Costa Mesa sets 7% tax on pot sales as rules formed for retail cannabis shops

Until now, Santa Ana has been the only Orange County city to permit storefront sales of cannabis, though Costa Mesa and a few others let manufacturing, distribution and other aspects of the business in, and Stanton has approved four companies to open retail stores.

Not everyone is satisfied with the new rules.

In a phone interview, resident Jim Peters said he voted for the measure to regulate cannabis sales because he supports taxing them, but he doesn’t think the ballot language made clear that they can be in commercial zones city-wide.

“To me as a parent with young kids, it’s kind of disturbing to know those stores can be all throughout the city now,” Peters said.

Stephens said the city is setting out a variety of rules for how the businesses can look, and they can’t advertise outside with sandwich boards or sign twirlers.

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