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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Cannabis Ballot Measures on November 6, 2018 Ballot

August 4, 2018 - Five cannabis ballot measures will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot, to address cannabis business tax; cultivation of cannabis “starts;” cultivation of mature cannabis plants; retail sales; and manufacturing of cannabis products.

Updated August 4, 2016 

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.

One measure asks voters to decide whether to adopt 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.

Three other measures are advisory votes, asking for voters’ opinions on the following:

  • Should the City 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?
  • Should the City allow and regulate retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products at up to two locations within Half Moon Bay
  • Should the City 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?

The final measure asks voters to decide whether to adopt a commercial cannabis business tax ordinance, for commercial cannabis business activity, which may include cultivation, retail, testing, and manufacturing if those activities are allowed in the future.  The tax would also apply to deliveries from outside Half Moon Bay.

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
  • 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.

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