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Chula Vista Moves Into The Marijuana Business

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Above: A jar containing dried cannabis flower sits on the shelf at Torrey Holistics dispensary, Dec. 28, 2017.

Chula Vista Moves Into The Marijuana Business

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Gustavo Solis, south bay reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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The Chula Vista City Council has approved an ordinance that would allow marijuana sales, cultivation and manufacturing, as long as voters approve a marijuana tax later this year.

The ordinance passed by the city council on Tuesday allows the creation of a dozen marijuana retailers in Chula Vista — three per council district — and 10 cultivation sites throughout the city. The retailers would be either storefronts or delivery services, though there can be no more than two storefronts in each district.

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"And at this point we'll begin working on the all the regulations that will be associated with this," said Deputy City Manager Kelly Bacon.

She said the new ordinance depends on Chula Vista voters approving a marijuana tax.

"We'll bring forward a tax measure for the November ballot. If for some reason that tax measure doesn't pass, it makes the ordinance null and void," she said.

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Chula Vista anticipates the marijuana business would generate $6 million annually in tax revenue. Bacon said the revenue generated by marijuana businesses was a key consideration.

"The positive being that you will have another revenue source in your city," she said. "The negative part of that is you're going to have to put money into the enforcement to keep those illegal operators out of your city."

Chula Vista expects it will tax wholesale and retail sales, and cultivation based on square footage.

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