Marijuana: Yes on Proposition AA tax proposal winning handily in polls

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With the election only days away, voters have been inundated with robocalls and the like about education-oriented Amendment 66 and more. But the hype for marijuana tax Proposition AA has been far quieter, with little activity for weeks. And even opponents, who grabbed September headlines with joint giveaway protests, haven't made much noise of late. Is that because those on both sides expect it to win? A Yes on Prop AA rep doesn't put it quite that way, but he notes that polling shows the measure winning handily.

"We have a good lead in our polling," says Yes on Prop AA spokesman Joe Megyesy. "We've been holding a steady lead, with around 60 percent."

Indeed, October 8-9 data provided by Megyesy (see the document in its entirety below) shows that among all voters, 60 percent say they will definitely or probably cast their ballot in favor of Proposition AA, which calls for 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales and a 10 percent state sales tax that can be increased to 15 percent without an additional vote. That's opposed to 25 percent who say they'll vote no.

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Joe Megyesy.
Does that mean the group backing Proposition AA has stopped campaigning? No: A campaign surrogate debated attorney Rob Corry, the man behind the joint giveaways, as part of a recent Denver Post webcast, and some op-eds and letters to the editor are still in the pipeline. As such, Megyesy says, "we're still trying to engage people up until the last minute." But the most visible outreach methods began winding down during the middle of the month.

"We structured the campaign to reach voters before the mail-in ballots dropped," he says. "We wanted to get out there and visit with editorial boards and civic and political groups before October 15, so voters could make an informed decision when they got their ballots."

The ed board visits certainly paid off: Proposition AA has been endorsed by most major newspapers in the state, including the Post, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Pueblo Chieftain, the Aspen Times and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Moreover, the campaign has lined up endorsements from prominent politicians and advocates, many of whom opposed Amendment 64, which legalized adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of cannabis. We've included the photos and comments of several prominent backers below.

Are there any scenarios under which Prop AA could still lose? Well, off-year elections tend to attract lower participation in general, with the largest group typically taking part being older voters who may oppose marijuana legalization in general. But Megyesy isn't too worried. He thinks the turnout may be better than anticipated due to other contentious issues on the ballot, including Amendment 66, local fracking bans and school board races. And even if fewer people participate, the Prop AA polling numbers show seniors generally support the measure, too.

"I think most people have the idea that Amendment 64 is already here and marijuana is legal, but now it's a matter of how we're dealing with it," Megyesy allows. "So I think even folks who disagree with Amendment 64 will still vote for Proposition AA, because they want to make sure there's enough money to regulate marijuana properly."

He adds that national activist Grover Norquist's recent statement that voting to raise taxes on pot wouldn't violate a no-tax pledge, since prohibition is the ultimate tax, could reassure some conservative voters who are on the fence.

Given all that, Megyesy says, "we feel pretty comfortable" that Proposition AA will pass.

Here are some endorsement statements from Proposition AA supporters.

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John Hickenlooper.
"It's important that Coloradans pass Proposition AA to help ensure communities have the funds needed to pay for a robust and responsible regulation of marijuana. Colorado communities would also benefit from the increased funding for public school construction." -- Governor John Hickenlooper

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John Suthers.
"These taxes will provide funding for construction on Colorado's public schools, as the voters intended. I also see no other way to ensure the state recovers the significant expense of responsibly regulating this new industry and receives funding for the inevitable public health, education, and safety costs. For these reasons, I encourage the citizens of Colorado to pass an additional sales tax and new excise tax." -- Attorney General John Suthers

Continue for more Proposition AA endorsements, as well as the polling data.


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JimTom
JimTom

after AA sails through tonight remember who the losers were that brought you the extremely poorly written A64 and the joke of an opposition to AA. Next time maybe you should follow the money and see through the bullshit to the money grubbers and not just fall all over yourself when you see the term "legal pot"

As has always been and will always be the real market is still here with better weed and NO TAXES.

It is a shame that on Jan 1st the majority of the pot smoking public will be lined up at the cartel dispensaries that pushed for the AA tax to spend all their money like a good zombie idiot.


stuka1
stuka1

"We have a good lead in our polling," says Yes on Prop AA spokesman Joe Megyesy. "We've been holding a steady lead, with around 60 percent."

Propaganda from the propaganda machine.  Why is Westword allowing itself to be USED like this?

larisabolivar
larisabolivar

Voters only voted for a 15% excise tax.  The sales taxes are a bait and switch money grab by politicians who were against A 64 and special interest.  This is yet another industry being taken over by big business so that we can have Walmart weed grown by Monsanto instead of a creative and competitive marijuana economy.

Proponents say we need these taxes in order to regulate the industry properly.  Consider that medical marijuana, with only around 109,000 registered patients, generated $6 million in revenue last year off of regular sales tax.  Retail marijuana will have 10x that.  There will be PLENTY of revenue for enforcement and for school construction generated off of existing sales taxes and licensing fees.

Vote no on AA.  It is not fair to force voters to vote for two tax issues on one measure, especially for taxes that were not mentioned in A 64.  And it is unethical to force the sales tax onto voters who did not vote for sales taxes when voting for A 64.

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251865787090&ssbinary=true

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

I voted for it, I hope that the 40 million that was promised to the schools goes where it is needed most.

Doug
Doug

Westword, why are you letting Donkey back to post?  The forums were so nice without having to see the same cut and pastes he's been doing for a year, let a lone the uncivility.

JimTom
JimTom

Will pass with 64%. You can't pass and amendment that says go ahead crated a tax and not expect to get a tax. 

Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow
Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

It's a bad bill and I voted no. It's a really good example of greedy government. If voters would take the time to read the small print, they would see the flaws too.

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 = the same clueless fuckwit who said the 5 ng/ml DUI-m limit would never pass.

sucka1 = habitual FAIL!


McShyster
McShyster

@larisabolivar " Consider that medical marijuana, with only around 109,000 registered patients, generated $6 million in revenue last year off of regular sales tax.  Retail marijuana will have 10x that."

LOL! ... Epic Stoner Math FAIL!!

Your absurd unfounded conjecture supposes that there are 1,090,000 wanna-be pot smokers out there who ARE NOT currently smoking and HAVE NOT purchased or obtained any marijuana  -- patiently waiting without any pot until the first recreational dispensaries open up to offer them some overpriced, overtaxed, overfertilized, government controlled warehouse schwag.

LOL!

HipTip: the Recreational Market already has its own supply chain, always has, always will -- some diverted from the retail mmj market, some self-grown, some obtained from private caregivers, some from the "black market" -- ie. the same friends, family and acquaintances they've always obtained their pot from since they BEGAN smoking..

Only a brainless idiot would assert that there are over A MILLION would-be NEW pot smokers -- out of ~5 million total residents -- just waiting to jump into the retail market and purchase overpriced, overtaxed, retail crap while suffering invasive surveillance, ID checks. etc. ... who currently have no source for their herb, or that over A MILLION existing "black market" pot smokers are eagerly waiting to dump their long term existing connections -- untaxed friends, family and acquaintances --  just to enrich the law enforcement goons at the DOR.

ROTFLMAO!

Stay STUPID Stoners ... your ignorance is your own worst enemy.




McShyster
McShyster

@larisabolivar "Voters only voted for a 15% excise tax"

Another clueless tool who didn't even read, much less comprehend what A64 proposed.

The 15% excise tax is only the INITIAL level, A64 explicitly allows it to increase to an UNLIMITED level -- yes, brain-dead idiots actually wrote into the CONSTITUTION that they were willing to suffer an UNLIMITED taxation at the whim of the insatiable state politicians -- and the clueless liars and fools behind A64 also gave the state tax pigs a MINIMUM ANNUAL REVENUE TARGET -- $40 MILLION !!

You brain-dead bong-sucking stoners dressed up your precious marijuana as a CASH COW and offered it to the State tax pigs and prohibitionists for slaughter, and now you idiots act surprised that the State and prohibitionists are actually going to slaughter it??

Politically Pathetic Puerile Pot Punks are as Politically Pathetic Puerile Pot Punks do.

PPPPPAAPPPPPD !!


stuka1
stuka1

@Heaven Northrop <----- ignorant and gullible as shit.

McShyster
McShyster


@Doug " let a [sic] lone the uncivility. [sic] "

@Doug "God you're a moron"

@Doug "Can't you get it through your stupid skull"


Hypocritical cunt much?


stupidstuka
stupidstuka

So who's forcing you to read them, eh numbnuts?

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom <---- ignorant asslicking Donkey sock puppet

Doug
Doug

@JimTom God you're a moron.  So people voted for it knowing they'd pay $60 tax on an ounce?  NO one is saying don't tax it, they're objecting to the high rate of it.  Can't you get it through your stupid skull.

McShyster
McShyster

@JimTom 

              *** REGULATION WORKS ! ***

... for the Regulators!


larisabolivar
larisabolivar

@Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow Thank you Stephanie. At the end of the day, voters did not vote for the sales taxes when they voted for A 64.  This is a bait and switch measure.

McShyster
McShyster

@Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

Du 
Du Hast 
Du Hast mich 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Stephanie. Much appreciated.

stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster <--- the same clueless fuckwit who said A64 would never pass. Go back to sucking Kevin Sabet's asshole, it's all you're good at.

stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster     <---- Still bitter because we legalized last year.  Sucks Christard Turdstone's dick on Colfax.

fognl7
fognl7

Are your abbreviations intended to save you time?

McShyster
McShyster

@larisabolivar ... an UNLIMITED EXCISE TAX, which YOU vote for, fool.

Plus clueless stoners ALREADY acquiesced that pot should suffer a SALES tax when they caved in on MEDICAL marijuana sales taxes.

Stupid stoners have habitually characterized and offered marijuana as a CASH COW to the government and voters.

Reap what you sow -- you fools have received EXACTLY what you bargained and voted for!!


McShyster
McShyster

@Cognitive_Dissident @JimTom

... an EXCISE tax STARTING at 15%, growing to UNLIMITED per A64 ... 

The clueless liars and tools who wrote A64 -- and dressed marijuana up as a CASH COW and offered it to the state for slaughter .. all for a pathetic ounce! -- were too fucking stupid to realize that the state would actually SLAUGHTER that Cannabis Cow ... a cow they hated anyway.

If the fools didn't want pot treated like an easy $$ source of tax revenue, the fools should not have dressed their precious pot up for sacrificial slaughter in the first place.

Fucking idiots.

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 @JimTom Typical no response 6 year old comment. Hard to accept I am right isn't it Sucka!?


JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 @JimTom I never see a meaningful response from you just 6 year-old name calling. Can you please explain to me what a "chickenshit pussy" is? Is that a pussy made of chicken shit? Or chickenshit that has a pussy?

JimTom
JimTom

@Doug @JimTom Hard to tell what was voted for with such a poorly written A64. I guess your stupid skull can't see that there is a tax being voted on that will be 25% before the locals tack theirs on. You can whine all you want but this is reality. Enjoy what the poorly written A64 has reaped.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

So IDIOTS voted to surrender total control of marijuana to the prohibitionist politicians, insatiable Dept. of Revenue and law enforcement goons who've been running the drug war all these years ... and ignored every warning ... and thought it would all turn out like some hippie dream?

ROTFLMAO!

You got EXACTLY what you voted for, chump.

McShyster
McShyster

@larisabolivar ... and when the Citizens Vote YES on AA -- which they will certainly pass -- then you once again have DEMOCRACY in ACTION.

Obey the Will of the VOTERS -- TAX THE SHIT out of Marijuana

Thank Allah that lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert were STUPID ENOUGH to offer A64 as a CASH COW with UNLIMITED tax levels built in, and a minimum baited target of $40 MILLION annually!

Thank's lyin' Brian and mendacious Mason, the prohibitionists couldn't have done a better job themselves !!


stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster  <--- been whining for over a year. What a fucking loser

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 ... that festering turd A64 was doomed to fail ... even if it "passed" ... Q.E.D.


stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster  The fear and cowardice that causes you to hide behind your monitor.  Will be happy to extract all your teeth in one shot as soon as I find you, punkass bitch.

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 ==> suffers from pathological violent delusions

So what's stopping you, besides fear and cowardice?

.

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 ==> craves the double penetration from the FIST of REGULATION and the choking COCK of unlimited TAXATION.

McShyster
McShyster

@Cognitive_Dissident 

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL ENACT AN EXCISE TAX TO BE LEVIED UPON MARIJUANA SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED BY A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITY TO A MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITY OR TO A RETAIL MARIJUANA STORE AT A RATE NOT TO EXCEED FIFTEEN PERCENT PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2017 AND AT A RATE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THEREAFTER, AND SHALL DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR THE COLLECTION OF ALL TAXES LEVIED. PROVIDED, THE FIRST FORTY MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE RAISED ANNUALLY FROM ANY SUCH EXCISE TAX SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE FUND.


stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster   <---- chickenshit whiny pussy, in all his incarnations

fognl7
fognl7

donkeyhotay/mcshyster/stupidstuka=Westword agent provocateur.

JimTom
JimTom

@stuka1 Thanks for he clarification, it has been a long time since I had to speak elementary school playground speak.  

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom  That would be "chickenshit whiny pussy" It means "JimTom".

stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster <---- takes dictation from Christard Turdstone while sucking his dick

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