cannabis businesses currently allowed in the City. If approved, Measure Q is anticipated to raise approximately $5,430,000 annually.

A "yes" vote on Measure Q will approve the cannabis business tax.

A "no" vote on Measure Q will not approve the cannabis business tax.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Q. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk's office at (760) 346-0611 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

/s/       Robert Hargreaves, City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

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— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENTS FILED IN FAVOR OR AGAINST MEASURE “Q"

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
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