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NEW LAWS AFFECTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND EDUCATION

Several new laws that take affect in 2020 will affect the criminal justice system and those who come in contact with it. Social workers and probation officers will be required to give children who are in foster care two weeks notice if the foster parents have requested a placement change. Adults who have survived sexual abuse as a child will be allowed to file a lawsuit up until they are 40 years old, or even later, if they can connect the abuse to a psychological injury or illness in the last five years. And as of January 1, private prisons and immigration detention centers will no longer be allowed to sign or renew contracts with the state. The goal is to abolish private prisons and detention centers by 2028. And employers, co-workers, and teachers who fear someone will harm themselves or others can get a restraining order for gun violence. This will allow law enforcement officers to take away a person’s guns.

Reporter Ernest Figueroa has more about new laws affecting education in California…

Dreamers—young, undocumented residents who were brought to the U.S. as children—who want to get a graduate degree from a public university in California will be eligible for student loans and in-state tuition. Parents can decide if their children can take medical marijuana on a school campus. Students must have a doctor’s prescription, and the marijuana can’t be stored on the school campus. 

CANNABIS TAX REVENUES INCREASE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE QUARTER

Sales of marijuana became legal in California as of January 1, 2018. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported increased revenue numbers this week for cannabis sales for the third quarter of 2018. Managing editor Tami Roleff says no municipalities in the Morongo Basin permit the commercial cultivation or sale of cannabis…

When sales of marijuana became legal in California January 1, two new state cannabis taxes also went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market, and a 15 percent excise tax on the purchase of cannabis and cannabis products. In addition, cannabis and its products are subject to state and local sales taxes. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry has been steadily increasing each quarter this year. For the third quarter, tax revenue totaled $93.1 million, $80.2 million for the second quarter, and $60.9 million for the first quarter. Medicinal cannabis is exempt from sales tax if the buyer holds a medical marijuana ID card.

California’s cannabis excise tax generated $52.4 million in revenue reported on 3rd quarter returns received through October 31, 2018. The cultivation tax generated $12 million, and the sales tax generated $28.7 million in reported revenue. Retail sales of medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis products are exempt from sales and use taxes if the purchaser provides a valid Medical Marijuana Identification card and valid government-issued identification card. Previously reported revenue for 2nd quarter returns was revised to $80.2 million, which included $42.3 million in excise tax, $4.7 million in cultivation tax, and $33.2 million in sales tax. Revisions to quarterly data in prior periods are the result of amended and late returns, and other tax return adjustments.

YUCCA VALLEY HOLDS MEASURE “L” INFORMATIONAL SESSION TOMORROW

Yucca Valley voters will be asked to vote on a citizen’s initiative, Measure L, that, if passed, would allow commercial cultivation and processing of cannabis in certain areas of the town. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the town will hold meetings where residents can find out more about the measure…

The Town of Yucca Valley will hold informational sessions for Measure L prior to the primary election set for June 5. Measure L is a citizens’ initiative that, if passed by Yucca Valley voters, would allow commercial cultivation and processing of cannabis in certain zoning districts in the town of Yucca Valley. The sessions are set for May 23, 30, and June 4 at noon in the Cholla Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The town has
information about Measure L on its website at yucca-valley.org. Town staff members are available to give presentations about Measure L to community groups; to schedule a presentation, call 760-369-7209 extension 226.

CALIFORNIA RELEASES CANNABIS TAX NUMBERS

Sales of marijuana became legal in California as of January 1, 2018. The State of California recently released its first tax revenue numbers for cannabis for the first quarter of 2018. Managing editor Tami Roleff says even if Measure L—which permits the cultivation and processing of marijuana in Yucca Valley—passes in June, it’s unlikely that the town will see any tax revenue from cannabis for several years…

When sales of marijuana became legal in California January 1, two new state cannabis taxes also went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market, and a 15 percent excise tax on the purchase of cannabis and cannabis products. In addition, cannabis and its products are subject to state and local sales taxes. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $60.9 million for the first three months of 2018. In addition, sales taxes brought in an extra $27.3 million. Medicinal cannabis is exempt from sales tax if the buyer holds a medical marijuana ID card. But Yucca Valley’s Measure L does not include any provision for the town to tax either the cultivation or sale of cannabis. Voters would have to approve a tax, and it’s unlikely a tax measure would be ready to vote on until the November 2020 election.

MORONGO BASIN HEALTH CARE DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will meet tonight. On the agenda, Medical Cannabis and Community Health Needs Assessment. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in…
The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will meet in a regular meeting tonight. Of interest will be an overview presentation by Ruth Hill about “Medical Cannabis,” followed by nominations for the Special Districts Selection Committee. CEO Jackie Combs will also present an overview of the Community Health Needs Assessment, prepared by the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the MBHD office at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca Valley.