Cannabis dispensaries in Hermosa Beach could face a tax — if they are allowed to open at all.
The City Council this week voted to place a cannabis tax on the Nov. 8 ballot. But even if voters OK that measure, the tax would only go into effect if another measure on the ballot, which would allow dispensaries in Hermosa, also passes.
The tax on cannabis businesses operating in Hermosa Beach could not exceed 10%, if approved by voters. The proposed measure is in response to an initiative that officially qualified for the ballot in March.
The City Council, in previous meetings, had been clear that it does not support bringing cannabis businesses to Hermosa, voting unanimously in May to oppose the Nov. 8 measure that would pave the way for marijuana stores.
Hermosa Beach was one of the first South Bay cities, followed by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, to ban cannabis in early 2017.
Hermosa resident Colton Chacker intially launched the initiative effort, but did so on behalf of Catalyst Cannabis Co., a Long Beach dispensary chain sponsoring similar initiatives throughout the beach cities. The initiative, if approved, would allow two retail cannabis stores in the small beach town.