A measure to establish a cannabis business license tax in Madera is headed to the November ballot.
The tax would not be collected, however, unless the council in the future agreed to legalize marijuana businesses in the city.
Madera City Council voted 5-2 on July 15 to place the measure on the ballot and give voters the chance to decide on enacting the tax.
However, Madera does not currently permit cannabis businesses, meaning the tax would not have any effect unless the city council decided to legalize marijuana businesses in the future.
The measure will require a majority vote to pass in November.
California voters approved Proposition 64 in November 2016, which legalized the use of recreational marijuana.
Shortly following that, the state legislature passed the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, which created a licensing and regulatory framework, allowing cities to tax marijuana businesses.
In May, the city council got the ball rolling by beginning…