Voters in Fillmore will be asked in November whether the city should tax the sale and cultivation of marijuana, even though selling and growing it for any reason is illegal in the city and will remain so into the foreseeable future.
But city leaders said they wanted to have a tax mechanism in place in case the council changes its mind later, especially if Californians vote Nov. 8 to legalize recreational marijuana.
Its a precaution in case marijuana is legalized, City Manager Dave Rowlands said. Well be ready for it.
Although marijuana taxes have been approved by many California cities, including Los Angeles, Palms Springs and San Jose, other Ventura County cities appear reluctant to follow suit.
Instead, they want to see how an initiative on the November ballot that would legalize recreational marijuana in California plays out.
Were doing our research to determine what we might need to do in the future, said Geoffrey Ware, code compliance manager for the city of Thousand Oaks.
Fillmores proposal would tax sales and distribution of marijuana at a rate of up to 15 percent.