By David Downey | ddowney@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: November 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Updated: November 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Voters in several Inland communities appeared to say Tuesday, Nov. 6, that they are ready to welcome the marijuana industry — and especially to tax it — with the notable exception of Hemet.

In Hemet, voters rejected a measure that would have permitted non-retail cannabis businesses and appear to have approved an alternate city-sponsored measure banning all marijuana businesses for two years. Hemet Mayor Michael Perciful said the election sent “a message that people are not ready for marijuana in the city yet.”

Vote totals are preliminary, however, as final unofficial counts aren’t expected until 6 p.m. Thursday for Riverside County and 4 p.m. Friday for San Bernardino County. More than 200,000 ballots in each county need to be processed, officials said.

Here’s a roundup of the results so far:

San Bernardino County

Adelanto: Measure S would tax cannabis businesses up to $5 per square foot of space used in cultivation, and up to 5 percent on retail sales, delivery, manufacturing, processing, testing and distribution. About 71 percent of voters favored the measure.

Colton: Measure U would tax cannabis up to $25 per square foot for cultivation and processing, and up to 10 percent on retail sales. About 69 percent favored the measure.

Hesperia: Measure T would tax cannabis up to 6 percent on retail sales and $15 per square foot for cultivation. More than 60 percent of voters favored the measure.

San Bernardino: Two measures were passing with support from six in 10 voters: Measure W, which would impose a tax of up to $10 per square foot for cultivators and up to 6 percent for retailers; and Measure X, which would allow 17 commercial cannabis enterprises to operate in the city.
Riverside County

Banning: Two measures to allow cannabis in an industrial zone and tax it were leading, each with about 60 percent support from voters. They are Measure N, which would authorize a tax of up to $25 per square foot for cultivation, and up to 10 percent on yearly receipts for other businesses, and Measure O, which would tax retail sales at 10 percent.

Hemet: Measure Y, the initiative that would let non-retail cannabis businesses into manufacturing zones, was opposed by two-thirds of voters. The city-sponsored Measure Z, banning commercial marijuana for two years, appeared to have passed, with more than 52 percent support.

Jurupa Valley: Measure L would allow up to seven dispensaries, and create taxes of $25 per square foot on retail sales and $3 per square foot on other cannabis activity. The measure appeared to be passing with support from about 52 percent of the vote.

Moreno Valley: Measure M, authorizing taxes off up to 8 percent on retail and $15 per square foot on cultivation, was passing easily with 72 percent.

Perris: Measure G, which would impose a tax of up to 10 percent on distribution and manufacturing, was passing with 71 percent.

San Bernardino City Councilman Henry Nickel was pleased.

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