With the hours winding down, Colorado lawmakers had a number of big-ticket items to consider before the end of the session on Wednesday, including marijuana legislation and tax aid to homeowners devastated by floods and wildfires.
Colorado schools are getting a lot more money next year. But the education spending bills nearing completion in the state Legislature haven’t been as popular as they might seem.
A Colorado plan to set up the world’s first financial system for marijuana has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature, despite deep reservations from supporters that the plan will work.
The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn’t agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn’t tightly controlled.
Colorado would save most of its marijuana tax money while spending about $23 million on school nurses and drug treatment and outreach under a plan approved Tuesday be legislative budget writers.
Sales tax revenue on recreational marijuana in Colorado is down compared to early projections.
Sales of recreational marijuana rose slightly in Colorado in the second month of retail sales, according to state tax estimates released Tuesday.
Century-old elections language sparked a fiery partisan debate in the Colorado Senate on Thursday as Democrats steered through an update to recall laws despite complaints that they’re trying to change the rules in their favor.
Colorado Democrats say they have a nonpartisan plan to update antiquated election law when it comes to recall elections.
Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world’s first accounting of the recreational pot business.