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City of Avalon
Measure E -

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Election Results

Failing

435 votes yes (41.55%)

612 votes no (58.45%)

ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: Should the City of Avalon expand its current commercial cannabis ordinance from medical delivery only to allow for adult use/recreational delivery sales within the City of Avalon city limits?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Scott H. Campbell, City Attorney

The City of Avalon Municipal Code (AMC §5-20.040) currently permits one (1) medical cannabis-only delivery-only service to operate within the City, subject to State and City operating regulations. The Municipal Code authorizes the City Council at a future date to expand the number of permitted medical cannabis-only delivery-only services to two (2). Medical cannabis storefront operations are currently prohibited. Further, all adult use/recreational cannabis businesses are prohibited, either storefront or delivery.

On October 15, 2019, the City Council voted to place Advisory Measure "E" on the March 3, 2020 general municipal election ballot. Advisory Measure "E" is for advisory purposes only and will not in any manner amend current City law or permit additional cannabis businesses to operate within the City. New cannabis businesses may only be permitted by future City Council ordinance or by a future binding measure approved by Avalon voters.

If enacted by a majority of Avalon voters, this Advisory Measure would advise the City Council that the voters desire to amend the Avalon Municipal Code in order to permit adult use/recreational cannabis delivery-only services to operate within the City. This is in addition to medical cannabis delivery-only services which are currently permitted under the Municipal Code.

This Advisory Measure does not make a recommendation about storefront cannabis businesses. A companion measure, Advisory Measure "F" is also on this ballot and seeks the voters' opinion regarding storefront cannabis businesses within the City.

A "yes" vote on Advisory Measure "E" will recommend that adult use/recreational cannabis delivery-only services be permitted to operate within the City.

A "no" vote on Advisory Measure "E" will not recommend that adult use/recreational cannabis delivery-only services be permitted to operate within the City.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

NO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

Arguments AGAINST

Vote No on Advisory Measure E

A lot has happened in the last year. After extensive research, the US Surgeon General released an advisory on Marijuana.

"I, Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with the misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation's youth."

Dr. Adams additionally stated that one in five people who begin using marijuana in their teens will become addicted. Rehab is expensive.

To be successful, one needs to be a fast learner and motivated. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, marijuana effects include anxiety, paranoia, learning problems and lack of motivation.

The taxes from Marijuana sales have been a fraction of what was expected and promised by Cannabis advocates. The Black market is thriving and the legal market has faltered in California.

Now, we have had a vaping crisis involving the THC in Marijuana with thousands of severe lung injuries. What else is in store that we didn't expect?

The poor tax revenues and the unexpected health problems of today's genetically modified pot have taken the center stage.

In Avalon, we have a continued problem of alcohol ending up among our teens. Increasing access to today's powerful pot will hurt our teens and young adults.

Protect our youth. Vote NO on these measures that will perpetuate a culture of normalizing substance abuse. 

RHONDA KALISH
Director Catalina Choices

DAWN SAMPSON
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DONALD BEAVER
Teacher

RAFFAELLA PERICO
Income Audit (Catalina Island Co.)

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