More Colorado marijuana election results are in. The biggest news is that marijuana has been banned in Fort Collins and the 33 licenses pending for dispensary owners there will be thrown in the trash by the Department of Revenues new Queen of the Pot Clowns Laura Harris.
In Summit County Colorado voters and dispensaries took the opposite approach to further legitimatize marijuana, by increasing tax on it. The marijuana communities of Frisco and Breckenridge known for world class skiing and snowboarding and excellent mountain grown cannabis have decided to raise taxes by another 5% on medical marijuana. Now patients at dispensaries will have to pay close to 15% tax on their resort town medical marijuana purchases. Taxing something that is still somewhat in legal limbo is probably the best way of making marijuana seem more legal. Dispensary owners in the mountains can now say “hey it’s legal I pay my taxes.” A 15% tax on cannabis is sure to offend many patients and drive patients to find new sources of marijuana like caregivers. The increase in tax was supported by roughly 75% of voters in Frisco in Breckenridge. Not everyone in the resort towns buys weed from dispensaries and obviously those that don’t just want to see more tax for their community and then call it good.
The caregiver – patient model is the only constitutionally protected model of cannabis growing and distribution in Colorado and has been the only model not to be attacked by the general public and the State Capital.
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