Reader: I voted for legal pot because I wanted the state to tax the hell out of it

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One comment can beget plenty of others. That was the case for our Comment of the Day post in which a reader claimed pot buyers without red cards are being "raped" by high taxes. Come commenters didn't like this choice of verb, while the one below disagreed with the complaint entirely.

Christopher David writes:

While you're whining about high taxes on marijuana, Colorado continues to be one of the worst states for school funding. I voted to legalize weed so we WOULD tax the hell out of it and, if our officials stick to their promises, subsidize our school systems with it. But, a cheap high is more important, I suppose.

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Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

don't live in Colorado anymore so I didn't vote

Pheenix Wonder
Pheenix Wonder

I voted Yes, because I am against the oil industry.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

I voted yes, and still get my stuff from the same guy I always did.

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Tax it....I am a red card holder! Haters make the world go round!

Che Harness
Che Harness

I really don't think the government should have the right to decide what a "sin" is and to tax people excessively because of that belief.

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

I voted for it's legality. Partially for the tax monies. Partially because I think it's stupid to throw people in jail over a mostly harmless drug.

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

I supported legalization because it's the right thing to do. Booze, pain killers, benzos, even tobacco are legal, and are yet far more harmful to you and the rest of society. I'm just not a fan of all the corruption involved in the law making

Che Harness
Che Harness

I'm not foolish enough to believe that morality finally won out and people won their civil rights back because it was the right thing to do. Political parties tanked out nations economy, so people were more open to the law this time because of the extra state income. But I don't agree with Christopher, our schools would have been adequately funded, with their promised $40 million, through standard sales tax rates. All the extra "sin" tax is for regulation by people who don't think the law should have been passed in the first place.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

If you are an active consumer you prolly already have a red card and if you aren't than 65 an eighth for top notch bud is not that big of a rip off if you bought herb in any other state.

Marcus Rose
Marcus Rose

They tax the shit out of Alcohol... they tax the shit out of Cigarettes... did you really think Marijuana wasn't gonna follow suit? This is not a drug issue... this is not a public health issue... this is a money issue! Just like speeding! Speed Enforcement has nothing to do with public safety.. it has to do with raising money for local municipalities...

Jake Culbertson
Jake Culbertson

I voted for it because it should be legal. Tax dollars are just a result, not the reason

Mandy Duran
Mandy Duran

i am a red card holder with a brain tumor... i wish the legalization never passed! Not for the taxes i could care less, for the simple fact of GREED!!! what happened to medicinal carr practices making sure dispensaries would stay strictly medical. Once they saw those dollar signs everyone wants that rec money. Just try moving somewhere in the metro area after the 1st rent went up a good 2-3 hundred dollars... it is ridiculous. should have kept it medical... and i voted no......

Dev Adams
Dev Adams

I voted yes because I don't believe that drug use should be a criminal issue, but a public health issue.

Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison

I voted yes for hemp, if ya don't like the taxes, get your red card. Leave the taxes for the out staters

Cory Valencia
Cory Valencia

I voted cause of my glaucoma. Plus I've seen a lot of good comes out of hemp.

Bradley Branaman
Bradley Branaman

No! Because it was the right thing to do! Taxes should be a bonus and not abused! Geeze...

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

I vote to tax the shit out of Christopher David.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Che Harness  ... THE PEOPLE decided, by democratic vote, via Referendum AA, you ignorant bong-sucking imbecile.



che1030
che1030

No, I don't agree with "sin" taxes.  The government doesn't have the right to regulate morality.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

A64 included massive taxes.

Referendum AA passed by a huge majority of voters.

You sound like an idiot who didn't read A64 before you stupidly voted for it.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

"A64 proposed standard sales tax rates."

Another idiot who didn't even read A64

che1030
che1030

@FreeTheWeed 
What does Ref. AA have to do with A64?
A64 proposed standard sales tax rates.  Ref. AA supporters lied to people and told them that A64 would be repealed if the state didn't get enough tax money to regulate the industry.
Regulate by their standards, not the voters. 

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