Voters in dozens of cities and counties throughout the state of California approved municipal measures November 3, licensing marijuana-related businesses in their communities.
California law legalizes licensed retail cannabis production and sales, however, localities can enact municipal measures banning commercial activities.
The election results will expand much-needed access in a state still deeply mired in local bans. A 2020 economic study found that an estimated 75 percent of California cities and counties have imposed local bans – depriving the state of significant revenue.
‘Benefits of legal cannabis’
“It’s great to see California voters continuing to see the benefits of legal cannabis businesses in their cities and counties,” said Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of California NORML.
“Legal businesses bring in sales taxes, payroll taxes, jobs, and economic stimulus while reducing crime and providing safe, tested products to consumers.”
Overall, voters decided on 38 measures in 36 cities or counties. Most of the measures were passed by voters.
According to data provided by California NORML, there have been over 200 ballot measures addressing cannabis in local elections in the past decade; some 90 percent of them have passed.
For more information, visit California NORML.