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Notice to City of San Bernardino Voters | Public Information about the 2018 general election ballot measures: Measure W and Measure X

Dear Valued Resident,

We are just days away from another election in our great City of San Bernardino – a chance for registered voters to exercise their most powerful birthright – the right to VOTE. We want to encourage those who qualify to visit a polling center on November 6, 2018 and have your voice heard. To help you prepare to cast your vote, the following letter provides an educational description of the Cannabis Tax Measure (Resolution No. 2018-228), known as Measure W, and the Cannabis Regulatory Measure (Resolution No. 2018-227), known as Measure X. It’s important to note that the information below is not meant to influence a “yes” or “no” vote on either measure. We are simply doing our due diligence to provide information to voters who can make informed decisions on their own.

Background: On November 8, 2016, the voters of California passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which legalized the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products within the State of California. Also on November 8, 2016, the voters of the City of San Bernardino (“City”) adopted Measure O, a local regulatory ordinance for commercial cannabis businesses. Several lawsuits were filed challenging Measure O. On February 28, 2018, the Superior Court entered judgement declaring Measure O invalid. The judgement is currently being appealed. On August 1, 2018, the City Council unanimously approved Measure W and approved Measure X with a 6-1 vote to be placed on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.

Cannabis Tax Measure | Measure W

Measure W proposes a general tax on persons/businesses engaged in legal commercial cannabis activities. Proposed tax rates are:

6% on gross receipts of retail sale

3% on gross receipts of distribution

$10/square foot on space used for indoor cultivation

$7/square foot on space used for mixed-light cultivation

$2/square foot on space used for nursery cultivation

4% on gross receipts of manufacturing, processing non-cultivation, or other

Any revenue generated by the tax will be deposited into the City’s General Fund and allocated for unrestricted general governmental purposes.

Detailed measure information and tax rates can be found here.

If you vote YES on Measure W…

If you vote NO on Measure W…

You are voting to authorize a general commercial cannabis tax at the maximum rates mentioned above and found here.

You are voting against the authorization of a general commercial cannabis tax at the maximum rates mentioned above and found here. 


Cannabis Regulatory Measure | Measure X

Measure X proposes established regulations on the operation of commercial cannabis businesses including: recordkeeping, security measures, restrictions on alcohol and tobacco sales, signage, odor control, and background checks.

Detailed measure information and tax rates can be found here.

If you vote YES on Measure X…

If you vote NO on Measure X…

You are voting for local regulatory ordinance for commercial cannabis businesses.

You are voting against local regulatory ordinance for commercial cannabis businesses.

How to Vote: Here are a few important items to keep in mind. Election Day is November 6, 2018. You can call the Registrar of Voters at 1-800-881-VOTE or go online at http://www.sbcountyelections.com/Home.aspx to find your polling place.