Encinitas advances proposed cannabis business tax ordinance

ENCINITAS — The City Council on April 12 unanimously approved the first reading of a proposed cannabis business tax ordinance, setting up a tax increase on the city’s select cannabis businesses. 

In 2020, voters adopted a citizen’s initiative (Measure H) allowing the retail sale, distribution and manufacturing of recreational cannabis citywide. Nearly two years later, four cannabis businesses were selected for licensure in a lottery pool of more than 200 applicants: Siesta Life Encinitas LLC (1038 S. Coast Highway); SGI Encinitas AP LLC (1030 N. Coast Highway); Humanity Encinitas 4 Inc. (583 S. Coast Highway), and Ecrencinitas4 LLC (211 N. El Camino Real).

Last November, Encinitas voters approved the city-sponsored ballot measure known as the City of Encinitas Cannabis Business Tax Measure, or Measure L, with more than 65% of ballots cast supporting a tax increase on cannabis businesses operating in the city. 


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