Colorado’s mercurial political nature was on full display Tuesday, with voters overwhelmingly approving taxes on marijuana sales but rejecting an income tax hike for schools.
Further bringing marijuana into the mainstream, Colorado voters decided Tuesday to treat the blossoming industry like other businesses by passing hefty taxes designed to raise money for schools and regulation.
Those who felt the proposed marijuana law in Denver went too far have gotten their way — in part. The draft ordinance has been revised so that people don’t have to worry about being cited for smoking pot in their backyards.
Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl is happy to think he’s contributing to the success of Washington’s grand experiment in regulating marijuana by advising his clients on how to navigate the industry’s legal complexities.
Marijuana’s journey in legalization takes another step in Colorado when voters decide Tuesday whether to tax it more for the sake of schools and enforcement.
On Tuesday, voters decide whether to approve a 15 percent pot excise tax to pay for school construction, plus an extra sales tax of 10 percent to fund marijuana enforcement.
The debate continues over which counties will receive money if Coloradoans pass a sales tax on recreational marijuana. Some counties, which don’t allow recreational marijuana, still say they should get a cut.
Dignitaries from three nations sniffed marijuana, walked through greenhouses full of tagged marijuana plants and learned about video pot surveillance on a three-day Weed 101 tour in Colorado, which has a regulated marijuana market and is planning to expand sales to all adults in a few weeks.
Ski areas are sending out a reminder to skiers who like to smoke marijuana: Colorado’s new pot laws do not apply on the slopes.
Marijuana’s acceptance is growing in Latin America as much as in the U.S., but the support is top-down in most countries except the United States, editors were told Monday at the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association.