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2020 California Election Results

Over the last seven years, the California Cannabis Industry Association has been proud to support the creation and implementation of a well-regulated legal cannabis industry in the state, one that prioritizes safety, promotes entrepreneurship, and benefits communities as a whole. This year, there are over 25 local ballot initiatives statewide dealing with cannabis, all of which have the potential to influence the success and viability of California’s cannabis industry moving forward.

One of the biggest challenges currently facing California’s cannabis industry is a lack of local authorization. Only roughly 35% of California municipalities have any regulations regarding commercial retail cannabis, whether medicinal or adult use, which results in a defacto prohibition in nearly ⅔ of the state! This undermines the legal market and forces people to purchase from the unregulated market.

CCIA is in support of any initiative that overturns an existing commercial cannabis ban, or otherwise expands legal commercial cannabis opportunities in a local jurisdiction.

Another major burden facing the regulated industry statewide is overtaxation. With state and local taxes compiled, some jurisdictions consumers are paying upwards of over 40%.

Such high tax rates not only encourage consumers to purchase cannabis goods through the illicit market, it also forces the industry to prioritize conducting business in cities that have reasonable taxes.

Thus, CCIA is concerned about any ballot measure that effectively stifles industry growth by imposing burdensome local tax rates. Though expanding the areas in which commercial cannabis businesses can operate is appreciated, onerous local tax rates may undermine potential success and viability for emerging cannabis businesses.

This year, CCIA is proud to partner again with Fyllo | CannaRegs to bring you our 2020 Cannabis Ballot Initiative Tracker. See below for a comprehensive list of measures on the ballot across California, and the final results of each.

California 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures
NOTE: All results are currently tentative, and will be updated daily until all votes are reported. Results noted with an asterisk are subject to change. (Last update 11/19/20)


Jurisdiction Measure Title Result
Artesia Measure Q - Tax on Cannabis and Hemp Businesses Pass
Banning Measure L - Cannabis Distribution Tax Measure Pass*
Benecia Measure D - The City of Benecia 2020 Cannabis Retail Advisory Measure Pass
Calabasas Measure C - General Cannabis Tax Pass
Calaveras County Measure G - Cannabis Activities Tax Pass
Commerce Measures SB, CO, SC, AE, RD, and RS - Approving Development Agreements with Cannabis Businesses All Fail*
Costa Mesa Measure Q - Retail Cannabis Tax and Regulation Measure Pass
Encinitas Measure H - Authorizing Commercial Cannabis Activities Too Close to Call
Fairfeild Measure C - Cannabis Business Tax Pass
Hawthorne Measure CC - General Cannabis Business Tax. Pass
Jurupa Valley Measure U - Cannabis Regulation Too Close to Call
King City Measure P - Commercial Cannabis Tax Amendment Pass
La Habra Measure W - Cannabis Business Tax Regulation Pass
Laguna Woods Measure V - Advisory Measure on Marijuana Dispensaries Too Close to Call
Lemon Grove Measure J - General Cannabis Business Tax Pass
Madera Measure R - Cannabis Business Tax Pass
Marina Measure Z - Commerical Cannabis Businesses Pass
Marysville Measure N - Establishment of a Tax on Cannabis and Hemp Business Pass
Mount Shasta Measure L - Regulation of Industrial Cannabis Fail*
Oceanside Measure M - Cannabis Business Tax Pass
Ojai Measure G - Cannabis General Tax Measure Pass
Pomona Measure PM - Pomona Regulate Cananbis Act of 2018 Pass*
Pomona Measure PO - Commercial Cannabis Businesses and Commercial Cannabis Permit Program Overlay
District Ordinances
Porterville Measure R - Imposing a Cannabis Business Tax Pass
San Bruno Measure S - Imposing A Cannabis Business Tax Pass
San Joaquin County Measure X - Imposing a Cannabis Business Tax Pass*
Solana Beach Measure S - Initiative to Repeal Current Prohibitions Entirely and Allow Commercial Cannabis (Marijuana) Retailers in Non-Residential Zones and Marijuana Deliveries and Certain Cultivation in all Zones Fail
Sonoma Measure X - Cannabis Tax Pass
Sonoma Measure Y - Commercial Cannabis Activity Initiative Fail
Tracy Measure W - Imposing a Tax on Commercial Cannabis Activities Pass
Trinity County Measure G - Commercial Cannabis Tax Pass
Vacaville Measure V - Cannabis Business Tax Pass
Ventura Measure I - Cannabis and Hemp Tax Pass
Ventura County Measure O - Adoption Of Ordinance To Allow Commercial Cultivation, Processing, Distribution And Sale Of Cannabis Pass
Weed Measure B - Regulating the Commercial Growth of Cannabis Pass
Yountville Measure T - Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Retail Businesses Fail*

CannaRegs unifies and automates cannabis regulatory research at the federal, state and local level, with more than 4,300 sources across 1,350 jurisdictions in 16 states, making it easier to keep pace with compliance and category growth.

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