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Reader: Don't spend pot tax money on more imbecile cops!

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Michael Hancock in 2012.
Our Thomas Mitchell recently examined Denver mayor Michael Hancock's proposal for how to spend the city's revenue from marijuana sales. Hancock's suggestions got a rise out of numerous readers, including this one.

garriswh writes:

We voted for the taxes to go to fucking EDUCATION, not more imbecile police officers! Discussion over.

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Anyone remember when Denver had a mayor that was worth a damn?  I can't, either.

Jenny Jackson
Jenny Jackson

how about spending on what the voters voted on?

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Agree. You can't fix that uneducated police dept. Require a 4 year degree for future recruits and phase the current force out through attrition, layoffs, retirement. That's the only way to fix it.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

The whole deal was to spend the money on education, and I don't mean more stupid anti-drug reefer madness education. Now it seems that has changed and those who opposed 64 are doing all they can to continue to oppose cannabis use, responsible or otherwise.

Marcus Tompkins
Marcus Tompkins

Is there a Twitter hashtag for this. It's absolute bullshit. They should use that money to investigate all the fucking departments. Wrongful death/prostitutes/meth rings/abuse of power And you want to give them more money. More? Really? Now what are they smoking.

Violeta Luz
Violeta Luz

I thought this money was for schools? I know of a couple schools in my neighborhood that need new soccer fields, flipping politics hate them!

Mike Renna
Mike Renna

Denver PD is under all kinds of investigation so what do they do? Hire more! Cmon man

Os Ya'ax
Os Ya'ax

The roads are absolute shit in Denver, and half of them arent even marked. So yea they should start there. Cant believe how two faced government can be, even at the local level.

Brett A Siegele
Brett A Siegele

Merica, Fuck Yeah Lick my ass, suck on my balls!!!!!!!!

Hannah Fowler
Hannah Fowler

anyone but the cops they are some of the worst people in society and they are the main ones that did not support these measures so why use tax money on them and if anything it should be to investigate their misconduct

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

They better spend it on something before the mayor blows it on hoes!

Nicci Archuleta
Nicci Archuleta

How about schools, roads, how about they but one of those left turn sigals at all the lights on busy streets!!

Kevin Dick
Kevin Dick

I'm totally for putting as much money towards law enforcement as possible. While the US leads, by far, the world incarcerating its people. If we soften on putting people in jail for low-level non-violent drug use, then Russia or China could take 1st place from the US. That would not be cool, not cool at all. USA, we're #1, we're #1...ugh.

Darren Lyman
Darren Lyman

It was education the people approved. This is a very untrustworthy move by they government against the people. My question; this is only the latest and spotlighted bill, how many others have they done this to in the past? All

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

He will be voted out then. We the people will handle our business. All Colorado politicians will be supporting pot and OUR needs in the future.

Sammy Huynh
Sammy Huynh

Education.that's the only reason why I vpted to legalize it. Total b.s. politicians are going back on how the money would be spent.

Luke Henderson
Luke Henderson

Thanks for linking to the original story. It is unacceptable that the budget is being split up this way with the school system getting the least amount AND part of that being earmarked for 'studies'. Those 'studies' should be part of the $1.8M put he's asking to be used for the industry's regulation. But to see him putting new government jobs and more police above the public education we all voted for, is unacceptable.

Brett A Siegele
Brett A Siegele

I agree with all of you. We need more cops focused on weed and alcohol tickets about as much we need more types of deadly diseases in the world. The are useless.

Luke Henderson
Luke Henderson

It feels like violent crime in the area is up and I wish the police would worry less about pot, and more about that.

Steve Potts
Steve Potts

Police enforcement wasn't what we voters voted on. It was for education.

Sean Jones
Sean Jones

No more pigs We need a bumper sticker. I thought we decriminalized marijuana to let the cops we do have do their job and go after actual criminals

Barneby
Barneby

"We voted for the taxes to go to fucking EDUCATION, not more imbecile police officers! Discussion over."


When it comes to the city tax, no, you didn't. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

He's just a republican with a "D" by his name. 

DerpMcDerpington
DerpMcDerpington

Well, investing in our schools will help people learn the difference between garden tools and women with questionable morals.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Barneby When voters passed Amendment 64, they authorized a State excise tax on wholesale transfers of cannabis for school construction.  When voters (foolishly) passed Proposition AA, they enacted the excise and a very much larger sales tax surcharge not devoted to education.  Both the City and the State are committed to misspending almost all of the sales tax revenue from cannabis, and the huge taxes undercut the regulated market

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "When voters (foolishly) passed Proposition AA ..."


Why do you hate Democracy ??



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga My mistake.  I'm not sure how things would be with Stapleton.  I recall many irregularities around the construction of DIA.  Follow the dollar trail..

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... the Concrete contractor(s) skimped on the quality of the millions of yards -- and pocketed millions -- got caught and criminally and civilly prosecuted.


The overly ambitious Rapid Baggage Transport system was a failure -- to the tune of $20 million to a British Contractor -- but there wasn't really any willful fraud, just technology / reality failures.


Keep in mind it was a multi-BILLION $$ project, and really did create a world-class INTERNATIONAL airport/hub for Denver.


The old Stapleton Airport -- built 1929! -- would have been a wretched outdated rundown disaster had they attempted to continually upgrade it where it was -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapleton_International_Airport



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