Marijuana: John Hickenlooper's tax spending plan is anti-pot, pro-booze, advocates say

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Photos and more below.
Doubts about whether demand for recreational marijuana would cover the cost of the program put in place to regulate its sale appear to have been unfounded, at least during its early stages.

Evidence comes via Governor John Hickenlooper, who's come up with a plan to spend recreational-pot tax revenues: $4.5 million this fiscal year and a heaping $99 million the next. But proponents of the amendment that made such sales possible are aghast at his proposal, which they call anti-pot and pro-booze.

There's some irony in Hickenlooper being the beneficiary of this windfall beyond his past as a tavern owner. He actively opposed Amendment 64, the measure that allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. And while he reacted to the measure's passage with at least a modicum of humor, cracking that it was too soon to break out the Cheetos and Goldfish, he has since worked overtime to stress that he's no cheerleader for legal weed.

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A meme that circulated shortly after Amendment 64's passage.
Last month, for instance, Hickenlooper talked pot with the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, and during the conversation, he said he hadn't smoked cannabis for decades because "it makes you slow down and clumsy," and emphasized that "I wouldn't do it even if I was completely by myself in the forest or whatever."

In addition, Hickenlooper denigrated the idea that the state should be dependent on tax revenue from a product that doesn't make the lives of people better even as he teased a campaign to keep teenagers from indulging.

This last plan has now been unveiled. We've included Hickenlooper's complete proposal below, but in general, his office suggests spending the aforementioned $100 million-plus, supplemented by "$29 million in enforcement money already planned for this year and next," like so:

• Youth marijuana use prevention and deterrence ($45.5 million);
• Substance abuse treatment ($40.4 million);
• Public health ($12.4 million);
• Regulatory oversight ($1.8 million);
• Law enforcement and public safety ($3.2 million); and
• Statewide coordination ($200,000)
The reactions from Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert and attorney Brian Vicente, the most prominent backers of Amendment 64, aren't filled with atta-boys.

Continue for more about Governor John Hickenlooper's proposal for marijuana tax revenue spending, including responses from critics, photos and the document itself.

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njeanne57
njeanne57

What a waste of money.  Use it to repair infrastructure, and fight violent crime.


imahead
imahead

hickenboozer WILL go away soon... forget him and his booze buddies they are casseroles anyway....

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Good thing that the authors of Amendment 64 surrendered total control of cannabis to the same anti-pot politicians who've been running the drug war all these years.

Thanks lying Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Hack is an imbecile when it comes to cannabis, and he has apparently learned absolutely nothing about it throughout his political career, much preferring to hold fast to the Establishment's litany of lies about it instead.  $45.5 million for Dr. Thurstone & Co.  $2 million to warn people against using cannabis and driving when traffic fatalities have dropped significantly due to drivers' substitution of cannabis for alcohol -- the idiot is on track to waste most of the grossly excessive taxes voters imagined would benefit the State.  The sooner this human turd is out of office, the better!

Hailey Hilliard Goddard
Hailey Hilliard Goddard

If I were Hick, this is what I'd do. I'd plan a massive business alliance board with the goal of working together to sponsor pilot programs and sponsored resources for a select group of Colorado public schools (to test viability of course). In return these businesses are allowed to work with chosen pilot schools to develop fundraising plans and integrate ways of leveraging the school community to mutually benefit business goals and educational reform. Establish a set plan to track bench marks to ensure the program is running successfully. If successful in raising more funding and facilitating educational innovation, expand the program throughout the state in small increments. That way, the dollar goes farther than just giving it to the school system. Our state is after all known for our amazing business innovation, why not leverage it by dedicating MJ tax revenue to bolster relationships in the public and private sector to work as a team. What say you Hick?

David Palermo
David Palermo

That tax is to go to our schools , not to help his business!

Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

Replanting trees in rampart range and outher burn zones .oh re do high line cannal .oh a larger zoo .schools. Grants for collage. A homeless shelter program

Michael Price
Michael Price

He will be gone next election. Who cares what he thinks? He won't be relevant in a couple years.

Noah Yetter
Noah Yetter

Politicians serve their own interests, not yours. Never forget that.

Rizzy Doggieboy
Rizzy Doggieboy

Hmmmmm seems a little biased coming from a beer brewer. As long as we use all the tax money from alcohol sales to educate the public about how incredibly horrible alcohol is for you....much worse in fact than marijuana.

Jimmy Crane
Jimmy Crane

Spend that money on more school teachers and increase budgets

John Kalinauskas
John Kalinauskas

When a governor has such stupid thoughts it time for a new gover nor

Steve Hudson
Steve Hudson

Oh Hicky. Are you afraid this new law is hurting your liquor biz? Lame!

Burton Bailey
Burton Bailey

Shouldn't a huge portion of that go back into our school systems, road repairs, and things that matter? WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY TO PUMP IT BACK INTO "ANTI USE" LAWS. Hick can go suck a D.

burnzwell
burnzwell

According to our legal sources with the Attorney General "Governor Hickenlooper hates marijuana!" He can not come out a blatantly say it because his voters are the same voters that voted for recreational and medicinal marijuana . He did prolifically speak out against Amendment 64 during the elections. If you read the new laws that are enforced by Vice Detectives it may seem that they do not want marijuana businesses to succeed and it is true. Since January 1st more than 200 Notice of Denials have gone out to Marijuana Businesses for minor offenses and first time offenders. The disciplinary recourse are fines up to 100k, suspension and complete shut downs. It is not about getting Colorado businesses and business people compliant it is about fighting their existence. If you look at his spending plans for the tax money earned by marijuana businesses it is an anti drug program.

David Schempf
David Schempf

I wont vote republican but I might vote independent I cant stand hoop the boozer maker..your booze income fall hoop

Veronica Montoya
Veronica Montoya

Spend it on EDUCATION! Give our schools and teachers the money. Educate children about how their brains are not finished developing and use of Alcohol or Marijuana stunts this development.

Arthur Martinez
Arthur Martinez

fuck hickenlooper he should be impeached!!!he should use the booze money that he makes on all the aclohal he makes at all the bar and restaurants that he owns to end homelessness,he planned on ending in ten years hes been in office,he is nothing but a hipacrit.i would like to spit in his face!!!

Cain Wilkens
Cain Wilkens

How is it that this PRICK made so much money in the sales of booze say anything about pot. He goes against what the voters want on a day to day basis. Much like Nathon Dunlaps not being put death. His morals come before what the voters [ HIS BOSS] want. Oh and dont forget all the illegals that got a paycheck with his name on it!!!

Ali Maffey
Ali Maffey

Poor reporting, westword. The excise tax IS going to rebuild schools as required by amendment 64. This is only the sales tax, and it isn't trying to prevent ALL marijuana use, just youth prevention and preventing it from going out of state which are both conditions of the federal government not stepping in and stopping us from legalizing marijuana. Then it is preventing problematic use, like while driving, pregnant, breast feeding, or smoking around children, or helping those who are truly addicted. No, it isn't perfect, but it isn't anti-pot. Much of it is in place to protect us from the federal government coming in and undoing the legalization of mj here.

Brittany Chanel Price
Brittany Chanel Price

Wow instead of investing it back into the state to create jobs and uplift the schools smh

Franz Christopher
Franz Christopher

Is that jacket and tie made out of weed? Put it in schools schmuck!

Steve Ramirez
Steve Ramirez

Make schools hospitals.that will creat jobs from weed money.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why spend the $$ on schools if kids are just going to get stoned-stupid and slack-off anyway?



Frank Charles
Frank Charles

This guy is living on some other planet. Can we get rid of him already .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Little surprise that the THC-laced treats discovered in Corinth originated in Colorado. The gummies, according to the pictures posted by Corinth PD, came from a Denver dispensary called The Wellness Kitchen


The soda, made by Dixie Elixirs, is available at any number of weed retailers in Denver. 


The Colorado-to-Texas marijuana trade has been thriving since the state legalized medical marijuana more than a decade ago. Now that it's fully legal there, it's inevitable that more will wind up here.


http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/01/colorado_marijuana_texas.php


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Erik Holmberg  ... Got meth?

njeanne57
njeanne57

@burnzwell Insanity.  So much money that could be put to good use.  I look forward to the day when it's just as cool to grow a plant as it is to brew your own beer or wine.  Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco, fact not fiction.  the sooner we wake up to this truth the better off this country will be.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@burnzwell  "If you look at his spending plans for the tax money earned by marijuana businesses it is an anti drug program."


Yep. 


Did you even read A64 of Prop AA ?




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ali Maffey


... Wasteword + Michael "fluffmaster" Roberts = all Lies and Propaganda, all the time.


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