The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Aug. 9 to put a measure before voters this November that would impose a business tax on cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas once they are allowed to open.
Currently, cannabis businesses are not permitted in unincorporated LA County; However, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion in February directing the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Cannabis Management to implement a cannabis licensing program in unincorporated areas, according to LACounty.gov.
The proposed measure will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot and will require a majority vote to pass. If passed, it would set a 4% tax “for gross receipts for retail operations, 3% for manufacturing and distribution, $4 per square foot for mixed light cultivation, and $7 per square foot for indoor cultivation” on cannabis operations in unincorporated LA county once they are permitted, ABC 7 reported.
According to the news outlet, the county is still developing regulations for a commercial cannabis program in unincorporated areas, which may allow up to 25 retail, 25 delivery, 10 cultivation, 10 manufacturing, 10 distribution, and 10 testing licenses.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on proposed regulations sometime next year, ABC 7 reported.