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Central Coast voters approve cannabis business taxes

Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 07, 2018

Voters across the Central Coast resonated with the prospect of bringing cannabis businesses to the area by passing seven separate measures toward that tax.

Cities in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, including Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Goleta, Lompoc and Solvang, all voted yes on passing the cannabis tax measures by quite a landslide.

Goleta had a final tally of 81.9 percent voting yes and 18.1 percent voting no on the measure, similar to Solvang’s results of around 80 percent for yes votes and 20 percent for no votes. Lompoc also had a high approval percentage, with 76.7 percent voting yes and 23.3 percent turning down the tax.

Morro Bay and Atascadero had almost identical results for passing the cannabis business tax, with each city voting a 73 percent yes majority over a 27 percent no minority.

San Luis Obispo’s cannabis tax measure passed with 79.6 percent voting yes compared to 20.4 percent voting no.

The lowest difference between yes and no votes to the proposed cannabis tax was in Paso Robles, where only 65 percent approved the measure compared to 35 percent rejecting it.

Recreational use of cannabis in California became legal earlier this year on January 1, 2018.