Cannabis tax bound for Mountain View’s November ballot

Mountain View voters will decide in November whether the city should impose a special tax on marijuana businesses that may start operating by early next year.

If approved, the cannabis tax would be the second one in Santa Clara County after San Jose’s, which kicked in at the start of this year.

The City Council on Tuesday authorized placing a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would tax recreational cannabis businesses up to 9 percent of their earnings, ostensibly to be spent toward public safety and city services.

Mayor Lenny Siegel said Thursday that although the council may initiate a 9 percent tax, the ballot’s wording would allow the percentage to be lowered later without requiring another vote by residents. San Jose has a 10 percent cannabis  tax.

Siegel said staff this October will present the City Council with a draft ordinance setting the number of recreational marijuana dispensaries and pot delivery businesses

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