Ballot Measures on Cannabis Regulation

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.

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

These materials are provided for informational purposes and should not be construed in support of or against any ballot measure.

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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and 6% of gross receipts for retail, 2.5% for testing, 3% for distribution, and 4% for manufacturing, levied until repealed, estimated to raise at least approximately $64,000 annually from deliveries and potentially more if other businesses are allowed, to fund general City services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?