Los Angeles Voters approve Marijuana Regulating Measure M

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 14, 2017.

Los Angeles Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Measure M, the city ballot measure to regulate the recreational and medical marijuana industry.  The ballot initiative, which was backed by the Los Angeles City Council and a number of marijuana industry trade groups, won by nearly 77 percent of the vote in favor, while 23 percent were against it.

Measure M will allow the city to repeal a current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries under the previously approved Proposition D and replace it with a new set of rules for different types of marijuana businesses. The city will now be able to impose gross-receipt taxes on all kinds of marijuana businesses, from manufacturing to delivery services to sales.

The measure will also empower the city tools to enforce its marijuana regulations, such as authorizing fines, criminal penalties or loss of power and water service for businesses operating without a license or ignoring city rules.

After the big winning in the ballot, City Council President Herb Wesson said, “The passing of Proposition M is a great victory for common sense, law enforcement and all Angelenos. We gave communities a voice in the process, and their voices will continue to be heard. This measure is what responsible marijuana laws should look like, and we couldn't be prouder of our city.”

Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a collective of marijuana concerns supporting the initiative, said, "The measure will provide the city more jobs, along with millions in tax revenue toward city services each year."

The measure would also clear the path for recreational pot shops in L.A. Under Proposition 64, which California voters approved in last November, recreational marijuana sales can begin in 2018.

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