Fresno looks to reap millions on marijuana tax, with early returns favoring Measure A

Fresno is headed toward a marijuana tax measure that officials estimate could bring in $10 million annually for police, roads and other community services.

According to early returns Tuesday, 70 percent of voters in 85 percent of precincts reporting, voted for Measure A. The measure, which aims to tax potential commercial cannabis business operations, needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

“Whether you agree with cannabis or you think it’s moral to use it or not, it’s here. It is now going to be part of our lives forever,” said Fresno City Councilman Clint Olivier. “Right now we have illicit cannabis businesses in city limits that are not paying taxes. This is a way to license these businesses and tax them and mitigate the effect of cannabis on our city.”

California voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, allowing consumption for people 21 and older and up to six plants inside a private

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