As the Vice Mayor and your Councilmember, I want to ensure that you are aware of Measure MA, the local marijuana tax. I brought this proposal to the City Council to place the question in front of the voters. The City Council voted unanimously to place Measure MA on the ballot.
Measure MA does not approve the sale of medical or recreational marijuana. However, if voters approve both medical and recreational marijuana in this upcoming election, the city will need significant resources to regulate marijuana sales. Measure MA will cover the city’s $12 million annual public safety, public health, and regulation costs of marijuana sales.
Measure MA is a gross receipts tax on the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. It taxes the cultivation, process, testing, distribution and sales of marijuana. Only those that use marijuana and the industry would be taxed.
It places a sales tax of 6% to 8% on the sale of medical marijuana and 8% to 12% on the sale of recreational marijuana. It also taxes the cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana in our city borders. If Measure MA is approved by the voters, the taxes will be used for such services as public safety, regulation of the marijuana industry and homeless assistance programs.
Please find out more about Measure MA before you cast your ballot. You can learn more about the measure at: www.longbeach.gov/MA
Vice Mayor Rex Richardson