Information on Cannabis Regulation


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Latest Update: August 24, 2018

At its meetings on June 19 and July 31, the City Council of Half Moon Bay approved placing five measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot, addressing various aspects of potential commercial cannabis business activity in Half Moon Bay. 

August 24, 2018 through September 2, 2018 is the ten (10) calendar day examination period required by Elections Code Section 9295 with respect to any rebuttal arguments. Voters may examine the ballot measure, the impartial analysis, the argument for the measure, and the argument against the measure, for each measure, in the City Clerk’s Office at 501 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during such period.

As provided by Elections Code section 9295, during the 10-calendar-day public examination period, any voter of the City or the City Clerk could seek a writ of mandate or an injunction from the San Mateo County Superior Court requiring any of the materials, including arguments, to be amended or deleted. A writ of mandate or an injunction would be issued upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Elections Code.

Please see this City of Half Moon Bay 2018 Guide to Filing Measure Arguments for more information.

Following, for each measure, are the ballot question, the impartial analysis, argument for, and argument against. 

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Measure GG

Shall the measure, an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial, greenhouse nursery cultivation of immature cannabis plants on existing greenhouse sites in the City’s A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District for cannabis nurseries that receive a license from the City Council and comply with specified standards, be adopted?

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Measure EE

Advisory vote only: Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial, greenhouse cultivation of mature cannabis plants on existing greenhouse sites in the City’s A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District?

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Measure SS

Advisory vote only: Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products at up to two locations within the City?

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Measure MM

Advisory vote only: Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial manufacturing of cannabis products on sites in the City’s IND (Industrial) Zoning District and/or on existing greenhouse sites in the City’s A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District?

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Measure AA

Shall an ordinance be adopted to tax any cannabis business operating within the City at annual rates not to exceed $2.00 to $10.00 per square foot for cultivation (inflation adjustable), and 6% of gross receipts for retail, 2.5% for testing, 3% for distribution, and 4% for manufacturing, levied until repealed, estimated to raise at least approximately $64,000 annually from deliveries and potentially more if other businesses are allowed, to fund general City services and expenses?

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In the Voter Information Guide, sent out to all registered voters toward the beginning of October, each measure will have a ballot question, an impartial analysis, and arguments/rebuttal arguments for and against the measure.

Written Arguments in Favor or Arguments Against these measures may be filed by:

  • A bona fide association of citizens
  • Any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure
  • Any combination of these voters and associations

Please see this City of Half Moon Bay 2018 Guide to Filing Measure Arguments for more details about submitting measure arguments.

Deadlines for submitting arguments for the November 6, 2018 election are:

  • August 13, 2018 for Arguments in Favor and Arguments Against (DEADLINE PASSED)
  • August 23, 2018 for Rebuttal Arguments

Questions may be directed to Jessica Blair, Half Moon Bay City Clerk, 650-726-8271 or at jblair@hmbcity.com.