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City of Jurupa Valley
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


4,383 votes yes (42.71%)

5,880 votes no (57.29%)

100% of precincts reporting (24/24).

10,263 ballots counted.

Shall an initiative measure ordinance which legalizes marijuana dispensaries and commercial marijuana activity in the Manufacturing-Service Commercial Zone and imposes certain operational requirements on marijuana dispensaries and commercial marijuana activities in this zone be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Jurupa Valley

City of Jurupa Valley Ordinance No. 2016-13 prohibits all marijuana dispensaries and commercial marijuana activities in all zones of the City under the authority of “Proposition 64” adopted by the voters on November 7, 2016 and the State laws adopted by the Legislature to implement Proposition 64.

Measure A, which was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters, would provide marijuana dispensaries and businesses engaged in commercial cannabis activity, a limited exemption from enforcement for violations of the Municipal Code, if they are located in the Manufacturing-Service Commercial zone and meet certain operational requirements. “Commercial marijuana activity” includes the “cultivation, manufacture, distribution, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transportation, distribution, delivery or sale of marijuana and marijuana products.”

Measure A’s stated purpose is to provide “strict” regulations on the operations of commercial marijuana businesses and to provide an opportunity to raise revenue for the City. Measure A does not enact a City tax on marijuana dispensaries or commercial marijuana activity.

Marijuana businesses would apply with the City Clerk for “Priority Exemption” or “Non-Priority Exemption.” If a business filed a Statement By Unincorporated Association that specifically contained the words “commercial cannabis” or “commercial marijuana” at the time of the initial statement was filed with the California Secretary of State on or before September 1, 2016 they, are eligible for “Priority Exemption.”

No discretionary permit is required to be issued by the City. If the application is deemed complete, the applicant can operate a marijuana dispensary or engage in commercial marijuana activity subject to the following regulations:

1. Comply with all State laws concerning commercial marijuana activity.

2. At least one security guard licensed by the State must be on site at all times that it is open for business;

3. Only one wall sign allowed in compliance with the Jurupa Valley Municipal Code and external or internal illumination prohibited;

4. Hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily;

5. No more than $200 in cash reserves may be stored overnight;

6. No person under 21 shall be permitted anywhere at or upon a “non-medical exempted commercial marijuana facility;”

7. Provide name and phone number of on-site staff person for notification if there are operational problems;

8. Applicant shall meet the State’s criminal background requirements related to commercial marijuana activity;

9. No dispensary or commercial marijuana facility shall be located within a 1,000-foot radius of two or more dispensaries or commercial marijuana facility authorized by Measure A;

10. No dispensary or commercial marijuana facility shall be located within a 600-foot radius of a school providing instruction in kindergarten or any grades one through twelve; and

11. The 600-foot radius restriction for schools shall not apply to day care centers or youth centers located in the City.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure A. If you desire a copy of Measure A, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (951) 332-6464 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Dated: March 8, 2018

By: Peter M. Thorson

      City Attorney

      City of Jurupa Valley

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Measure A finally creates a safe and sensible system for regulating marijuana businesses in the City of Jurupa Valley while protecting our children and community.

Marijuana is being sold across our City—but illegally, without any protections for children, without assurances of product safety, and without generating revenue for our local economy.

The majority of City voters approved Prop 64, legalizing adult use marijuana in California and setting forth a system of statewide production, distribution, and sales. Instead of working to locally implement that system, our City’s out of touch politicians doubled down on their failed citywide prohibition of state-licensed marijuana businesses, which has proven just as ineffective and problematic as alcohol prohibition.

Alarming signs of poverty and blight loom over portions of our City—vacant shopping centers, boarded up storefronts, homeless camps spilling into public view, and streets littered with trash. The lack of local economic opportunity and resources is obvious, and that’s why continuing to expend scarce City resources on an expensive game of Whack-A-Mole with illegal marijuana businesses is a shameful waste.

Sensible elected leaders in many nearby inland cities have brought skilled employment and economic development to their cities by locally regulating state-licensed marijuana businesses.

Here’s just a few safeguards Measure A provides:

  • Requires all marijuana businesses to be state-licensed and remain in strict compliance with all state regulations;
  • Restricts marijuana businesses to the City’s Manufacturing-Service Commercial Zone;
  • Tough protections for children, requiring purchasers to be 21, banning signage depicting marijuana, and prohibiting marijuana businesses near schools.

Don’t let the hysteria of a few stubborn politicians deceive you. We know our City’s current approach toward marijuana doesn’t make sense. It’s time to put an end to our broken local marijuana prohibition, and implement proven reforms so marijuana will be safe, controlled, and locally taxable.

By: Katelyn Garcia, Citizens of Jurupa Valley for Common Sense

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST


In compliance with State law (Proposition 64 and SB 94), all marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and other commercial marijuana activity is currently illegal under City ordinance in all zones, except limited cultivation of medical marijuana by qualified patients and the State mandated indoor cultivation of six marijuana plants for recreational use.

The Staff Report presented to the City Council on October 5, 2017 describes the problems with legalizing marijuana dispensaries and commercial marijuana businesses in the City under Measure A:

  • Marijuana businesses have been known to attract crime and could divert law enforcement resources from other areas of the City;
  • Existing illegal marijuana businesses operating within the City have imposed a heavy burden on local law enforcement and City resources;
  • Measure A would likely require the City to hire additional staff and law enforcement at an estimated cost of $345,000 per year;
  • Marijuana businesses must be 600 feet from schools (K-12) but not from youth centers or day care centers; and
  • The Federal Controlled Substances Act makes it unlawful for any person to cultivate, manufacture, distribute or dispense, or possess marijuana.

Measure A does not allow the City any discretion in reviewing applications for marijuana dispensaries and businesses and prohibits the City from imposing additional conditions on marijuana businesses that would protect the health and safety of the community.

In cities allowing marijuana dispensaries, illegal dispensaries still exist and are the subject of abatement actions because legal dispensaries have higher operating costs due to state regulations and taxes.

Measure A does not establish any City taxes on dispensaries and commercial marijuana businesses. The City will not receive any revenue from the new State marijuana tax and might only receive some sales tax from taxable marijuana sales.


By: Micheal Goodland, Mayor

      Brian Berkson, Mayor Pro Tem

      Anthony Kelly, Jr., Council Member

      Verne Lauritzen, Council Member

      Laura Roughton, Council Member

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR


Measure A does not protect the health and safety of people in Jurupa Valley.

Measure A will not end illegal dispensaries. In cities allowing marijuana dispensaries, illegal dispensaries still exist and are the subject of abatement actions in court. Legal dispensaries have higher operating costs than illegal dispensaries due to state regulations and taxes.

Measure A will not promote economic growth in the City. Rather, economic growth and jobs are produced by the City’s on-going programs to pave streets, remove trash and debris from public and private properties, increase Sheriff’s deputies, and provide attractive zoning opportunities that encourages commercial and manufacturing growth.

Measure A does not allow the City any discretion in reviewing applications for marijuana dispensaries and businesses and prohibits the City from imposing additional conditions on marijuana businesses that would protect the health and safety of the community.

Measure A allows marijuana businesses to locate adjacent to or near youth centers or day care centers by eliminating any distancing requirement between marijuana businesses and these sensitive uses.

The Federal Controlled Substances Act makes it unlawful for any person to cultivate, manufacture, distribute or dispense, or possess marijuana.


By: Micheal Goodland, Mayor

      Brian Berkson, Mayor Pro Tem

      Anthony Kelly, Jr., Council Member

      Verne Lauritzen, Council Member

      Laura Roughton, Council Member

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Vote YES on Measure A to bring revenue, skilled employment opportunities, and economic development to our City.

Forbes has reported that California’s legal marijuana market will generate over FIVE BILLION dollars of revenue and ONE BILLION dollars in state taxes in 2018.

Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the Failed War on Drugs propaganda that is being used by the small—but loud—group of anti-marijuana fanatics and feckless politicians to promote a continuation of their failed local prohibition on marijuana businesses.

No amount of hysteria can hide the fact that our City’s current approach towards marijuana businesses has been a dismal failure.

End our City’s insane prohibition by voting YES on Measure A, which will:

• Allow for our City to share in the BILLIONS of dollars in anticipated revenue;

By: Katelyn Garcia, Citizens of Jurupa Valley for Common Sense

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
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