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Marijuana: Inside Michael Hancock's plan to divide Denver's pot-tax revenue

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Members of the City Council met yesterday to analyze Mayor Hancock's spending plans for all of this new marijuana money.
One of the biggest arguments for the passage of Amendment 64 was the potential tax revenue limited recreational marijuana sales would generate -- and yesterday, the Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee met to discuss how to spend the city's share of money.

City Budget Manager Brendan Hanlon and Executive Director of Marijuana Policy Ashley Kilroy outlined a plan proposed by Mayor Michael Hancock that would divvy up the estimated $3.5 million Denver is due to receive this year from retail marijuana taxes.

The proposal earmarks almost $1.8 million of the tax revenue for the regulation of Denver's recreational marijuana industry, $825,000 for more law enforcement positions and $746,000 for public education and studies on the risks and effects of marijuana.

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Photo by Sam Levin
A file photo of Denver mayor Michael Hancock.
"This is a new industry and we're at the forefront of it," Kilroy said during the meeting, which the Mayor did not attend. "So far we've focused on issues that are safety-related."

The funding set aside for regulation would be used to hire retail marijuana administrators such as health inspectors for growing operations and edible manufacturing, fire safety inspectors, tax auditors and other mundane but essential positions.

The funding for recreational enforcement calls for hiring new police officers, forensic scientists and a detective, as well as more positions at the City Attorney's Office. All of the 22 positions are limited to a maximum duration of two years, Hanlon said.

The smallest portion of tax revenue would go towards public education aimed toward children and marijuana laws and a data study on the amount of marijuana-related hospital visits in Denver.

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Denver Budget and Management Office
The Denver City Council hopes tax revenue will help the city's transition with the retail marijuana industry.
Several city council members expressed their concern with the lack of educational funding for children ages eight to fifteen. Hanlon agreed with the need for such efforts but said he wants to take a tentative approach while in this "constant state of evaluation.

"Additional work needs to be done in education," Hanlon explained. "We want something that's effective. We don't want to just add money to education and hope there is an impact."

A total of $500,000 from the educational budget would be used for youth marijuana prevention in partnership with the State of Colorado, with programs aimed at reaching children expected to appear on a variety of media platforms.

Despite some small disagreement with the amount of money going towards youth-smoking prevention, all of the council members were pleased with what they called a "patient and cautious approach" taken by the city budget and management office in the spending of this new tax revenue.

More from our Marijuana archive circa August 2013: "Marijuana rules in Denver: City Council's 39 key decision points"


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malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

The very silly Donkey said:  "is going to BACKFIRE when REAL MEDICAL STUDIES show that the VAST MAJORITY of anecdotal claims and hype made by marijuana proponents is COMPLETE BULLSHIT."


World-wide "Marijuana Cures Cancer" studies:


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Charlea Garrison
Charlea Garrison

Its a crock of shit it all should go to education fucking bastard

droper24
droper24

Despite the fact that the money is going to the cops, the real issue is if cities have to pay their first 40 million into the public school capital construction assistance fund or if the its soley the General Assembly that has to. In the text it only mentions the General Assembly.http://www.fcgov.com/mmj/pdf/amendment64.pdf

Jenny Tucker
Jenny Tucker

When are people going to realize that your votes don't mean shit????

Michael Matela
Michael Matela

I'm with you n her. If its not going to schools like planned, first. No dice. People don't have to buy from shops

Zachary Varón
Zachary Varón

Very mature, cognizant statement Ambra thanks for your contribution!

Zachary Varón
Zachary Varón

The only thing that should be regulated is the quality. Giving money to fight the money is asinine.

Ambra Faith
Ambra Faith

Bullshit!! Cancel weed legalization. Fuck them

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

Kind of want to see the RNC try to make it happen in Denver- just so I can watch the show.

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

education first, then how about some alcohol abuse training for the DPD.

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

"Hancock wants to go against the entire state's votes and take money away from our children to continue fighting the drug war that ended a year ago. How do you feel about that?" FTFY.

Steve Burrell
Steve Burrell

Nope, schools first. It's what we all voted for.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

That sounds like the same organizations who were the most opposed now want to take a chunk of the revenue. They are just trying to make up for all the money they aren't making off of unnecessary busts.

Miguel Munoz
Miguel Munoz

I voted for Education first not Law enforcement end of that discussion

Rockpile Ranter
Rockpile Ranter

No, Hancock needs to fix the Denver PD first. Mayor Hancock has much BIGGER issues than worrying about how to spend the POT TAX...Didn't take long for Education to take a back seat to whatever Denver deems more appropriate than our children's education. JUST SAY NO!

Samantha Emerson
Samantha Emerson

Nah Tom they give money to him. Don't you love not being able to even rent in the area we grew up? Growth is one thing-selling out a city is a whole other. I can't stand that guy.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Examine that... Hold the bus! Wasn't that already decided by the voters?

Janet Vigil
Janet Vigil

Whst they need to do is a welfare to work program. Pay for school and daycare for 2 years. ..enough time to get an associate degree then your out. If you have more kids it's in you. 2 year limit then your done for life. Right now the system enables people to stay at the poverty level. How is that good for anyone?

Jennifer Stephens Demps
Jennifer Stephens Demps

i just want to know when my property taxes are going to decrease because of all this pot money. I could swear that is what the docs said when we voted. probably not gonna happen though...

Jimmy Jonas
Jimmy Jonas

No. Education first.. And low cost interest rates for in state college tuition!

Mario Trujillo
Mario Trujillo

Education our schools are underfunded and all I hear is the police over stepping their boundaries

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Denver Public Schools will piss away any additional funding on incompetent administration.  1/2 of all DPS $$$ is pissed away on their incompetent administration.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... the EXCISE tax DOES got to School Construction.


The SALES taxes go anywhere the government decides to spend it.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@droper24 ... another illiterate stoner with no reading comprehension.


The EXCISE TAX -- collected on WHOLESALE transactions at the STATE level is what is earmarked for School Capital Construction. It'll never reach $40 million, not even close, it was just a gigantic LIE by the A64 scampaign to get fools and morons to vote for it.


The RETAIL sales taxes, normal and special, can be spent by the Cities, Counties, State any damn way they want to.


Oh, and that $9 million that the prohibitionist director of CDPHE just announced was going to Clinical Studies of Medical Marijuana -- and that clueless stoners are cheering -- is going to BACKFIRE when REAL MEDICAL STUDIES show that the VAST MAJORITY of anecdotal claims and hype made by marijuana proponents is COMPLETE BULLSHIT.


They're going to use Marijuana Tax Revenue to prove that most of the medical hysteria is nonsense -- then they'll move to further restrict the Medical marijuana industry, forcing everyone over to the Hypertaxed Recreational side.



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Your ignorance and apathy helps your masters keep you enslaved!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... when are people going to READ and COMPREHEND what they are voting for -- BEFORE they vote ??

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... the Retail Sales taxes were NEVER earmarked for schools.


Learn to READ, stoner.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you really have NO IDEA what you voted for, do you?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you live up to your name.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you were too stupid to read what you actually voted for, weren't you?

YuTu
YuTu

Well said...  of course since you're pro-cannabis facts are here, donkey will be sure to refute them, since  his passion is replying in a troll manner to people who like cannabis... on cannabis news posts only, go figure

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Well Birdbrain, it's a good thing that the Authors, Promoters and Voters behind A64 SURRENDERED TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana to those Prohibitionists who have been completely opposed to pot, isn't it?


Fucking brilliant strategy.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... too bad you didn't receive enough education yourself to actually comprehend what you were voting for, eh?


YuTu
YuTu

apparently the bill was changed (amended they call it) and the final signed bill was different than what most of the voters were told it was in news posts, news on TV, etc...... republicans at work, keeping their interests above the people, lobbyists, etc.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... does it hurt to be so damn ignorant?



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

If there is so little $$$, how is it that DPS is able to WASTE SO MUCH $$$???

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you're too stupid to vote.

YuTu
YuTu

@DonkeyHotay They better enjoy it while it lasts.... denver is overtaxed, and everyone knows it. Even the shows on TV have been showing underground growers in denver selling it at NORMAL ILLEGAL STATE PRICEs, all because Denver has overtaxed it in the shops. Who is going to pay over 10 bucks for 1 joint denver? NOBODY, you are losing money denver, the underground black market is booming again because OF OVERTAXATION of cannabis in your state..... when it goes legal, denver will be forgotten, FL is going to rule the east coast, and Cali will rule the west as usual.... mark my words folks on all this. I even called full recreation back in 2009.... on 2015. Look at that, its going to be 25 states next year...... dingdingding

droper24
droper24

@DonkeyHotay @droper24 another illiterate stoner? how are you a "top commenter?" If you would have actually read my comment you would know that I am not bitching about the money not going to education because the issue I'm raising is that yes, people voted for Amendment 64 with the intent that the first $40 million raised would go to education (which is why the majority of comments on here are about how the majority of the money is not going to education, arguing that it should because that is what they voted for). However, the amendment only states that the first $40 million be paid by the GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF COLORADO. This article is about how the city of DENVER, which is not the State Legislature, is going to spend this money. I'm just saying if people actually read the amendment they would know that cities, including Denver, can do what ever they want with the tax revenue raised from marijuana legalization. 

YuTu
YuTu

@DonkeyHotay You aren't reading what these people are saying either, dip stick...... he said WHAT HE DECIDED ON (FIRST). See that FIRST word these people keep bringing up in their comment.... that means the law was changed and amended after the voters got news of it being on the ballot. Durpadurp, fail again by you donkey lover... they are doing the same thing in FL, the voters get things rolling, then republican dimwits like yourself, who dont know much about cannabis, act like its a "stoner bill" so they deny the bill and say "if you dont amend it to what our needs our, we wont sign it" --- look at that, now we have a CBD bill based off of your states growing. Thanks, but no thanks

YuTu
YuTu

@droper24 He is top comment because he spams comments a lot... just like shitty facebook does it. You're TOP COMMENTER just by posting more than 100 posts or some bs. All you have to do is get a bunch of thumbs up by saying vague things everyone agrees with, too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@droper24  ... so after being outed for illiteracy, you double down and repeat your lack of reading comprehension?


A64 calls for an EXCISE TAX on the wholesale transfer of marijuana, and it is THAT EXCISE tax that goes to School Capital Construction.


No city, county or even the state can change that.


That has NOTHING to do with the City or State SALES Taxes, or any special SALES taxes, which they can spend anyway they want.


If you don't know the difference between an EXCISE Tax and Sale Taxes, you and morons like you should stay away from the voting booth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@droper24 ... what part of THE CITY of DENVER is NOT spending the EXCISE TAX don't you comprehend?



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