Recommends No on Measure R. Marygold Delivery would like to encourage Contra Costa County to engage with the cannabis industry and to create regulations that promote jobs, safety, opportunity, and consumer access.
Measure R fails to achieve these goals.
Simply put, the tax rates for retail and manufacturing are too high. If the county is concerned about the black market and its detrimental effects, it needs to create legislation that attracts legal businesses. A 4-6% tax rate of gross receipts will discourage retail, delivery, and manufacturing companies from locating in unincorporated Contra Costa, especially if these businesses are restricted to medical-only products.
At Marygold Delivery we have enacted special promotions to mitigate the cost of the medical cannabis card because of the additional cost and time required to obtain a medical recommendation from a doctor and the medical cannabis state ID card from their Department of Public Health. Adult-use and medical products by and large the same products and the health benefits that recreational users receive by consuming cannabis cannot be marginalized. Adult Use vs Medical is something dreamed up by legislators to further capitalize on OUR HEALTH CARE.
Unfortunately, Contra Costa County has been and remains hostile to the industry which is strange because every city in Contra Costa County voted overwhelmingly in favor of Prop 64 in 2016. While communities in San Francisco and Alameda Counties spent the previous two years planning and executing legislation for commercial cannabis services, Contra Costa County officials held meetings throughout 2017 with an agenda rife with misinformation, hyperbole, and fear-driven propaganda. It was clear that county leaders failed to seek input from key industry stakeholders and subject matter experts: cannabis patients, cannabis organizations, and cannabis companies. Consequently, East Contra Costa residents still lack access to retail services. Now, these same officials want to cash in by gouging companies that presently have very few options this side of the Caldecott.
Marygold Delivery and the cannabis industry recommends that you vote No on Measure R to send a message to legislators that the residents of Contra Costa County and the cannabis industry refuse to accept unfair regulations and disproportionate taxation. Higher tax rates equate to higher prices for consumers. It’s not uncommon for consumers to pay 30-40% in sales and excise tax, and these rates are unreasonable. We’d like to challenge county officials to create regulations that promote safe and responsible commercial cannabis while providing affordable services to those who need them the most: our sick and aging residents.
We must not forget that the cannabis movement was started to provide much needed medicine to our society because the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry became corrupted by greed. We did not come this far to further enrich corporate entities and the California government coffers. What’s happened in California in the name of progress has been an unqualified disaster to not only the businesses that made this possible but more importantly to the consumers.
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