Pot Tax Holiday by the Numbers

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Thanks to a legislative provision in the Colorado Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights, the ‘pot tax holiday’ is a reality. Marijuana users statewide have marked their calendars for this once-in-a-lifetime event. September 16, 2015 will go down in infamy to many partakers of the Colorado chronic. By the same legislative measure, the 10% recreational marijuana tax was permanently reduced to 8% in July 2017. The fanfare about House Bill 15-1367 in social media circles has been swift and - not surprisingly - mostly positive. Most Coloradans have seen or heard the story of the impending pot tax holiday and eventual recreational marijuana tax reduction through their Colorado-based news platform of choice, by now. What the Colorado public may not know is exactly what the holiday and recreational tax reduction does…
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Marijuana Bills Rejected in 2015

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The Seventieth General Assembly of the Colorado legislature has been busy. Very busy. Both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives pushed highly publicized bills to the Governor’s desk for approval before the May 6 end of session deadline. Most pieces of legislation were quickly approved by Governor Hickenlooper. Others - like the bill potentially eliminating red light cameras - were quickly vetoed, much to the chagrin of the masses. Still other bills were inexplicably killed on either the House or Senate floor, awaiting another year before the possibility of change. The rain barrel collection amendment to the Colorado constitution being the largest. Often, it is the rejected and vetoed legislation that can have a larger impact on the Colorado public than any similar legislation that passes. Marijuana regulation and…
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Changes in Colorado Cannabis Laws

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They say in a New York minute, everything can change. Maybe it’s Colorado’s location far away from the hustle and bustle of the East Coast, but in the first Colorado year of legalization, not much changed in the way of amending the Colorado Constitution to properly continue to regulate the once illegal plant. After the first Colorado legislative session of 2015, however, the trend of amending previous marijuana laws has taken off. In the first session alone, two bills - a house bill and a senate bill - have already been approved by Governor Hickenlooper. In addition, two more bills - again, one from each branch of the legislature - are currently sitting on the Governor’s desk, and are expected to be approved as soon as the legislature reconvenes for…
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2015 Denver Cannabis Cup Review

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It’s time to stop calling the Cannabis Cup a “Cup”. The name implies the competition is inclusive and unbiased. Renaming the iconic meetup the ‘Cannabis Expo’ would more properly describe the nature of the yearly gathering. For you see, the winners of the Cannabis Cup simply bought their way to top honors. For the first time in 2015, High Times Magazine - chief owner and sponsor of the various Cannabis Cups around the nation, from Colorado to California - made that inherently clear. Even before the start of the 2015 Denver Cannabis Cup, there was unrest in the newly legalized cannabis community of Colorado. High Times was very exclusive in whom they chose for booths at their flagship event, leading many smaller dispensaries and cannabis products’ representatives looking to make…
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Marijuana and DUI in Denver: Still a Work in Progress

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When marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Denver, one of the greatest concerns was that it would lead to an increase in traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities due to driving while impaired. Now, for the first time, the Colorado State Highway Patrol has released data related to DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) citations. The good news so far is that traffic fatalities across Colorado fell during 2014, which surprised some experts. New Data from the Highway Patrol In its rather extensive annual report, the Colorado State Patrol revealed that more than 12% of the impaired driving citations that it issued in 2014 involved suspicion of marijuana use. In about half of those cases the authorities concluded that marijuana was the sole…
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