Huntington Beach Will Send Commercial Cannabis Question to Voters

The Huntington Beach City Council is prepared to let voters decide whether to legalize commercial marijuana in the city.

Last week, leaders voted 5-2 to direct staff to develop two resolutions placing commercial legalization on the November ballot. One measure would legalize sales, while the other would impose taxes of up to 6% for retailers and 1% for nonretailers.

Councilmembers Mike Posey and Erik Peterson were the “no” votes.

Currently, there are only two cities in Orange County where recreational sales are legal — Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. Councilman Dan Kalmick is confident that Huntington Beach would join the fray if voters are given the chance.