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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Half Moon Bay
Measure EE -

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Resultados electorales

Failing

2,418 votos si (43.58%)

3,130 votos no (56.42%)

Should the City draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial, greenhouse cultivation of mature cannabis plants on existing greenhouse sites in the City's A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Catherine Engberg, City Attorney

This Measure is an advisory measure.  It was placed on the ballot by the City Council for the City of Half Moon Bay to seek voter opinion on whether the City should allow and regulate the commerical cultivation of mature (flowering) cannabis plants within greenhouses at specified sites in the City. Specifically, at sites with existing greenhouses that are located within the City's A-1 (Agricultural/Exclusive Floriculture) Zoning District.

"Cannabis" is also known as "marijuana." An "ordinance" is a local law.

The half Moon Bay Municipal Code currently prohibits cannabis businesses. This Measure would not change that prohibition. Instead if it is approved, it would advise the City Council that a majority of voters support creating an exception to this ban to allow businesses to cultivate mature cannabis plants in greenhouses as described above.

Because this measure is advisory only, the election results will in no manner be controlling on the City Council. But the City Council may consider the results in determining whether to pursue drafting an ordinance to allow and regulate commercial cannabis cultivation as described above and in determining whether to adopt the ordinance. Any proposed ordinance would be considered by the City Council in a noticed public meeting.

The Half Moon Bay Zoning Map shows the locations of the A-1 Zoning District. The zoning Map is posted on the City's website, www.half-moon-bay.ca.us and is available for inspection at City Hall. If the City allowed commercial cannabis cultivation in this zone, some specific locations may not be available for cannabis businesses depending on setback and buffer regulations that could be adopted.

A "Yes" vote means, in your opinion, the City should allow and regulate commercial greenhouse cultivation of mature cannabisp lants on existing greenhouse sites in the City's A-1 zoning District.

A "No" vote means, in your opinion, the City should not allow and regulate commercial greenhouse cultivation of mature cannabis plants on existing greenhouse sites in the City's A-1 Zoning District.

This measure must receive a majority of "yes" votes to pass. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

According to the city of HMB, 69% of voters favored Proposition 64 which legalized a regulated cannabis industry statewide two years ago. These cannabis ballot measures are a continuation of the process to implement a local, regulated cannabis industry in alignment with the mandate of our voters from 2016.

The Coastside Cannabis Coalition supports this advisory measure to draft and adopt an ordinance to allow and locally regulate commerical greenhouse nursery cultivation of mature cannabis plants in existing greenhouse sites in the City's A-1 Zoning District.

We believe that the required security, restricted access, and environmental protection measures included in state cannabis regulations already address many of the community's concerns regarding cannabis cultivation on the coast. The county has already allowed the cultivation of mature cannabis plants and adopting an ordinance allowing mature plants in HMB would put us in alignment with the county for regulatory and enforcement purposes.

Passing this measure would also support our local farmers and nursery operators by allowing them to get involved in cannabis related economic opportunities which many have repeatedly asked for since Prop 64 was passed. The County is supporting out-of-county investors in coming to properties in the HMB area to begin licensed cannabis operations. The small number of eligible cultivation facilities in HMB are owned by local families who have been contributing to our community for generations. We should not keep our neighbors and local farmers from accessing tese same time sensitive opportunities.

Additionally passing this measure would allow our community to have local control of our cannabis regulations so that HMB residents and Coastsiders can decide what is best for our local community instead of out-of-town and out-of-county speculators. 

Learn more at www.coastsidecannabis.org

 

/s/ Dustin Cline, Co-Founder Coastside Cannabis Coalition

/s/ Lauren Silberman, Co-founder Coastside Cannabis Coalition 

Argumento EN CONTRA

Vote NO on Marijuana Cultivation!

Allowing commerical mature marijuana cultivation in our residental neighborhoods will have irreversible negative impacts on the youth, environment, public safety, quality of life, and culture of our community.

Commerical marijuana farms, with millions of dollars in inventory, are an attractive target for armed robberies and will increase the risk of crime in our rural communities.  Legal marijuana operations in Carpinteria, Monterey, and Sonoma County have been targeted by armed robbers.

Moreover, commercial grow operations may increase black market grow operations on the coast. Law enforcement sources in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon report that commercialization has allowed black market growers - often associatied with international cartels - to masquerade as legal grow sites.

Marijuana farms are incompatible with the coastal/family culture of HMB and will negatively impact residents' quality of life. Residents of Carpinteria, Greenfield, Sonoma County, as well as Oregon, Colorado, and Washington have had their quality of life impaired and property values decreased by obnoxious odors from marijuana greenhouses, bright lights, noise from equipment and greenhouse fans, and increased traffic. Marijuana farms don't belong adjacent to residential neighborhoods and should be situated only in commercial or industrial zones.

Marijuana greenhouses have the potential to negatively affect the environment with their high energy and excessive water demands, using twice as much water as grape cultivation.

Growing marijuana will displace existing crops, disrupting our existing farming industry and its workers.

Research also shows a connection between marijuana cultivation and retail operations and increased use by youth - including use of more potent forms of marijuana.

The risks posed by this industry to our public safety, youth, environmebnt and quality of life far outweigh any benefits. Join with us and vote NO!

 

/s/ Anne Martin, President, Coastsiders Against Commerical Marijuana

/s/ Rosa Brody, MD, Secretary, Coastsiders Against Commercial Marijuana

/s/ Joaquin Jiminez

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

True, 69% of HMB approved Proposition 64. But there are differences between supporting personal use and supporting commercial production and sale. Recent professional polling by Emerson College Polling (New York) and Mason-Dixon Polling (Illinois) show that well under half of polling respondents support commercial pot activities while still allowing personal use. Marin County approves of personal use while banning all commercial activity (except delivery). The same is true here with most opposing commercial pot.

Pot supporters say out-of-area investors want to grow weed in unincorporated San Mateo County. This is scary to many people. Why would they not also target HMB? They could easily buy out local properties and influence our community and politics.

Mature pot plant grow operations are targets for robbery - increasing crime risk. Odor is a concern close to homes despite regulations.

Only a small group supports commercial pot growing here in HMB - they should not overrule the large number of people who oppose commerical pot - school community leaders, religious community leaders, many in the Latino community, and the San Mateo County Public Health Department which cites valid scientific literature that "normalizing" pot will lead to an increased use, especially in youth.

Commerical pot will not save local agriculture. In fact it would likely displace existing crop production which we will never get back, if this does not work out for pot.

Pot supporters say we need local laws to have local control. The best local control is law we have now - a prohibition on all commerical pot activity. Vote NO on Measure EE.

 

/s/ Anne Martin, President, Coastsiders Against Commercial Marijuana

/s/ Rosa Brody, MD, Secretary, Coastsiders Against Commercial Marijuana

/s/ Joaquin Jimenez 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

This is an ADVISORY MEASURE ONLY to give the City Council guidance as to the community's opinions on mature cannabis cultivation for potential future ordinances.

Support our local farmers by voting in favor and cutting through the factual inaccuracies! Let farmers decide which crops to grow and what works for their nurseries and facilities.

Here are the most important factual inaccuracies to note:

 * Cannabis cultivation in existing greenhouses will have no material impact on neighboring residences due to strict State standards regarding lights, odors, security, environmental impact, and more.

 * Security measures must include limitations on signage and visibility. 24-hour video survelliance and alarm systems, strict facility access controls, inventory tracking, management protocols, and more.

The City of Half Moon Bay is not a cannabis tourism destination like Humboldt County, Mendocino County, or Santa Cruz - and we do not want to turn it into one! We only support a local cannabis industry in order to help our local medical patients access safe regulated cannabis products and local farmers access economic opportunities to keep our jobs, taxes, and decision making local.

We support a local, regulated cannabis industry within the context of what is right for our unique community, in order to support our local medical patients access safe, regulated cannabis products and local farmes access economic opportunities to keep our jobs, taxes, and decision making local.

 

/s/ Dustin Cline, Coastside Cannabis Coalition

/s/ Lauren Silberman, Coastside Cannabis Coalition 

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