Los Angeles County voters will decide this fall whether to tax marijuana businesses to help pay for housing and health services for the homeless.

The ballot measure, approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, seeks to take a potentially significant new source of government revenues, from marijuana sales, and use it to address one of the region’s oldest and most intractable problems.

L.A.’s homeless population has been rising in recent years, and the proposed pot tax is part of a larger effort by city and county officials to finally put significantly more money behind easing the problems.

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Abby Sewell ~ Los Angeles Times ~

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