Marijuana Enforcement Division needs more money to oversee recreational pot, official says

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After the state auditor's dismal evaluation of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, members of the Amendment 64 Joint Committee were expected to have some negative things to say to Barbara Brohl, the executive director of the Department of Revenue and overseer of the MMED. But when the opportunity came Thursday morning at the Capitol, the tone instead was formal and inquisitive. Rather than lambaste Brohl, the committee sought to understand exactly why the MMED performed so poorly. According to Brohl, it all comes down to funding.

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Barbara Brohl.
Over the last year and a half, the MMED has learned some important lessons, Brohl said. "The first thing we discovered with that deep-dive analysis was that our revenue projections were too optimistic, and we were experiencing a shortfall in our cash fund," she continued. "The second thing we discovered was that our expenses needed to be addressed."

Some of those expense cuts included the paring of the division down to fifteen employees and the loss of several vehicles used by the division in its inspection and investigation efforts. Brohl acknowledged the extensive backlog of license applications -- 650. But in order to reach an operating funding level, the MMED began to require those application fees to be paid up front, rather than on a per-review basis.

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Brian DelGrosso.
According to Brohl, the MMED currently operates on a budget of $2.4 million, less than half of the initial $5.7 million under which the division used to operate. Representative Brian DelGrosso questioned whether or not the division could continue to function on its current budget, and if not, what Brohl would estimate to be an operational level of funding.

"Right now, that goes to support only fifteen individuals, eight of which are criminal investigators, and as a result, we are able to do the background checks, the analysis to do the initial type of work that's done," she said. "But we have not been able to go out and do the very proactive investigatory compliance checks that this industry and this division contemplated.

"We believe that a good estimate is the amount of money we were appropriated, which is the $5.7 million, but I caution you that that's not the only thing the additional sales tax was intended to support."

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Dan Pabon.
Brohl went on to say that the sales tax was also implemented to fund studies for recommendations and increased addiction counseling, as well as informational campaigns for children and schools.

Although the committee repeatedly asked for financial projections regarding the coming years for the MMED, Brohl pointed out that without knowing exactly how many businesses will be applying for licenses, it is difficult to provide accurate estimates.

These vagaries are exactly what the committee hopes to address by implementing a tax structure per the recommendations of the Amendment 64 task force, including an additional sales tax for recreational marijuana. The final decision on taxation will have to be completed by Monday, April 8.

The Amendment 64 Joint Committee will meet once again Friday at 1:30 p.m. to continue discussions. The chair, Representative Dan Pabon, added the committee would meet over the weekend if necessary, although he hopes to finish before then.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64 Joint Committee extends meetings due to failed MMED audit."

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Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

Worthless pieces of shit. A plant is illegal, but making people criminals over nothing is just fine. Backwards!

Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson

Epic clusterfuck! Yeah let's keep throwing $ at the problem? Hell NO!!

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Am I the only one who finds humor with the Amendment 64 "Joint" Committee?

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

WHAT NEXT !! What A JOKE they have made this !!!

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Waite we should give more money to people who extorted the public out of 10 million dollars, then squandered it and then erased all the emails of any criminal activity. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/09/medical_marijuana_fight_department_of_revenue_deleted_emails.php

Give them more money? Way to frame the issue.  How abou MMED extorted then covered erased all evedence of any wrong doing is attempting to extort more money.  Government the only place you can fail and get millions of dollars.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Wait we should give more money to people who extorted the public out of 10 million dollars, then squandered it and then erased all the emails of any criminal activity. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/09/medical_marijuana_fight_department_of_revenue_deleted_emails.php

Give them more money? Way to frame the issue.  How about, ¨The MMED extorted then covered erased all evedence of any wrong doing is attempting to extort more money.¨  Government the only place you can fail and get millions of dollars.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Wait we should give more money to people who extorted the public out of 10 million dollars, then squandered it and then erased all the emails of any criminal activity. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/09/medical_marijuana_fight_department_of_revenue_deleted_emails.php

Give them more money? Way to frame the issue.  How about, ¨The MMED extorted then covered erased all evedence of any wrong doing is attempting to extort more money.¨  Government the only place you can fail and get millions of dollars.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Tax the FUCK out of it! ***

The Stoners themselves were willing to offer up $40 MILLION every year for Schools, what's a few MILLION more as long as it comes directly from the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs and the Potheads themselves ??

REGULATION WORKS !! ... Get REGULATED, suckers!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless ... clueless stoners couldn't predict the outcome of a double-headed coin toss.

After the FIASCO that was HB1284 and its aftermath, how brain-dead would anyone have to be to create, promote and vote for a CONSTITUTIONAL amendment that PERMANENTLY surrenders total control of Marijuana over to those same Insatiable Incompetent Dept. of Revenue Parasites and the anti-pot Politicians that so fucked up the Medical Marijuana Industry in Colorado?


stuka1
stuka1

Yup. We have squandered the money budgeted to us, therefore the solution is to give us more money to squander.

Welcome to Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
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@stuka1 ... which illustrates the UTTER IGNORANCE of A64 ... surrendering TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to those Insatiable Dept. of Revenue parasites and Law Enforcement Goons.

Stupid Stoners DESERVE to reap the FIST of REGULATION that they so naively begged for.


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