Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Remember Cannabis 2016


Let's look back to the California legal cannabis election results in 2016.

Since November 9, 2016 legal cannabis was created after overwhelming approval by California voters. Those counties that did not vote in favor had their voices heard (sort of). Those counties that voted yes are entitled to allow legal retail cannabis businesses to open and operate with good public policy from both the state and local levels. Legal cannabis has rolled out with great success but more work needs to be done.  In 2021, a statewide report was issued citing not one legal cannabis retailer allowed a minor to enter their store since legalization.  Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok are the enemies here.

Cities are welcoming the increased tax revenue as well as the additional "community benefits" cannabis applicants offer. During the pandemic legal cannabis was deemed an "essential" business to remain open. Allowing a legal cannabis retail business in your business/shopping districts increases foot traffic to revitalize those areas littered with vacant storefronts.

Below is a reminder of how your residents voted in 2016:

CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE                  57.13%

SAN MATEO COUNTY                        62.96%
Brisbane  68.9%
Unincorporated  67.8%
Pacifica  67.4%
Half Moon Bay  67.3%
Menlo Park  66.7%
East Palo Alto  66.6%
Redwood City  66.2%  (Allowed legal cannabis retail businesses March 2022)
Portola Valley  65.5%    
Woodside  65.3%
San Carlos  65.0%
San Mateo  64.1%
Belmont  64.0%
Burlingame  63.0%
San Bruno  60.4%
Foster City  59.3%
Colma  58.7%
South San Francisco  57.8%
Atherton  57.8%
Daly City  56.3%
Millbrae 55.5%
Hillsborough  54.0%

SANTA CLARA COUNTY                   58.3%
Campbell  62.78%
Cupertino  50.50%
Gilroy  56.78%
Los Altos  58.56%
Los Altos Hills  58.54%
Los Gatos  61.95%
Milpitas  51.24%
Monte Sereno  58.47%
Morgan Hill  57.37%
Mountain View  67.66%
Palo Alto   65.90%
San Jose  57.10%  (Allowed legal cannabis retail businesses December 2015)
Santa Clara  58.99%
Saratoga  53.01%
Stanford  78.64%
Sunnyvale  59.46%

ALAMEDA COUNTY                          66.4%
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY               60.7%
MONTEREY COUNTY                       62.6%
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY             74.3%
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY                    69.9%

40 out of 57 California counties approved Proposition 64 in 2016.

Sources: - Ballotpedia,org - Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters