How badly do you want businesses in Hemet to produce and sell cannabis?

■ Chronicle News Staff

Editor’s Note: As many Hemet voters may be confused by the two marijuana measures on the ballot, we have devised several questions voters might wish to ask themselves before going to the polls Nov. 6.

Measure Y reads:
Shall the privately proposed measure be adopted allowing an unlimited number of non-retail cannabis businesses in manufacturing zones without a city-issued discretionary approval, subject to limited separation requirements, giving certain cannabis business operators priority over others in establishing their businesses in the City, and taxing cannabis businesses at the rate of $10 per square foot of space used in connection with commercial cannabis activity, estimated to yield $1,000,000 in revenues annually and in perpetuity?

Valerie Voter asks:
Will this measure confuse the electorate with mumbo-jumbo? Before I cast my vote, I need to fully understand the entire context of this measure. First, I need to know who has privately proposed this measure asking for an unlimited number of non-retail cannabis businesses. I believe this is basic information. After all, we wouldn’t want the criminal element involved, would we? Second, under what parameters or metrics will priority be given to cannabis business operators over others in establishing their businesses in the city? Lacking this information, are we to think that certain individuals or groups will be favored? Third, I need to know what use will be given to the estimated $1 million in annual revenues.

Measure Z reads:
Shall the City-sponsored measure be adopted establishing a tax on cannabis businesses at the maximum rates of 25 percent of gross revenues or $30 per square foot of cultivation space, which will apply to illegally operating businesses and, if action is taken after December 31, 2020 to permit cannabis businesses, will apply to legally established cannabis businesses, estimated to generate at least $3,500,000 annually in perpetuity of cannabis businesses are permitted, and prohibiting cannabis businesses through December 31, 2020?

Valerie Voter asks:
Why are we talking about an illegally operating business? Illegal means it’s against the law. In other words, we are spending time and money to place on the ballot and ask the electorate to vote on an activity that is not permitted by law? Are we to understand that the city government, who has sworn to uphold the law, is sponsoring a tax measure to get money from illegal businesses? Notwithstanding that, to tax 25 percent of gross revenues or $30 a square foot of cultivation space–legal or not–shouldn’t we be told before we vote what use will be given to the estimated $3,500.000 generated annually if cannabis businesses are permitted. Do we know that the city will use it for cannabis regulation or for some other use.?

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