Editorial: Little chance of cannabis tax benefit

The new state law legalizing marijuana has prompted cities like Los Altos to enact ordinances temporarily preventing commercial uses while leaders consider permanent regulations.

The Los Altos City Council’s recently approved urgency ordinance bans retail sales, but only until late November. Meanwhile, city staff have been asked to observe the impact of the law on other communities and report back. Of the options available, Los Altos could allow limited sales – one council member suggested along El Camino Real.

We think the city should enact a permanent ban on any marijuana-related retail businesses. People still have the option of private cultivation or acquiring it somewhere else and bringing it home. The only retail benefit could be additional sales-tax dollars, but the law carries a curious stipulation that cities must put a cannabis sales tax on the ballot for voters’ approval.

We could be wrong, but we just don’t see that happening in Los Altos anytime soon. Let’s keep this proverbial can of worms closed.

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