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City of Malibu
Measure G - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


3,616 votes yes (70.09%)

1,543 votes no (29.91%)

100% of precincts reporting (10/10).

Shall an ordinance be adopted to (1) allow and regulate cannabis (marijuana) businesses; (2) permit existing medical marijuana dispensaries to add sale and delivery of recreational (adult use) cannabis; and (3) impose a 2.5% tax on gross receipts for non-medical cannabis sales?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Christi Hogin, Malibu City Attorney

Measure G proposes an ordinance that would allow sale of recreational cannabis by two businesses with City permits, would allow these businesses to deliver marijuana and cannabis products, and would impose a 2.5% tax on the gross receipts from their sale of non-medical cannabis.

Existing law: Currently, the City allows up to two medical marijuana dispensaries with conditional use permits (CUP). All other commercial cannabis activity is prohibited in the City, including delivery of any cannabis and sale of recreational or “adult use” cannabis. Medical marijuana is not subject to any local tax.

Proposed changes: If adopted, Measure G would allow sale of recreational cannabis and cannabis products by two businesses subject to a City-issued permit. Delivery of medical marijuana and recreational cannabis would be allowed in the City but only by these two businesses. A tax of 2.5% would be imposed on the gross receipts of the sale of non-medical cannabis and cannabis products.

Effect: The state Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows sale of recreational cannabis if such sale is permitted under local law. Cannabis remains a Schedule One controlled substance under federal law, which prohibits the activities permitted by the state law. State and local laws do not immunize businesses from requirements of federal law; however, current medical marijuana dispensaries face this same risk.

Measure G would have specific implications for Malibu’s existing medical marijuana dispensaries. Existing dispensaries could deliver and sell recreational cannabis after obtaining a permit, which the City Manager would be required to issue.

Measure G provides that a dispensary can retain its regulatory permit if it moves locations. A CUP may be required for any new location.

The measure makes a few changes to the current regulations applicable to medical marijuana dispensaries. For example, it eliminates the current requirement to notify patrons verbally of certain rules, allowing notification by posted signs. It also prevents the City from revoking a CUP on the first violation of local law. Overall, Measure G imposes an equivalent level of restriction on the on-site sale of recreational cannabis as the City currently imposes on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The proposed tax is a general tax which requires approval by a majority of the votes cast in the election. The revenue generated could be used for any municipal purpose. It is undetermined how much annual revenue the tax would produce; the City estimates it would be at least approximately $75,000.

If the measure is adopted, it could only be amended or repealed by a majority of votes at an election.

Measure G was placed on the ballot by initiative petition that was signed by a legally sufficient number of registered voters of the City of Malibu. To be adopted, Measure G must be approved by a simple majority the ballots cast in this election.

A “yes” vote on Measure G favors the Measure.

A “no” vote on Measure G opposes the Measure.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Malibu wants a safe community while supporting compassionate care for our residents, including seniors, veterans and the disabled. Measure G will help keep our city safe from illegal black markets, toxic products and most importantly it would help the most vulnerable in our community access legal cannabis safely and discreetly. An overwhelming majority of Malibu voters voted for Proposition 64, which legalized cannabis for adult use. The will of the voters must be honored in our city.

Measure G establishes safe and sensible regulations for the sale of adult use cannabis and delivery within our city and protects our residents and businesses by requiring lab tested and child proofed products to be sold. Cannabis has helped so many people in our community. Voting yes on Measure G will also help with the opioid crisis by providing our community with a natural and safe option.

Malibu has allowed for two dispensaries, which must abide by strict regulations that help protect our city and keep our families safe. Measure G limits the number of dispensaries, creates jobs, provides for extensive safety plans and will fund critically necessary projects for public safety and community priorities through a general tax fund.

Malibu residents, Veterans, seniors, disabled patients, City Council members, attorneys, doctors, parents, mothers and teachers support this measure. This initiative will protect our neighborhoods, help our citizens and invest in our city’s future.

Yes on Measure G

Cannabis Expert, Mother and Malibu Local

Malibu City Councilman

Malibu Planning Commissioner

Cannabis Consultant Herbalist
Malibu Local

CEO-Weed for Warriors, US Army INF

Arguments AGAINST


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