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MOUNTAIN VIEW

Title:  Mountain View: Council continues marijuana sales ban, for now

Author: Mercury News

Date: 25 January 2018

URL: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/25/mountain-view-council-continues-marijuana-sales-ban-for-now/

Extract: 

At the Mountain View City Council’s Jan. 16 meeting, Councilmember Ken Rosenberg asked Chief of Police Max Bosel to come to the dais.

“Chief, if I ordered some marijuana and a man came here with the package, would he be arrested?,” Rosenberg asked.

“Yes,” Bosel replied. “You should cancel your order.”

That got a good laugh, but for the council it was serious business. Every council member agreed that marijuana, which is now legal in California for recreational and medical use, is being delivered in the city.

That despite the city’s moratorium on marijuana sales, which was due to expire on Jan. 19.

The moratorium was declared to give city staff more time to craft regulations for sales of marijuana in the city and to prepare a ballot initiative seeking voter approval for pot sales.

 

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE CITY COUNCIL & EL DORADO COUNTY

Title:  County and City vote to extend temporary bans on sales of cannabis

Author: South Tahoe Now

Date: 24 January 2018

URL: https://southtahoenow.com/story/01/24/2018/county-and-city-vote-extend-temporary-bans-sales-cannabis

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On Tuesday both the South Lake Tahoe City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to extend their ban on commercial sales of cannabis as they work out the rules and regulations for their jurisdictions.

The ban on sales in South Lake Tahoe was set to expire on January 25, 2018, and without an extension or ordinance in place, anyone could have applied for a license to sell with the State of California.

With an extension, the 15-member community committee can finish their recommendations and send to the City Attorney, and then to the Planning Commission and City Council to vote on. While the moratorium could last an additional 10 months and 15 days, the Council expects to have an approved ordinance by mid-May, 2018. Per Government Code the Council could not extend the moratorium for any lesser amount, but with a four-fifths vote they can rescind the moratorium when their ordinance is ready.

“I wish we didn’t have to deal with a ten-plus month moratorium,” said City Councilmember Austin Sass. “Council wants to get this done ASAP.”

“We want it done right, but sooner rather than later,” added Councilmember Brooke Laine.

 

YOLO COUNTY

Title:  Yolo County readies new medical marijuana tax for June ballot

Author: Sacramento Bee

Date: 23 January 2018

URL: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article196285814.html

Extract: 

Yolo County supervisors voted Tuesday to put a proposed medical marijuana tax on the June 5 ballot, indicating support from board members who previously were at odds with the cannabis industry.

The proposal would put a 4 percent tax on the gross receipts of marijuana grown in the county and sold to manufacturers and dispensaries. That tax eventually would increase to five percent. A 5 percent tax also would be placed on cannabis products manufactured in the county.

Cultivation is the primary cannabis business in Yolo County, which has 68 permitted grows. The county only allows farmers to grow medical marijuana, and has not approved any dispensaries in the unincorporated area.