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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Kern County
Measure J - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

77,680 votos si (39.87%)

117,156 votos no (60.13%)

100% de distritos activos (655/655).

Shall County adopt the ordinance proposed by initiative petition and known as Medicinal Cannabis Measure to retain the ban on commercial adult-use cannabis activity; allow and regulate commercial medicinal cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, retailing, distribution, and microbusiness in the unincorporated area, subject to State licensing requirements; allow unlimited land use permits for such activity; and allow County to levy a perpetual 7.5% business tax on the adjusted gross income of such activity [fiscal impact unknown]?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Kern County Registrar of Voters

This measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by a number of voters not less than 10% of the number of votes cast within the County for all candidates for Governor at the last gubernatorial election, as required by Elections Code section 9118.

The measure would amend Kern County Ordinance Code Chapter 19.08 to allow commercial medicinal cannabis activity in the unincorporated area of the County.

The ordinance also affirms cannabis cultivation for personal medicinal use and retains the current ban on commercial adult use cannabis activity.

Commercial medicinal cannabis activities would be allowed in agricultural, commercial, and industrial zoning districts. The types of activities allowed would vary somewhat by district. If a business seeking a cultivation permit were located within one mile of an established commercial farming operation, the County could require a conditional use permit and would have to find that the herbicide or pesticide drift potential to the cannabis activity could be reasonably mitigated. Cultivation for personal medicinal use would be allowed subject to state law requirements. In agricultural districts, personal outdoor cultivation could not be visible from public property by normal, unaided vision. In all other districts, including residential districts, outdoor personal cultivation would be allowed if contained within a fenced and locked area, the fence being at least six feet tall and topped with anti-personnel barbed wire.

A land use permit would be required to engage in commercial medicinal cannabis activity. The ordinance does not limit the number of permits that may be issued for any activity type. The County’s issuance of land use permits would be  ministerial; discretionary issuance of permits is prohibited. Except as specifically provided by the ordinance, the County would be required to issue a land use permit authorizing the specific use applied for as long as the applicant met County  ordinance requirements and the criteria to receive a state license.

The County would consider the location of the applicant’s activities and could impose some limitations on the concentration of activities to prevent density impacts in any district. Distance limitations could not exceed 1,000 feet between  activities.

Medicinal cannabis dispensaries that were in operation by May 10, 2016 and met certain zoning, setback, and building code requirements could continue to operate upon passage of the measure if they sought and obtained a County land use permit and a state license. If such dispensaries violated the County’s density limitations, the earliest established dispensary would have the right to remain at its location, and any later established dispensary would have to relocate within  180 days. The County could subject any application for a new dispensary to a conditional use permit process.

The County could impose a business tax of 7.5% on the adjusted gross income of any commercial cannabis activity and use the proceeds at its discretion for law enforcement to enforce the ordinance, drug abuse education or treatment, or the general fund. The ordinance could only be amendedby a vote of the electorate.

This wording applies to Measure J:

This is an impartial analysis of Measure J. If you want a copy of the County’s resolution ordering the election to vote on Measure J, please call Kern County Elections at (661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

VOTE YES ON MEASURE J

REDUCE NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME–INCREASE COUNTY TAX REVENUES

PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL MEDICAL CHOICES

MEASURE J will allow medical patients, safe, local access to clean, tested product as required by State law. It keeps illegally grown cannabis and re­lated cannabis products which can contain pesticides, mold, heavy metals and other contaminants from being sold in legal medical cannabis locations.

MEASURE J WILL NOT ALLOW FOR RECREATIONAL CANNABIS SALES. MEASURE J EXCEEDS STATE REQUIREMENTS.

MEASURE J PROTECTS OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS BY REMOVING ILLEGAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES.

Cannabis businesses will be located in appropriate agricultural, commer­cial, industrial, and manufacturing zones. They are further away from schools, day care centers, and youth activity locations than required by State law. New businesses will be required to complete a permitting pro­cess that allows neighbors to proposed locations to appear at public hear­ings to give input into what should be required before a new business is allowed to open in that location.

MEASURE J will allowforeconomicgrowth by creating a 7.5% business tax, add 8800+ newemployment opportunities and foster greater local spending as reported by the County Environmental Report.

MEASURE J PREVENTS LOCAL POLITIANS FROM DECIDING YOUR PER­SONAL MEDICAL RIGHTS AND CHOICES.

UNDER STATE LAW there will no longer be signage, loitering, smoking or other detrimental activities in or around these businesses.

THE MEASURE REQUIRES PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PRACTICES. JOIN US IN VOTING YES ON MEASURE J.

s/Jeff G Jarvis 
s/Heather L. Epps, Kern Citizens for Patient Rights

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

Measure J will create hundreds of dispensaries in Kern County and will NOT create tax dollars needed to properly regulate those locations. This measure has drawn concerns of black market activity, as well as, a negative impact on public safety.

Measure J does not provide state funds for law enforcement. The measure also does not require a public notice and takes away our neighborhoods ability to oppose licenses issued around our homes.

VOTE NO on Measure J because it cheats Kern out of tax revenue. Measure J allows pot shops to cook the books and avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

How does Measure J cheat Kern County?

Measure J only collects taxes if the business has enough adjusted gross income. Adjusted gross income is the money left over after deductions and expenses. By claiming bogus expenses and with almost no oversight, measure J opens the door for major fraud and would cost tax payers millions. Under this scam, any marijuana business “losing money” would pay ZERO TAXES and leave the extra law enforcement burden on tax payers.

This measure has:

No law enforcement resources 
No substantial tax revenue 
No public oversight
No limits

Vote NO on measure J:

- gives no money to Kern County
- contributes nothing to Veterans, classrooms or community services 
- puts hundreds of pot shops near schools, parks, and homes 
- lets pot shops stay open 24 hours a day 
- allows unsafe and unregulated home grow operations

s/Amanda Esposito, Owner/Operator Patriot Bail Bonds
s/Diane E Godinez, Office Manager Godinez Law
s/Nicholas Tako

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

NO REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

KERN COUNTY VOTERS DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE LOS ANGELES DEVELOPER, INDUSTRIAL PARTNER’S GROUP, FALSE STATEMENTS.

THESE ARE THE FACTS:

MEASURE J FOLLOWS, ENFORCES AND IN SOME CASES EXCEEDS ALL STATE LAWS. NO SIGNAGE, LOITERING, RESTRICTS HOURS OF OPERATION TO BETWEEN FROM 8 AMTILL 10 PM, 24/7 SECURITY AND THE BUSINESS LOCATION MUST BE IN THE APPROPRIATE AGRICULTURAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ZONES. KERN COUNTY WILL NOT ISSUE HUNDREDS OF PERMITS BECAUSE MEASURE J REQUIRES BUSINESSES GO THROUGH THE COUNTY PERMITTING PROCESS WHICH GUARANTEES A PUBLIC REVIEW.

MEASURE J IS LOCAL REGULATION WRITTEN BY BAKERSFIELD PROFESSIONALS WITH DIRECTION FROM THE COUNTY PLANNING DEPTNOT LOS ANGELES INVESTORS TRYING TO INVADE AND PROFIT FROM OUR COUNTY.

MEASURE J DOES NOT ALLOW FOR RECREACTIONAL MARIJUANA.

MEASURE J PROTECTS OUR RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS BY REMOVING ILLEGAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES.

MEASURE J TAXES THE MEDICINAL CANNABIS BUSINESS — NOT THE MEDICAL PATIENTS.

MEASURE J BRINGS NEW ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TAX REVENUE FROM THE ESTIMATED 8,800 NEW JOBS AND A 7.5% BUSINESS TAX AS REPORTED BY THE COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT. THIS NEW REVENUE GOES DIRECTLY TO THE KERN COUNTY GENERAL FUND.

MEASURE J GIVES ANYONE IN KERN COUNTY THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR A MEDICINAL CANNABIS PERMIT.

MEASURE J ALLOWS OUR FARMERS TO GROW INDUSTRIAL HEMP ON THEIR PROPERTY.

MEASURE J KEEPS LOCAL POLITICIANS OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL MEDICAL DECISIONS.

MEASURE J GIVES LEGAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES THE ABILITY TO POLICE AND REMOVE ILLEGAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE J.

s/Jeff Jarvis
s/Heather Epps, KCPR

— Kern County Registrar of Voters
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