Fresno looks to reap millions on marijuana tax, with Measure A narrowly gaining approval

Fresno city voters appear to have approved a marijuana tax measure that officials estimate could bring in $10 million annually for police, roads and other community services.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, nearly 70 percent of voters approved Measure A, 48,730 to 21,183. The measure, which aims to tax potential commercial cannabis business operations, needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass. The vote totals could change in the days ahead as vote-by-mail and provisional ballots are counted.

“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.”

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