Since the state of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, many people ask the question, where does all the tax money go from pot sales? Denver provides one "concrete" answer.
Colorado Marijuana News and Politics
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Gardner, Cory - (R - CO)
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State marijuana law from FindLaw.com:
Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, and ever since then, people have been curious about how the law works. How much can I buy? Who can I buy from? Can I grow and/or sell it? Before making any decisions, make sure you know how the Rocky Mountain State’s new laws work. Here is a brief summary of Colorado’s marijuana laws as they currently stand.
Marijuana Laws in Colorado
Marijuana possession and sale are legal in Colorado, within certain limits. All buyers must be 21, and the Department of Revenue regulates all licensing.
Visitors to Colorado would understand pot is not treated the same by other state marijuana laws and remains illegal under federal law by way of the Controlled Substance Act. And regardless of what a state’s marijuana laws say, federal law will always supersede state law. Thus far, federal law enforcement agencies have left policing marijuana within the state to Colorado authorities, but the federal government hasn’t given up on enforcing restrictions on interstate cases of pot possession, manufacturing and cultivation and trafficking and distribution.
Marijuana Policy Project on Colorado:
Last update: September 28, 2015
At the beginning of 2014, Colorado became the first jurisdiction in the world to usher in a new era of regulated retail sales of marijuana for adults’ use, and today the results are overwhelmingly positive. Colorado collected more than $76 million in taxes and fees from the marijuana industry, a record amount will now go to schools, and voters are more supportive of marijuana legalization today than when they voted to end marijuana prohibition in 2012.
Meanwhile, overall crime in Denver is down slightly as compared to 2013. The state has licensed hundreds of retail dispensaries throughout the state and more than 16,000 individuals to work in the industry. That does not even include jobs created in collateral sectors, such as construction, law, accounting, and tourism. The success of Colorado’s unique industry has contributed to Denver’s commercial real estate boom and may have boosted the state’s record-breaking ski season. And despite dire warnings from prohibitionists, teen marijuana use has either remained steady or gone down, and driving fatalities have gone down. Click here for further details on life after legalization and regulation in Colorado.
Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains
In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.
If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.
State and city officials addressing social consumption
Government officials and business organizations in Colorado have expressed a commitment to developing laws that allow for the social use of marijuana by adults in commercial establishments.
Rep. Kit Roupe has drafted a bill which would establish a retail cannabis club license category, which she expects to introduce when the legislature reconvenes in 2016. Adult marijuana users would be allowed to consume at licensed establishments that admit only those 21 and older, and some could qualify to also serve food and alcohol.
Denver civic and business leaders also agreed to work on the issue after the Campaign for Limited Social Cannabis Use withdrew a city initiative to create such a law, which was poised for the 2015 ballot. The campaign arrived at the decision after engaging in several productive discussions with city council members, the city attorney, a representative from the mayor’s office, and leaders of several major business organizations, including the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Initiative backers are engaging in conversations with city officials and remain hopeful that they will result in a sensible social use law that the city is willing and able to implement. If not, they will have the option of putting one on the ballot during the 2016 presidential election, when increased voter turnout will create a more favorable electorate compared to this year.
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