A lawyer whose practice focuses on cannabis-related issues said Wednesday the apparent defeat of a San Joaquin County ballot measure that would have taxed licensed adult-use marijuana businesses is not a “feasible” position over the long haul.

The attorney, Zach Driven, made his remarks after the apparent defeat of Measure B, which aimed to establish a tax and a regulatory framework in unincorporated San Joaquin County.

Measure B needed approval by two-thirds of voters in order to pass. With tens of thousands of San Joaquin County ballots still to be counted, Measure B’s support was at 61.6 percent as of Wednesday. In terms of raw votes, Measure B’s support was nearly 14,700 votes shy of reaching the two-thirds plateau.

“Continuing a ban while consumers across the county are forced to spend their money with legal cannabis businesses outside our jurisdiction or with the black market would not seem to be a feasible option as commercial cannabis continues to garner more support and traction across California and the country as a whole,” Drivon said.

Backers of Measure B said the tax would have offset the $4 million cost of enforcement against illegal cannabis operations and would have provided additional funding for programs benefiting young people.

California voters approved the legalization of adult-use cannabis in 2016.

Following is a recap of where other San Joaquin County races stood as of Wednesday.

Lodi City Council

Incumbents Doug Kuehne and Alan Nakanishi ran unopposed. In District 2, incumbent Mark Chandler is leading by a 2-to-1 margin over challenger Spencer Rhoads.

Manteca Mayor

Incumbent Mayor Steve DeBrum narrowly trails challenger Benjamin Cantu in his re-election bid. The registrar reported a 126-vote difference between the two, with Cantu at 50.5 percent and DeBrum at 49.5 percent.

Manteca City Council

David Breitenbucher and Mike Morowit hold leads in a four-candidate race in which the top two will be elected. Breitenbucher has received 27.8 percent of the vote and Morowit, the incumbent, was at 26.7. Jose Nuño was at 25 percent (and 341 votes behind Morowit) and Chris Silva was at 20.5 percent.

Tracy City Council

Mayor Robert Rickman is holding a 54 percent to 46 percent lead over council member Nancy Young.

Dan Arriola (22 percent) and Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas (19 percent) are leading in the race for two City Council seats. Dotty Nygard, the third-place candidate in the six-candidate race, trails Vargas by 168 votes.

Lathrop City Council

Incumbent Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal ran unopposed.

In one race for the city council, Paul Akinjo (31 percent) and Diane Lazard (30 percent) lead a field of four in which the top two will win. Third-place candidate Minnie Diallo is at 25 percent.

Steve Dresser has a 3.5-percentage-point lead over Jennifer Torres-O’Callaghan to serve out the remaining two years of the term won by Ruben Sandoval, who passed away unexpectedly shortly after winning his election in 2016.

School board races

In Lincoln Unified District 1, incumbent Jenny Van De Pol has received nearly two-thirds of the vote in her race against challenger Samantha Chan.

Two seats are available in Manteca Unified. Marie Freitas (61 percent) holds a comfortable lead over Andrea Collins-Cambra (39 percent) in the District 4 race. In the fifth district, Cathy Pope-Gotschall has a 58 percent to 42 percent lead over incumbent Evelyn Moore.

In Lodi Unified, incumbent Bonnie Cassel trails challenger Susan MacFarlane by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin. In the fourth district, Courtney Porter (56 percent) has a comfortable lead over his opponents, Dave Sorgent (26 percent) and Kanwaljeet Gill (18 percent). Fifth district incumbent Ron Heberle (76 percent) looks to be well on his way to being re-elected. Trailing is challenger Ramon Yepez (24 percent).

In Tracy Unified, the top four recipients of votes will be elected. The four leaders among nine candidates as of Wednesday were Stephen Abercrombie (17.4 percent), Lori Souza (14.2), Ameni Alexander (12.3) and Simran Kaur (11.7). The fifth-place candidate, James Young Sr., is at 9.5 percent.

Contact reporter Roger Phillips at (209) 546-8299 or rphillips@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @rphillipsblog.