Santa Ana Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Shops

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Santa Ana voters have approved two measures that would legalize, tax and regulate medical marijuana shops in Santa Ana, according to results published by the Orange County Registrar of voters.

Measure BB, an initiative authorized by a 4-3 vote of city council members, establishes a zone in city industrial areas – clear of schools – where about a dozen marijuana dispensaries could operate under a set of rules, including a high tax rate.

That initiative won with 65.5 percent of the vote, with all precincts reporting.

Local marijuana collectives sponsored their own initiative that preceded the city effort.

That initiative, called Measure CC, would have allowed for a greater amount of collectives throughout the city, a lower tax rate and less stringent rules on citing near schools.

Measure CC received 54 percent of the vote.

Because the city-backed initiative received more votes, it is expected to be the measure that is implemented.

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