Marijuana Repeal Considered In Colorado

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Marijuana legalization may have received more votes from Coloradans than President Obama--who carried the state--but some lawmakers are still mulling over a repeal.

As the debate over how to tax marijuana rages on, sister station KCNC reports that a draft bill floating around the Capitol proposes repealing recreational marijuana if voters don't approve a 15 percent excise tax on retail pot and a 15 percent marijuana sales tax.

The proposal infuriated marijuana activists, who accused lawmakers of using trying to find ways to get around pot legalization.

Some lawmakers argue that the purpose of legalizing marijuana was to bring more revenue into the state, particularly for education, and that if it's not accomplishing that it shouldn't be legal.

Supporters of marijuana legalization may not need to worry--some lawmakers told KCNC that they didn't believe the state would overturn something so popular with voters.

“That’s almost like saying to voters, ‘Vote for this, or else,’” Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said about the draft bill. “I don’t think you threaten voters like that. When over 55 percent of the people vote for something, I think we have to respect that.”

Marijuana repeal debate could dominate the Legislature’s closing days. The path to repeal would be uncertain, but some lawmakers say it’s only fair to ask again if voters are willing to legalize pot and risk federal intervention in exchange for a tax windfall projected to exceed $100 million a year.

If the proposal were to pass, voters could see it on the ballot later this year. It would not affect the legalization of medical marijuana.



 
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