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City of San Bruno
Measure S - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


12,601 votes yes (62.69%)

7,501 votes no (37.31%)

21,506 ballots counted

Although no cannabis (marijuana) businesses are currently allowed in the City, shall an ordinance be adopted imposing an additional business license tax of up to 10% of gross receipts on cannabis businesses, until ended by voters, with annual audits and all funds for San Bruno (this tax will generate no revenue initially, but would generate revenue if, in the future, cannabis businesses are permitted or exist in the City)?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Marc Zafferano, City Attorney

Measure S is an ordinance that would levy a 10% cannabis business tax on the gross receipts of cannabis (marijuana) businesses.

The San Bruno Municipal Code currently prohibits any cannabis businesses from locating in the City.  Measure S would not change this.  if Measure S is approved, it will ensure that such businesses are taxed if they operate in the City at some point after the adoption of Measure S.

Measure S defines a "cannabis business" as "a business that is licensed by the state pursuant to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and/or involves the retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing, distributing, cultivation or testing of cannabis or cannabis products or involves the operation of a cannabis nursery."

This tax is not a tax on the use or possession of cannabis by individuals.  Such use and possession is legal in many instances under California law.  The tax is a business tax that applies in addition to the existing approximately 0.1% citywide business license tax.  It is not directly paid by cannabis customers.

Any increase of the tax rate bove 10% would require voter approval but the City Council can, on its own authority, reduce the rate of the tax.

Proceeds of the tax would be deposited in the City's general fund and available for any municipal purpose. Expenditures from the gerneral fund are controlled by the San Bruno City Council. All City revenues are audited annually by an independent certified public accountant. 

Measure X was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of San Bruno. It will be adopted if approved by a majority of those voting on the measure.

A "Yes" vote is a vote in favor of the tax of 10% on gross receipts of cannabis businesses, should such businesses be allowed to locate in the City at a future time.

A "No" vote is a vote against the tax.  

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Protect San Bruno’s public finances WITHOUT raising taxes on residents and property owners.

Vote yes on Measure S.

California voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016. This legalized the sale and use of cannabis in California. A number of our neighboring cities (including Brisbane, Pacifica, South San Francisco, andSan Carlos) have already passed similar taxes on cannabis businesses.

Although San Bruno does not currently allow cannabis-based business in our community a “YES” on Measure S would provide the City of San Bruno with a much needed revenue stream should cannabis be allowed in the future.

Voting yes on Measure S does not remove the prohibition on cannabis businesses.

Voting yes on Measure S does not tax medical patients using cannabis or cannabis users.

Voting yes on Measure S would provide a new revenue stream into San Bruno’s general fund budget for capital projects, public safety, city parks, traffic improvement, and street maintenance programs.

By law, ALL of Measure S revenue will stay here in San Bruno. Not one penny would go to Sacramento.

For factual information about Measure S please visit


/s/ Marty Medina, San Bruno City Council member

/s/ Sean Quinn, San Bruno resident

/s/ John Guiseponi, 30 Year Resident of San Bruno

/s/ Peter Carey, Businessman

/s/ Auros Ansperge Harman, Planning Commissioner

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