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Nov 7, 2012 7:47 PM by Associated Press

Marijuana town adopts tax to push out pot growers

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) - Voters in the heart of California's marijuana-growing Emerald Triangle have overwhelmingly adopted a stiff new tax on electricity to push large-scale indoor pot growers out of town.

Voters in Arcata, Calif., voted 69 percent to 32 percent on Tuesday in favor of Measure I.

Mayor Michael Winkler said the vote shows even though people in Arcata are pretty liberal about marijuana, they want the large indoor growing operations out of their neighborhoods.

Winkler says the 45 percent tax on households using three times the normal amount of electricity should go into effect by the middle of next year.

If growers don't leave, Winkler says he will ask voters to raise the tax even more.

He also hopes to persuade neighboring communities to take similar steps.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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