Proposition AA pot tax passes, Amendment 66 education proposal crushed

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Votes are still being counted, but the suspense when it comes to the two biggest measures on ballots statewide is over -- if there was ever any at all. The Denver Post has made the call on Proposition AA, the marijuana tax measure, and Amendment 66, an education proposal, with the former winning handily (the count is 64.6 percent yeah to 35.3 percent nay with 55 percent of the vote counted at this writing) and the latter getting crushed (66.1 percent "no" to 33.8 percent "yes," also with 55 percent reporting). Early reaction below.

Here's the first statement about the defeat of Amendment 66, from Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who opposed it:

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Walker Stapleton.
Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton's Statement on Failure of Amendment 66

Denver, CO -- Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton issued the following statement on Colorado voters rejecting the $1 billion education reform tax increase, Amendment 66.

"Today Coloradans rejected an imperfect bill to reform our education system that left open too many unanswered questions. Having spent the last eight months arguing that this particular bill was not the right path for Coloradans, tonight's result does not mean education reform is dead in Colorado. We will go back to the drawing board to reform our vitally important public education system the right way."

"In order to achieve effective and lasting reform for our schools, we must address one of the biggest cost drivers at the school district level, our state's badly underfunded pension system. When we join together as Coloradans to address the pension system in our state, we must do so in a way that preserves and protects the retirements of Colorado's school teachers. We must also implement real transparency that will provide the accountability necessary to ensure taxpayer money gets into the classroom, where it belongs."

"I look forward to working with Governor Hickenlooper and stakeholders from both sides of the aisle to address real education reform for Colorado's students."

And here's the take on the passage of Proposition AA from Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert, a supporter:
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Mason Tvert.
Colorado Voters Approve Historic Ballot Measure to Tax Legal Marijuana Sales, Which Are Scheduled to Begin on January 1

Proposition AA will generate tens of millions of dollars for public school construction, underscoring the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana instead of leaving sales to drug cartels in the underground market

DENVER -- Colorado voters approved a historic statewide ballot measure on Tuesday to establish taxes on legal marijuana wholesale and retail sales. The Denver Post called the election with Proposition AA ahead 65-35 with 65% of precincts reporting. Retail marijuana sales are scheduled to begin on January 1 in localities throughout Colorado, including the state's largest city, Denver, and they will begin in other cities throughout 2014.

Proposition AA was referred to the ballot by the Colorado General Assembly in accordance with Amendment 64, the initiative approved by state voters in 2012 to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

"Colorado is demonstrating to the rest of the nation that it is possible to end marijuana prohibition and successfully regulate marijuana like alcohol," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which supported Proposition AA and was the largest financial backer of the Amendment 64 campaign in 2012. "It is only a matter of time before voters and lawmakers in other states recognize the benefits and adopt similar policies."

Proposition AA creates a 15% excise tax on wholesale sale of marijuana for adult use (e.g. between a cultivation facility and a retail store), of which the first $40 million raised annually will be directed toward the state's public school construction program. Proposition AA also establishes a 10% special sales tax on retail marijuana sales, which will be applied in addition to standard state and local sales taxes.

"Passage of this measure underscores the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana sales instead of forcing them into the underground market," Tvert said. "Instead of benefitting drug cartels, marijuana sales will generate tens of millions of dollars annually for the state's public school construction program."

Colorado Legislative Council staff estimate that Proposition AA will generate $27.5 million in annual excise tax revenue and $39.5 million in annual state sales tax revenue (with $6 million of that sales tax revenue directed back to localities). The revenue from the new 10% state sales tax will be used to fund the regulatory structure (including enforcement of the laws for the testing, tracking, and labeling of retail marijuana and measures to prevent the diversion of retail marijuana to individuals under 21 years old).

MPP plans to work with local and national allies to pass measures to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in 13 more states by 2017. It is currently supporting a petition drive led by Alaska activists to place an initiative on the August 2014 ballot, and it will work to pass voter initiatives in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, and Nevada in the 2016 election. MPP is participating in lobbying and grassroots-organizing efforts to pass bills in the Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont state legislatures.

Also celebrating the passage of Prop AA is Joe Megyesy, spokesman for the campaign that backed the measure. His release follows:
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Joe Megyesy.
Committee for Responsible Regulation Statement on Passage of Proposition AA

DENVER -- Today the Committee for Responsible Regulation released the following statements after Colorado voters approved Proposition AA, the statewide ballot initiative to tax commercial adult-use marijuana activity set up under the passage of Amendment 64 last year.

"The passage of Proposition AA today completes the historic process of regulating and taxing marijuana in the state of Colorado," said Brian Vicente, proponent for the Committee for Responsible Regulation and co-director of last year's Amendment 64 campaign. "We are now poised to demonstrate to the world the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition and embracing this new system. The people of Colorado today helped us fulfill the promise of the Amendment 64 campaign to steer tens of millions of dollars annually to public school construction. We have also ensured that there will be sufficient funds to enforce the regulations governing marijuana cultivation and distribution in the state. We are grateful to the people of Colorado for helping us chart this new course for the state."

"Proposition AA's passage guarantees our public safety is protected by ensuring Colorado has the funds to keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and to prevent it from flowing to the black market," said state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver. "Colorado voters clearly recognized the importance of taxing marijuana to pay for its own regulation and by approving Proposition AA today they ensured that we will not be forced to take away from high priority areas like education, transportation and public health. Today's passage of Proposition AA shows the world that Colorado takes the regulation of marijuana seriously."

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Grover Norquist, anti-tax-hike guru, opposes pot tax Proposition AA."

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221 comments
Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

Gee thanks Craig for the commentary. I'm sure we all enjoyed it!

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Very strange, Indeed. Only in 'Murkah would tens of millions of idiots would vote for Hope & Change™ 5 years ago only to get more of the same Bushit, then pass this Bushit off as "genuine progressive ideals." DaFuq?

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

There goes the school money....ignorant ass Establishment apologists

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

It ain't that much of a priority in the entire US of Freaking A, given the gradual decline in professionalism and accuracy in mainstream media in favour of "infotainment" and rambling idiotic punditry a la Faux Noise, NBC "News" and wannabe-hip anchors on CNN. It's a really sad state of affairs, to say the least.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

MASSIVE NEW TAXES and STRICT REGULATIONS!

EXACTLY WHAT A64 PROPOSED!

SSAASSD!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

A64 did LEGALIZE marijuana.

Only brain-dead people like myself believed the LIES fed to them by the lying liars behind that festering turd via clueless, lazy and compliant media whores like Wasteword.

A64 did NOT repeal a single Felony Statute regarding marijuana in Colorado because it's a state law.  DUH!

A64 did prevent useless harassment and arrest for small possession.

ALL those CRIMINAL STATUTES against marijuana in Colorado against the citizens of Colorado will go away!... exactly as the Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and Government Tax and Enforcement Goons wanted ... and brain-dead people like myself did not vote for it sadly.

You ignorant fucktards were warned to vote for A64 and you like myself ignored the warnings, now reap the DOUBLE FISTS of my puny bodies and TAXATION which will prompt other states to legalize it that you bargained for.  Myself?  I am a moron.  I sit in my basement... whilst sucking down that puny phallus my mother purchased for me at the swap meet.

Jessica Garcia
Jessica Garcia

Go ahead and think however you would like Craig, we all have our own opinion. I work for the largest school district in Colorado, I know exactly what I'm talking about. :)

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Here's the problem. The state likely won't get much from excessive excise taxes on pot. Most people will just revert back to the streets to get their bud.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Perhaps you can explain how exactly the schools are NOT "using the budget they have to actually benefit the kids," then MAYBE....just MAYBE...some of us here might actually consider you to be even remotely intellectually honest. However, I'm not banking on it.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

That is apparently the Establishmentarians' goals in order to placate the invading yuppie scumbags from the coasts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

A64 rocks! I'm on my correct medication now and I see where I've been a complete and utter douche bag and I want to apologize to all for my behavoir.  I will be in the dunking booth at the next 4:20 celebration, come down and try to dunk me!

Derek Reese
Derek Reese

Should have been the other way around.

McShyster
McShyster


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In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was stripped searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Unionsays.

No drugs were found in either of the cases.


Bend Over and Get REGULATED, Bitches !!

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

I do hope you're right Sara I know that the first 40 million is earmarked for education I hope that it goes directly to students and furthering teachers education so our kids can have the best possible education.

Henry Kelsey
Henry Kelsey

LOL, if you look at it, the tax on medium grade weed would be about $3.25 per 1/8th ounce and the school wouldn't have really seen that money, the superintendence would have made sure of that.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Because the majority of the citizenry here are from hyper-gentrified coastal metro areas who are well into the process of yuppifying this town. These are the self-important, spoiled-rotten entitlement-minded dickheads with their silly "COEXIST" bumper stickers that tailgate your ass even when you're driving 10-15 mph OVER the speed limit.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

It FAILS because people would most likely go back to the underground market for their high instead of the quasi-legitimate retailers which pass on the excessive tax to their consumers. The schools won't get dick now. Dumb ass Establishmentarians.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

We appreciate the confirmation from you, Ms. Momeyer.

McShyster
McShyster

@RobertChase " ... read Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Constitution and the provisions of Title 18, Article 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to cannabis:  cultivation, sales, distribution, etc. outside of the narrow limits provided for in the Constitution not only remains criminal, they are felonious."

Exactly the way lyin' Brian Vicente, mendacious Mason Tvert and the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels they lobby for WANTED IT !!

A64 did NOT LEGALIZE marijuana, not even close.

Only brain-dead bong-sucking stoners believed the LIES fed to them by the lying liars behind that festering turd via clueless, lazy and compliant media whores like Wasteword.

A64 did NOT repeal a single Felony Statute regarding marijuana in Colorado.

A64 did NOT repeal a single Misdemeanor Statute regarding marijuana in Colorado.

ALL those CRIMINAL STATUTES against marijuana in Colorado remain in FULL FORCE against the citizens of Colorado ... exactly as the Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and Government Tax and Enforcement Goons wanted ... and brain-dead bongsuckers like you VOTED FOR ALL THAT! ... in exchange for a PATHETIC OUNCE of pot.

You ignorant fucktards were warned about A64, you ignored the warnings, now reap the DOUBLE FISTS of STRICT REGULATION and MASSIVE TAXATION that you bargained for, morons ... whilst sucking down that puny ounce of government approved warehouse weed.


McShyster
McShyster

Hey Stoner Michael,

You forgot to categorize / cross-link this story with marijuana.

Or is it another one of Westweed's deliberately deceptive methods of biased reporting?

McShyster


McShyster
McShyster

@Craig Maybell ... the School Tax $$ was just a ruse to get fools and tools to vote for that piece of crap A64.


McShyster
McShyster

@Doug  "A64 did NOT repeal a single Felony Statute regarding marijuana in Colorado because it's a state law.  DUH!"

Epic Stoner Ignorance! ... only brain-dead bongsuckers like Dipshit Doug, Suka1, Ryan Cordova, Robert Chase and Kevin Kunt could be that fucking clueless.

No wonder marijuana has been -- and still is -- illegal after all these years.


stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Dipshit Doug thinks felonies aren't state statutes.

Keep sucking, moron.

FrogFear
FrogFear

Neither of you sound particularly intelligent.

sucka1
sucka1

@McShyster   Yay for invasive searches!  Looking forward to fulfilling my public duties when the time comes!

McShyster
McShyster

@McShyster I just post stuff like this to distract you all from the fact that I have nothing relevant to say. I'm lonely, take pity on me.

McShyster
McShyster

@McShyster Sorry, I'm delusional when I don't take my meds and think everyone is out to get me personally.


Ignore me, that's what my parents did.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster = too stupid to admit he's on the wrong side of the argument.  I realize losing your name must have put you in a tizzy but my lord.  Will you ever come out of your basement and show yourself so we can all laugh?

McShyster
McShyster

@DonkeyHotay ... so who's stopping you from posting as DonkeyHotay?

You can't even keep your own pathetic delusions straight, can you Dipshit Doug?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@sucka1 @McShyster Boy, now that my meds have kicked in and I'm out of the basement do you think I would qualify for an invasive search?  Oh Boy!

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Was never banned in the first place you ignorant shitbrain.

Who's forcing you to read the posts?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Doug That it is Donkey under another name seems certain.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster = They, the powers that be!   They locked me out of my account and I can't get access anymore to my wonderful sun and all the good material I cut and paste 100 times a day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster they're stopping me from using my account that I set up and had the nice sun on it and the TOP COMMENTATOR badge.  I want it back, tell me how I get unbanned?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster I know you're an exper on anal so I'll have to take your word for it.  What age did you first get molested?

McShyster
McShyster

@DipshitDoug ... an anal probe will help you, try using those FISTS of REGULATION and TAXATION that YOU VOTED FOR with that piece of shit A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster = How does that help me?  Can I send you some medication it seems like you need it?   I need to go back to the basement now, but when you come up from whatever members you're currently felating can you help me get my account unbanned?

McShyster
McShyster

Dipshit Doug / Suka1 / Kevin Kunt = reads each and every one of my posts, is incurably infatuated with what he claims to despise.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@McShyster=Please, they won't let me on my account they've banned me please stop making fun of me!  I miss my happy little sun which used to be a contridiction of what a cock I am.

McShyster
McShyster

@DonkeyHotay

Dipshit Doug disproves his own premise.

Keep failing, loser, it's your only skill.

LOL!

McShyster
McShyster

@DonkeyHotay aka Dipshit Doug disproves his own premise.

Typical brain-dead bong-sucking stoner.


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