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— Citizen's Medical Cannabis Business Initiative of 2017 —

Local
November 6, 2018 —California General Election

City of Vista
Measure Z - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

14,900 votes yes (53.8%)

12,789 votes no (46.2%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (58/58).
  • 29,306 ballots counted.

CITIZEN’S MEDICAL CANNABIS BUSINESS INITIATIVE OF 2017. Shall the citizen measure authorizing the commercial storefront retail sales of medicinal cannabis by up to 11 retailers in the City of Vista to be located in any of Vista's commercial, industrial, business park, and mixed use zoning districts; and imposing a 7% special use tax on gross receipts potentially raising $117,600 per dispensary annually until ended by voters; be adopted?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE Z

CITIZEN’S MEDICAL CANNABIS BUSINESS INITIATIVE OF 2017

It is currently illegal to operate a marijuana (cannabis) business in the City of Vista. This initiative ordinance would repeal that prohibition and allow at least eleven storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Vista based on the City’s current population.

This initiative would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to locate in all of Vista’s commercial, industrial, and business park zoning districts, as well as in its mixed use zoning districts (districts with residential apartments and condominiums in addition to commercial uses). Dispensaries would be required to have on parking space per 1,000 square feet instead of the five spaces required of all other retail businesses.

Within those zoning districts, a dispensary could be in any location which is: (a) 500 feet or more from any other permitted marijuana dispensary; and (b) 600 feet from any pre-existing public or private K-12 school. There is no setback requirement from adjacent residentially-zoned properties. 

All commercial marijuana businesses would pay Vista a permanent special use tax equal to 7% of gross sales. The tax proceeds would be placed in the City’s general fund and be available for any lawful municipal expenditure. 

Once licensed, no criminal or public nuisance action can be initiated against a licensed dispensary operating within the limited rules set by the initiative ordinance. 

The City would be required to issue a certificate of occupancy and business license to a marijuana dispensary if it meets its minimum requirements, including the installation of security and video surveillance systems, adequate lighting, a ventilation system, and insurance. The City would be prohibited from imposing any additional operation requirements on the businesses. 

The initiative requires dispensaries to follow day-to-day operating rules set by the initiative unless otherwise provided by state law. These rules would allow a dispensary to operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, would prohibit consumption of marijuana products on the premises, and would require a dispensary to hire a security guard during business hours. 

An individual would be eligible to own or to work at marijuana dispensary if the individual has not been convicted of a felony or if the felony convictions are more than four years old.

A “yes” vote means you want to authorize at least eleven storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Vista based on the City’s current population. 

A “no” vote means you do not want to authorize at least eleven storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Vista based on the City’s current population.

This initiative was placed on the ballot by the requisite number of voters. 

Darold Pieper
City Attorney
City of Vista

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Z. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at (760) 636-6125 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

— City Attorney, City of Vista

YES vote means

A “yes” vote means you want to authorize at least eleven storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Vista based on the City’s current population.

 

NO vote means

A “no” vote means you do not want to authorize at least eleven storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Vista based on the City’s current population.

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Z

Medical cannabis has been legal in California for over 20 years, since voters approved Prop 215 in 1996. Yet, in the past few years, the City of Vista has spent millions of dollars on enforcement activities and criminal prosecutions to eliminate all access to medical cannabis in the City.

The City has neglected code enforcement of blighted buildings, failed to adequately maintain our parks, and sat idly by as traffic has worsened- all while spending millions of your tax dollars to criminally prosecute the sale of medical cannabis.

It is time to allow safe and regulated access to medical cannabis that patients in Vista depend on, from those with cancer who rely on it to improve their quality of life, to those with chronic pain who can eliminate their need for narcotics. Study after study shows that medical cannabis works.

Measure Z allows only medical cannabis dispensaries- not recreational- providing safe access for medical patients. It will likely generate millions of dollars of locally controlled tax revenue.

Measure Z would impose a 7% special use tax on gross sales of medical cannabis, and by the City’s own calculations, would potentially raise $4,510,000 in local tax revenue annually. This would provide millions of dollars in locally controlled funding to improve roads and reduce traffic, enhance public safety services, and fund efforts to close unlicensed cannabis businesses.

Measure Z highly regulates dispensaries and would:

  • Limit dispensaries to one per 10,000 Vista residents
  • Allow dispensaries only within commercial and mixed-use zones
  • Require product be clearly labeled and packaged to protect minors
  • Prohibit dispensaries within 600 feet of schools
  • Prohibit ownership or operation by persons with felony drug convictions
  • Prohibit on-site cannabis consumption

Thousands of patients, including many seniors and veterans, are depending on your vote to permit medical cannabis dispensaries.

Vote YES on Z

www.VoteYesOnZ.com

Mark Woodard
Measure Z Proponent

Cody W. Campbell
Vista Business Owner

Rodney Allen
Chair, Vistans for Safe Community Access

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Z

This initiative measure would be a disaster for the residents of Vista. It would immediately allow 11 commercial marijuana storefronts to spread throughout the community with more to come as Vista grows.

This “citizen’s” initiative was circulated by paid professionals bankrolled by the marijuana industry. In fact, they paid to circulate it twice because they didn’t do it properly the first time. Their campaign headquarters are located in Palm Springs, and their principle campaign donor so far ($70,000) lives in Malibu. It’s the marijuana industry that wants Vista to become the marijuana capital of North County, not the residents of Vista.

These storefronts are not limited to commercial or industrial zones. They can also be located in mixed-use zones where parents and their children live side by side with businesses. Our historic downtown and the beautiful Paseo Santa Fe corridor could see one of the storefronts every 500 feet under this measure. They also are not required to be set back from exclusively residential zones.

The marijuana industry has been trying to make Vista its northern capital for several years. The City has already shut down over 55 illegal marijuana businesses, yet more try to open. No other city in North County has had to endure such a deliberate onslaught of criminal conduct. So having failed to thrive here illegally, this industry is trying to make itself legal by authorizing an outrageous number of commercial storefronts.

Personal use and cultivation of marijuana is and will remain legal in Vista under the state’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, Proposition 215, and Proposition 64. Voters who would like to see some availability of medicinal marijuana can vote for Proposition BB on this ballot. It authorizes three delivery services in the City that would be located in industrial-type areas.

Judy Ritter, Mayor, City of Vista

John J. Aguilera, Deputy Mayor, City of Vista

Amanda Young Rigby, City Councilmember, City of Vista

John B. Franklin, City Councilmember, City of Vista

Dave Cowles, Former Councilmember City of Vista

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Z

No rebuttal to the argument in favor of Measure Z was filed with the City Clerk.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Z

Don’t be misled by the City’s arguments.

VOTE YES on Measure Z.

MEASURE Z WAS PLACED ON THE BALLOT BY A GROUP OF CONCERNED VISTA RESIDENTS

Measure Z was advanced and placed on the ballot by “Vistans for Safe Community Access”, FPPC I.D. #1380997, a committee formed by a group of concerned Vista residents - and headquartered in the City of Vista at 550 W. Vista Way, Suite 107.

MEASURE Z HEAVILY REGULATES AND RESTRICTS DISPENSARIES

Under Measure Z:

  • Dispensaries SHALL NOT be located in residences or residential zones.
  • Dispensaries SHALL NOT be located within 600 feet of schools.
  • Dispensaries SHALL NOT be owned or operated by persons with felony drug convictions.
  • Dispensaries SHALL NOT allow onsite cannabis consumption and SHALL NOT sell or allow consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dispensaries MUST prepare and follow comprehensive Security Plans.
  • Dispensaries MUST ensure cannabis edibles are clearly labeled and packaged to protect minors.
  • Dispensaries MUST pay a 7% tax.

MEASURE BB OPENS UP THE CITY OF VISTA TO AN UNLIMITED NUMBER “UBER-STYLE” CANNABIS DELIVERY SERVICES

The proposed alternative to Measure Z, Measure BB only allows cannabis to be sold in Vista via difficult to regulate cannabis delivery services. In so doing, Measure BB allows an unlimited number of out-of-town cannabis delivery services to deliver into Vista.

ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018, VOTE “YES” ON MEASURE Z

Cody W. Campbell
Former Vista City Councilmember

Rodney Allen
Chair, Vistans for Safe Community Access

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters
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