Sacramento County Supervisors vote to not tax marijuana sales

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Korbin Osborn, left, works as a cannabis adviser at a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. Legislation to legalize cannabis in New Mexico advanced Thursday, March 18, 2021, toward a decisive Senate floor vote under a framework that emphasizes government oversight of pricing and supplies and social services for communities where the criminalization of pot led to aggressive policing. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — On Tuesday, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to not have a measure that would tax marijuana businesses appear on the November ballot.

If county supervisors voted to allow marijuana businesses to be taxed on Tuesday, it would then have gone to the November ballot where voters could have ultimately made the decision.

In order for it to have passed through the board, it would have needed a “yes” from four of the five supervisors. Only three supervisors voted in favor of it, so it will not move forward to the ballot in November.

Phil Serna, Patrick Kennedy, and Rich Desmond all voted yes on the measure while Sue Frost and Don Nottoli voted no.

While marijuana sales have been legal in California since 2016, it wasn’t until 2018 that the city of Sacramento was allowed to sell cannabis. The legalization of marijuana in California gave each county and city the power to decide if they wanted cannabis to be sold and where it could be sold.

In Sacramento County, only the city of Sacramento and the city of Isleton are legally allowed to sell marijuana.

If the measure was successful with Sacramento County Supervisors and with voters in November, it would have also allowed for dispensaries to open in the unincorporated parts of Sacramento County at the county’s discretion.