Deadline for Signatures: May 31, 2018

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Sign the Petition for the City of Marina Cannabis Ordinance 2018

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Notice of Intention to Circulate Petition

Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear heron of their intention to circulate the petition within the City of Marina for the purpose of allowing cannabis business activity and establishing fees and taxes on such businesses within the City of Marina.

A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows: To maintain current levels of police and fire protection, road maintenance, parks, and senior and recreation services, our city must grow its tax base AND generate revenues for a mature redeveloped downtown that will bring business to Marina to make our city economically sustainable. Neighboring city voters have already approved cannabis businesses and fees and taxes associated with them, such as we are proposing, that allow them to provide needed community services. These proposed businesses and related taxes and fees will generate an estimated $40,000 to $200,000 or more per year.

Title and Summary
from City Attorney

April 6, 2018


The City Attorney has prepared the following title and summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure:


This initiative ordinance would amend the City of Marina Municipal Code to permit cannabis businesses to operate in the City. Permitted businesses would include cannabis cultivation, cannabis manufacturing, cannabis distribution, cannabis testing labs, up to three non-medical “adult-use” cannabis retailers and up to three medical cannabis dispensaries. Each permitted cannabis retailer or dispensary would be allowed to operate only one location in the City, and they would be permitted to offer deliver services from that location. Subject to a special permit, on-site consumption of cannabis would be allowed at retailers. The ordinance would establish operating standards for each type of cannabis business and would permit cannabis businesses to operate only on land with certain commercial and industrial zoning designations in the City’s zoning ordinance. It would be illegal for a business to operate in violation of the operating standards. “Adult-use” retailers would be prohibited from admitting customers under twenty-one years old. Medical cannabis dispensary could serve only their members; and all such members must be either qualified patients or qualified primary caregivers. Persons under eighteen years old could be accepted as members only with written authorization of a parent or legal guardian, and such members could only enter a dispensary when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Hours for retailers and dispensaries would be limited to 9:00 am through 11:59 pm, and alcohol and tobacco products could not be sold or consumed on site. Each cannabis business would be subject to a business license tax calculated based on the gross receipts of the business. For retailers and dispensaries, the tax rate would be between 2.5 and 5% of gross receipts. For all other cannabis businesses, the tax rate would be between 2% and 5% of gross receipts. Rates would start at the stated minimum rate (i.e., 2.5% or 2%) upon adoption of the ordinance, and could be raised by the City Council to no higher than the stated maximum rate beginning on January 1, 2022. The requirements of the ordinance would not apply to (i) the individual possession or cultivation of cannabis for personal use or (ii) the usage, distribution, cultivation or processing from a residential unit or single non-residential parcel of land by a group of three or less qualified patients, primary caregivers, or “qualified adults.”


This initiative ordinance would amend the City of Marina Municipal Code to permit cannabis businesses to operate in the City. Permitted businesses would include cannabis cultivation, cannabis manufacturing, cannabis distribution, cannabis testing labs, up to three non-medical “adult-use” cannabis retailers and up to three medical cannabis dispensaries.

List of Zones to allow cannabis business activity:

How can I find out the zoning designation for my property?
You can contact the Planning Services Division at (831) 884-1220 with your street address or Assessor Parcel Number (APN).

Cannabis Taxes:

Payments are due quarterly on the 1st of January, April, July, and October each year.

political Endorsements

Bruce Delgado headshot, Mayor of the City of Marina

Bruce Delgado

Mayor of the City of Marina

“Similar to Monterey County, Del Rey Oaks, Salinas, Seaside and Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, this Cannabis proposal would legalize research and development, manufacturing, testing, commercial indoor cultivation, and retail dispensaries. These jobs and businesses would have spin off value to other Marina businesses and thus help our economy. Finally, Marina residents needing medical or cannabis products for adult use could stay in town to get them.”

Jane Parker

Monterey County Supervisor, District 4

“Now that California has legalized Cannabis at the state level, the City of Marina has an opportunity to develop and regulate this new industry responsibly so that the City and its residents will benefit. As a Monterey County Supervisor I support this initiative and applaud the efforts of those who are working to place it on the ballot.”

Adam Urrutia

Running for City of Marina City Council,
Member of the Marina Planning Commission

“I am supporting this initiative because it is the will of Marina’s residence. The vast majority of us voted to legalize cannabis in 2016. Let’s use the money we raise to make our neighborhoods and roads safer and improve our parks.”

Ryan Munevar

CannaDems President,
Monterey NORML Executive Director

“The City of Marina will thrive with sensible regulation and taxation for the Cannabis Industry. Jobs will be created, taxes will be collected, and the local infrastructure will be improved. As President of the CannaDems and Executive Director of Monterey County NORML I endorse this campaign and encourage you to as well.”

Joey Espinoza

President of the Coastal Growers Association,
Deputy Director of Monterey County NORML

“The vision for the Coastal Growers Association has always been to see the Safe and reliable access to cannabis through ethical, permitted, licensed, and legitimate businesses. That is why we fully support this initiative to allow for legal cannabis businesses in the city of Marina. We know that as more cities in our county begin to embrace cannabis we will create more jobs and generate tax revenue that will ultimately create a community benefit for all.”

Oliver Bates

Big Sur Farmers Association President

“Growing up on the Central Coast, Marina has been a pillar of blue collar and minority owned and operated businesses. These small business ma and pa  communities have been the back bone of many industries, including cannabis. Many of these businesses and individuals have been a fundamental support in our industry for decades. It’s time to let them shine. We support the people of Marina in there efforts to bring legal cannabis, tax revenue, and renewed small business opportunities to their community.”

Register to Vote in Marina

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Petition Sign Up Locations

Do you have a location that is willing to collect signatures for the cannabis petition?

Please send us the name and address of the location, as well as the person to contact with their email and phone please.

Thank you for supporting the cause!

Coffee Mia Brew Bar & Cafe

Address: 250 Reservation Rd Suite E, Marina, CA 93933

Monday-Friday 5AM–3PM
Saturday 5AM–3PM
Sunday 6AM–2PM

Phone: (831) 384-0148

Marina Spirit Vape and Smoke Shop

Address: 3170 Vista Del Camino Cir, Marina, CA 93933

Monday-Saturday 9AM–11PM
Sunday 9AM–10PM

Phone: (831) 920-2018

Rooster Wheels

Address: 3056 Del Monte Blvd #201, Marina, CA 93933

Monday-Friday 9:30AM–5PM
Saturday 9:30AM–5PM
Sunday Closed

Phone: (831) 582-2453

Techno Lock Marina

Address: 3170 Vista Del Camino #B, Marina, CA 93933

Monday-Friday 8:30AM–6PM
Saturday 9AM–2PM
Sunday Closed

Phone: (831) 384-4849


Address: 3074 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933

Monday-Saturday 11AM–8PM
Sunday 12–5PM

Phone: (831) 920-1738


Thank You to our Supporters!