At the general election of November 8, 2016, the voters approved
Proposition 64 – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act. In June 2017,
the California State Legislature passed a budget trailer bill -
SB 94 that integrated MCRSA with AUMA to create the Medicinal
and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).
Under MAUCRSA, a single regulatory system governs the medical
and adult use cannabis industry in California.
As of November
9, 2016, the state has allowed each city to expressly ban or
allow cannabis operations, including: cultivation, dispensaries,
testing, manufacturing, and deliveries. The City of Santa Paula
currently allows testing, but bans all other commercial
activities. The City Council members possess the ultimate
authority to allow or ban cannabis activities within their
jurisdiction; however, before a general marijuana tax can be
imposed this year, only a majority vote from the community can
approve the tax. All new taxes on cannabis must comply with
If a tax measure on cannabis operations is proposed by
Council, then the wording of the tax measure must be ready and
submitted to Ventura County no later than July 23, 2018 to be on
the November 6, 2018 ballot.
- Monday, May 21, 2018 (Staff
Survey): The Cannabis Survey results were
presented to Council and staff received direction to draft
ballot language for cannabis taxation for Council
- Monday, April 16, 2018 (Staff
Report): City Council approved funds for staff to
work with a consultant to produce a statistically valid
survey to better understand community sentiment on the
- Monday, March 26, 2018 (Dot
Voting): Staff hosted a Cannabis Town Hall at the
Community Center. The meeting was attended by approximately
100 individuals that expressed their feelings on cannabis
through a dot voting system with a panel discussion, public
comments, and “Questions and Answers”.
- Monday, March 19, 2018 (Staff
Ordinance): Staff presented a summary of
Proposition 64 and the Cannabis Act to the City Council. The
Council recommended that staff reach out to the community to
gather public input.