Colorado Counties Ban Sale of Marijuana, Want Share of Proposed State Sales Tax Anyway

not gonna sugarcoat itReasonAs Colorado works on a statewide tax regime for recreational marijuana, counties that are banning the sale of marijuana in their jurisdictions are already arguing they should get a portion of the state ax revenue on marijuana.

CBS Denver reports:

The debate continues over which counties will receive money if Coloradans pass a sales tax on recreational marijuana.

Some Colorado counties want their slice of marijuana sales tax revenues — even those who voted against recreational marijuana, such as Douglas County. Some call it hypocritical.

The answer is going to be then, why was my county not able to opt out of allowing the smoking of it at all?” Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert said.

Hilbert argues that counties next to those that allow it to be sold will need to pay for an assortment of social problems produced by marijuana smokers.

Hilbert mentioned families that experience “financial problems,” unspecified “domestic situations” and even “child neglect issues” as problems his government will need more money to deal with because of the legalization of marijuana. Supporters of legalization in the legislature point out the legalization of marijuana saves the counties money by freeing police and jail resources previously wasted on marijuana users.

The coming taxes on legal marijuana are set to be a lot stiffer than the taxes on alcohol, the product marijuana was supposed to be taxed and regulated in a similar fashion to according to the proposition that legalized it in Colorado.

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  • waffles||

    an assortment of social problems produced by marijuana smokers

    Such as?

    What a fistful of dumbcunts. They really want to have it both ways. For fun replace marijuana smokers with your favorite privileged minority.

  • trshmnstr||

    All the vending machines and convenience stores are perpetually empty!

    What a major social problem!

  • Brandon||

    why was my county not able to opt out of allowing the smoking of it at all?

    Because there are other people in your county, and you don't actually own the entire thing.

  • From the Tundra||

    This seems to escape most of them, Brandon.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    not gonna sugarcoat it

    I am so jealous of John right now.

  • Brett L||

    Ed actually reads the comments! OMG! He's soooo dreamy.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Oh for the days when Lucy was here...

  • Brett L||

    Who?

  • ||

    Hilbert argues that counties next to those that allow it to be sold will need to pay for an assortment of social problems produced by marijuana smokers.

    Sure, you money hungry fuck. And counties that allow dipshits like you to run them will need to pay for the assortment of financial problems shitheads like you will produce. Fuck you.

  • Anomalous||

    Why do you hate teh chilrdunz?

  • ||

    Because they're annoying?

  • From the Tundra||

    AND expensive, the little fuckers.

  • Brett L||

    Well, the government made them expensive. They used to be able to do a day's work and earn their own keep.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It's true. Marijuana makes people stupid.

  • Brandon||

    Just not necessarily the ones who use it.

  • chris3145||

    And it also promotes anxiety unrealistic doom paranoia irrational fear............and thats the non users......

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Hilbert argues that counties next to those that allow it to be sold will need to pay for an assortment of social problems produced by marijuana smokers."

    They really don't grok legalization.

    Who gets the benefits of not having the social problems associated with marijuana smokers anymore? ...that's what they should be arguing about.

  • Brett L||

    Yes, and the jail and prosecution savings directly offset these "social costs".

  • SugarFree||

    The ONDCP stooges are in full force on this Atlantic article.

    c_laird478 bigmyc • 17 hours ago −
    You don't understand what I am trying to tell you, which isn't surprising since you are probably too stoned to comprehend much of anything. But let me try again to make it more plain for you so that you might even be able to comprehend it while stoned.

    Someone who is drunk or stoned has impaired mental faculties. That is why it is recommended that someone who is drunk or stoned should not drive a car. Now try to think real hard and I trust you can also see how that relates to any arena of competition. It would be obvious to anyone who IS NOT stoned or drunk that the competitor who is drunk or stoned would be significantly impaired in competition with a normally equal adversary who isn't impaired by alcohol or pot.

    Come to think of it, though, it might be a good way to ensure one's own victory in a competitive arena; to make sure one's opponent IS stoned or drunk. Imagine how much easier it would be to beat someone at tennis or chess or for a job if you were in complete command of your own mental faculties while your opponent was stoned or drunk out of their gourd.
  • Wizard4169||

    So, therefore, we must enact testing and draconian penalties, since athletes are too stupid to avoid disadvantaging themselves.

  • chris3145||

    Being drunk and smoking cannabis are not even close to the same thing.........one question why does the world doping agency that drug tests olympic athletes treat cannabis as a performance enhancing drug for such sports as target shooting down hill ski'ing snow boarding......getting up on your soapbox and shouting down at people doesnt make you right........just lets everyone know how much you enjoy being ignorant.......you also might want to google marijuana and MMA fighters lol hahaha people like you are being regulated to the dust bin of a draconian era long to be remembered as the 90year lie about cannabis.......as far as punctuation piss off am on my iphone and far to stoned on some great sour diesel to worry about punctuation lol hahahahahaha you go one advocating to keep spending billions to try and stop me and ill keep enjoying my tax free cannabis hahaha ps i live in a decriminalized state its no worse than a parking ticket.......good luck with your drug war hahahahahahsha

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Imagine how much easier it would be to beat someone at tennis or chess or for a job if you were in complete command of your own mental faculties while your opponent was stoned or drunk out of their gourd.

    I'm imagining it right now.

  • Brett L||

    Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, for instance never out-played other professionals while drunk to what would now be felonious levels, right?

  • chris3145||

    to pay for an assortment of social problems produced by marijuana smokers. Are these people serious with this BS? 25 million regular users in the US.......dont ever here about the assortment of social problems lol hahahahaha the only sad social problem with regards to cannabis is getting caught......

  • chris3145||

    I really wish my state was arguing over this :(

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