Cannabis Business Tax Policies and Land Use Penalty Relief

Board of Supervisors Agenda Item for May 23, 2017

Sonoma County Cannabis ProgramThe Code Enforcement Temporary Penalty Relief Program recommended in this item would assist with implementing the Transition Period in the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and incentivizing compliance with permitting requirements by giving currently operating businesses until August 31, 2017, to file initial applications and deferring some permit requirements to give operators time to comply.

This item also provides various Cannabis Business Tax policy options for the Board to consider and provide direction on, including which operators are taxed, initial taxation rates, locking in rates for a certain period of time, timing of tax payments for outdoor cultivators, and taxation during the transition period. Based on this direction, staff would return with an ordinance in June.

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