Increased medical marijuana dispensaries might be on November ballot

STOCKTON — Pending City Council approval, residents will have the opportunity in November to vote on whether to allow for the establishment of as many as three new medical marijuana dispensaries in Stockton.

The City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to consider placing two measures on the November ballot related to the sale, cultivation and taxation of medical cannabis.

The sale and cultivation measure would allow for a total of four dispensaries and four cultivation sites in Stockton. Currently, there is only a single legal medical cannabis dispensary in the city, the Stockton Patient Clinic at Wilson Way and Fremont Street.

The second ballot measure would increase the medical cannabis business license tax from $25 per $1,000 of annual gross receipts to a minimum of $35 and a maximum of $50 per $1,000. The city estimates the higher tax rate would increase revenues, for general services in Stockton, from $672,000 to $1 million a year.

The cost for placing the two measures on the ballot is estimated by the city at about $120,000.

Assuming the council votes to put the measures on the ballot, it will mark a success for a group of Stockton medical marijuana users who collected thousands of signatures earlier this year seeking to put a measure onto the November ballot.

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