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City of Hemet
Measure Y - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


7,726 votes yes (37.16%)

13,066 votes no (62.84%)

100% of precincts reporting (25/25).

20,792 ballots counted.

Shall the privately proposed measure be adopted allowing an unlimited number of non-retail cannabis businesses in manufacturing zones without a city-issued discretionary approval, subject to limited separation requirements, giving certain cannabis business operators priority over others in establishing their businesses in the City, and taxing cannabis businesses at the rate of $10 / square foot of space used in connection with commercial cannabis activity, estimated to yield $1,000,000 in revenues annually and in perpetuity?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Hemet

Measure Y will allow indoor cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and testing laboratories to operate in the City’s manufacturing zoning districts by right and without a discretionary permit from the City or City-conducted background checks. Retail sales of cannabis and outdoor cultivation would remain prohibited.

A proposed cannabis business may not locate on a lot that is within 1,000 feet of three or more lots where cannabis businesses have already been approved to locate. Measure Y does not include separation requirements from residential zones, schools, parks or other sensitive uses.

Prior to opening, the City Clerk must first verify that a proposed cannabis business is in a permissible location. The City Clerk must start accepting applications from proposed cannabis businesses 31 days after Measure Y takes effect. From that date until 99 days after Measure Y takes effect, only businesses that filed an “official business entity formation document” with the Secretary of State on or before October 6, 2017 containing the exact phrase “Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” may submit an application with the City Clerk. Thereafter, any proposed cannabis business may submit an application to the City Clerk. The City Clerk has 10 days to provide the verification after receipt of a complete application.

Measure Y was placed on the ballot by private proponents. It creates the opportunity for those businesses that are eligible to submit an application to the City Clerk between the 31st and 99th day after Measure Y takes effect to establish a monopoly on the cannabis industry in the City. Those businesses may strategically site their proposed facilities to block competitors from being able to locate a permissible site.

Cannabis businesses would be required to obtain a State license and operate in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations. Measure Y includes limited additional operational requirements on cannabis businesses, including a prohibition on holding more than $200 in cash overnight. Signage is limited to one wall sign.

Measure Y would impose an annual general tax of $10 per square foot on each cannabis business.  Square footage used “continuously and exclusively” for clerical / office space, restrooms, visitor / waiting areas, lunch / break rooms, and storage of items other than cannabis are not subject to the tax.

A “yes” vote is a vote to allow non-retail cannabis businesses to operate in the City without a discretionary permit from the City and taxing those businesses at $10 per square foot annually. A “no” vote is a vote to maintain the City Council’s authority to adopt regulations permitting or prohibiting cannabis businesses. Measure Y conflicts with Measure Z and both measures cannot be approved. Measure Y will be approved if it receives a simple majority of “yes” votes and Measure Z does not. If both measures receive a simple majority of “yes” votes, the measure with the most “yes” votes will be approved.


Eric S. Vail 
City Attorney, City of Hemet

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Y. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (951) 765-2395 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also view the Full Text of Measure Y at

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR


— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Don't be fooled by the title of this measure! "Y" is not truly a "citizen" driven measure. In reality, it allows commercial cannabis cultivation and processing facilities to operate in Hemet without any discretionary approval from the City and with only minimal operational regulations.

Here are just a few reasons why "Y" would be bad for Hemet:

·         This measure would essentially exempt these businesses from the City's current prohibition on commercial cannabis activity.

·         Noticeably absent from Measure Y is any requirement to conduct background investigations on employees. Criminals could run these businesses!

·         Profits above community safety; there is no mention of security safeguards at proposed facilities, and they are often targets for armed robbery!

·         Federal law classifies cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin because of its "high potential for abuse." Even though California law legalized cannabis use for those over 21, the conflict between State and Federal laws has yet to be resolved.

·         Once a commercial cannabis operation has been "exempted" it may later move to another site, potentially too close to your child.

·         They could be growing and processing POT too close to schools, churches and parks.

·         Cannabis facilities would be allowed to exist immediately adjacent to residential areas.

·         It creates a monopoly for one business! Does that sound like open markets and fairness?

·         The proposed $10 per square foot tax rate will not generate sufficient revenue to cover City permit costs or offset City expenses related to enforcement of illegal retail cannabis distribution.

·         Voter approval would be required before the City could increase the tax rate.

This is simply bad law that favors the monopolistic cannabis businesses and won't adequately help Hemet combat illegal cannabis operations. Vote NO on "Y"

Linda Krupa
Michael Perciful

Russ Brown

Bonnie Wright

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
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