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Voter Information - Measure Z & Y
Voter Information - Measure Z & Y

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There will be two measures regarding the cannabis industry on the November, 2018 ballot for Hemet voters - Measures Z and Measure Y. They are competing proposals. The measure with the most "YES" votes will prevail. Any information provided by the City is required by law to be factual and presented in an unbiased and objective manner. The following is an overview of the two proposals before Hemet voters.  

THE FACTS: WHAT THE LAW SAYS NOW 
FEDERAL Under federal law, cannabis is still illegal. It has not been decriminalized.
STATE The state of California has legalized cannabis use for those over 21 . The conflict between state and federal laws has yet to be resolved.
CITY The City of Hemet presently bans all retail sales and commercial cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing of cannabis.
WHAT MEASURE Z SAYS WHAT MEASURE Y SAYS
Prohibition with taxation
Measure Z upholds the city ban on any form of cannabis business. All retail sales and manufacturing activities will still be illegal. However, it now establishes a penalty tax on cannabis businesses that will generate funds for the city.
Legalization with taxation
Will legalize indoor cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories to operate in Hemet's manufacturing zoning districts by creating an exemption in Hemet's current ban.
CANNABIS STILL PROHIBITED
All forms of cannabis businesses will
still be prohibited. In 2021, the city would
determine any changes to the law and
how to prohibit or regulate cannabis businesses.
NO REGULATION
Cannabis businesses will be able to operate without city regulation or city-conducted background checks. The City would be prohibited from determining applicants' past business or criminal records.
VOTER CONTROL / TIME FRAME
Two years with continued citizen input
Measure Z provides increased opportunity for voter input. Establishes two-year time frame for community feedback and to develop a plan for regulating cannabis business in Hemet. After 2020, Hemet citizens can determine how they want to legalize or regulate cannabis activities.
VOTER CONTROL/TIME FRAME
90 days with no further citizen input
The City Clerk must start accepting applications from proposed cannabis businesses 31 days after Measure Y takes effect. There is no allowance for further voter input.

BALLOT SPONSOR
Measure Z was placed on the ballot by the
Hemet City Council as an alternative to Measure Y.
BALLOT SPONSOR
Measure Y was placed on the ballot by two private citizens and attorney Jason Ryan Thompson who represents major cannabis manufacturers. No business or investor affiliations disclosed.
IMPOSITION OF PENALTY TAX - $30 per square foot
Imposition of penalties will not authorize cannabis
activity. Imposes penalties on all illegal cannabis
businesses as follows:
$30 per square foot for cannabis cultivation
25% of gross receipts for cannabis manufacturing
15% of gross receipts for all other cannabis business including dispensaries, testing laboratories and distributors. Should the City Council enact a permitting ordinance after 2020, these amounts are maximum rates and would be imposed on any legal cannabis business. The City Council may also opt for lower rates after 2020.
TAX - $10 per square foot
Imposes a $10 per square foot tax on cultivation businesses excluding square footage not used for cultivation activities.

FINE REVENUE PROJECTION - $3.5 million
Projected to generate a maximum of $3,500,000 in annual revenue. After 2021 , these fines can be amended as directed by voters.
TAX REVENUE PROJECTION - $1 million
Projected to generate $1,000,000 in tax revenue to the city.

LIMITED OPPORTUNITY TO LEVY ANY TAX
State law requires any city-proposed general tax to be voted on at the same time as city general municipal elections. If Measure Z is not approved, the City cannot propose any cannabis fines, taxes or an increase to the cannabis tax proposed by Measure Y until after 2020.
LIMITED OPPORTUNITY TO LEVY ANY TAX
State law requires any city-proposed general tax to be voted on at the same time as city general municipal elections. The City cannot add to Measure Y or increase the cannabis tax proposed by Measure Y until after 2020.

USE OF REVENUE
Specifies revenue to go to the City's General Fund which can be spent for police and fire protection, road improvements, parks and recreation and other needed city services.
USE OF REVENUE
Does not specify how money to the City is to be spent.

NO COMPANIES ELIGIBLE
Any form of cannabis business activity remains illegal. After 2020, Hemet citizens can then determine how to legalize or regulate cannabis activities.
COMPANIES ELIGIBLE
Cannabis companies registered for business with the state on or before October 6, 2017, citing the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation & Safety Ad, can apply for a city permit. Any company applying to the state after October 2017, would not be eligible.
LOCATIONS ALLOWED
None. All cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories will remain illegal in Hemet.
LOCATIONS ALLOWED
Measure Y will allow indoor cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories to operate in Hemet's manufacturing zoned districts.

If you would like copy of these measures, please call the elections official's office at
(951) 765-2307 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.