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Colorado Just Became the First State Ever to Generate More Taxes from Marijuana than Alcohol

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In the past year, it has become obvious that marijuana is set to become a booming industry on the legal market and recent news from Colorado gives us more evidence of this taking place.

As one of the first states to go legal, the Colorado government has collected more taxes for marijuana than they have for alcohol in the past year. This is the first time that this has ever happened in history and it shows that the market for marijuana may be larger than the market for alcohol.

According to The Colorado Department of Revenue, the state government was able to rob marijuana sellers and users blind, collecting over $70 million in taxes from cannabis sales. Meanwhile, alcohol companies were fleeced for roughly $42 million for alcohol taxes, over the course of a year.

While businesses getting looted by government tax collectors is never anything to celebrate, it is interesting to see how quickly the marijuana market is growing.

Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project recently said that the state was able to collect so much money in taxes that they are getting a break for one day.

“Marijuana taxes have been incredibly productive over the past year, so this tax holiday is a much-deserved day off. This will be the one day out of the year when the state won’t generate significant revenue. Over the other 364 days, it will bring in tens of millions of dollars that will be reinvested in our state,” Tvert said.

According to the figures released this week, the state of Colorado collected $69,898,059 in tax revenue from the marijuana industry this past year.

A study recently published by researchers at the University of Michigan has shown that cannabis use among teens and college students is increasing while alcohol and tobacco use is declining. In fact, for the first time ever, the rate of daily cannabis use has now surpassed the rate of daily cigarette use.

This is a great discovery considering the fact that cigarettes and alcohol kill tens of thousands a year while marijuana kills no one.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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    • Did! That it’s still illegal is just stupid! More revenue, fewer non violent people in jails. How can this not be a win-win???

  • Make this viral by liking, commenting or sharing! Let’s change some minds so we can #EndTheDrugWar!

    • Did! That it’s still illegal is just stupid! More revenue, fewer non violent people in jails. How can this not be a win-win???

  • Make this viral by liking, commenting or sharing! Let’s change some minds so we can #EndTheDrugWar!

    • Did! That it’s still illegal is just stupid! More revenue, fewer non violent people in jails. How can this not be a win-win???

  • Make this viral by liking, commenting or sharing! Let’s change some minds so we can #EndTheDrugWar!

    • Did! That it’s still illegal is just stupid! More revenue, fewer non violent people in jails. How can this not be a win-win???

  • Make this viral by liking, commenting or sharing! Let’s change some minds so we can #EndTheDrugWar!

    • Did! That it’s still illegal is just stupid! More revenue, fewer non violent people in jails. How can this not be a win-win???

  • Someday the statistic will be:
    Alabama the only state that generates more taxes from alcohol than marijuana.

  • Someday the statistic will be:
    Alabama the only state that generates more taxes from alcohol than marijuana.

  • Someday the statistic will be:
    Alabama the only state that generates more taxes from alcohol than marijuana.

  • Someday the statistic will be:
    Alabama the only state that generates more taxes from alcohol than marijuana.

  • Someday the statistic will be:
    Alabama the only state that generates more taxes from alcohol than marijuana.

  • Every state can do this.

  • Every state can do this.

  • Every state can do this.

  • Every state can do this.

  • Every state can do this.

  • Marijuana should continue 2 be outlawed coz its bad. Haaaaa I’m stoned.

    • I’m smoking too bro’…But I think I just ran amok with a machete killing people and stuff. Uummm….NOT!! Breathe deep.

    • I took weed one time and now I died.

    • Kyle Daniel … i will plant a seed to your memory … if i remember

    • Kyle Daniel and DrDok Qn…you guys are pretty funny stuff. Just the dose I needed thank you.

  • Marijuana should continue 2 be outlawed coz its bad. Haaaaa I’m stoned.

    • I’m smoking too bro’…But I think I just ran amok with a machete killing people and stuff. Uummm….NOT!! Breathe deep.

    • I took weed one time and now I died.

    • Kyle Daniel … i will plant a seed to your memory … if i remember

    • Kyle Daniel and DrDok Qn…you guys are pretty funny stuff. Just the dose I needed thank you.

  • Marijuana should continue 2 be outlawed coz its bad. Haaaaa I’m stoned.

    • I’m smoking too bro’…But I think I just ran amok with a machete killing people and stuff. Uummm….NOT!! Breathe deep.

    • I took weed one time and now I died.

    • Kyle Daniel … i will plant a seed to your memory … if i remember

    • Kyle Daniel and DrDok Qn…you guys are pretty funny stuff. Just the dose I needed thank you.

  • Marijuana should continue 2 be outlawed coz its bad. Haaaaa I’m stoned.

    • I’m smoking too bro’…But I think I just ran amok with a machete killing people and stuff. Uummm….NOT!! Breathe deep.

    • I took weed one time and now I died.

    • Kyle Daniel … i will plant a seed to your memory … if i remember

    • Kyle Daniel and DrDok Qn…you guys are pretty funny stuff. Just the dose I needed thank you.

  • Marijuana should continue 2 be outlawed coz its bad. Haaaaa I’m stoned.

    • I’m smoking too bro’…But I think I just ran amok with a machete killing people and stuff. Uummm….NOT!! Breathe deep.

    • I took weed one time and now I died.

    • Kyle Daniel … i will plant a seed to your memory … if i remember

    • Kyle Daniel and DrDok Qn…you guys are pretty funny stuff. Just the dose I needed thank you.

  • Hallelujah!

  • Hallelujah!

  • Hallelujah!

  • Hallelujah!

  • Hallelujah!

  • One day canada will make it legal watch the unemploment drop

  • One day canada will make it legal watch the unemploment drop

  • One day canada will make it legal watch the unemploment drop

  • One day canada will make it legal watch the unemploment drop

  • One day canada will make it legal watch the unemploment drop

  • Bought some today

  • Bought some today

  • Bought some today

  • Bought some today

  • Bought some today

  • They just did a story on the news here about how tomorrow the tax is gonna be suspended and the state’s gonna lose out on something like 4 MILLION!
    FOR ONE DAY!!!

    I was like, “holy wow!”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81722baed4664d2c874b4c889589e62c/tax-quirk-forces-colorado-waive-pot-taxes-day

  • They just did a story on the news here about how tomorrow the tax is gonna be suspended and the state’s gonna lose out on something like 4 MILLION!
    FOR ONE DAY!!!

    I was like, “holy wow!”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81722baed4664d2c874b4c889589e62c/tax-quirk-forces-colorado-waive-pot-taxes-day

  • They just did a story on the news here about how tomorrow the tax is gonna be suspended and the state’s gonna lose out on something like 4 MILLION!
    FOR ONE DAY!!!

    I was like, “holy wow!”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81722baed4664d2c874b4c889589e62c/tax-quirk-forces-colorado-waive-pot-taxes-day

  • They just did a story on the news here about how tomorrow the tax is gonna be suspended and the state’s gonna lose out on something like 4 MILLION!
    FOR ONE DAY!!!

    I was like, “holy wow!”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81722baed4664d2c874b4c889589e62c/tax-quirk-forces-colorado-waive-pot-taxes-day

  • They just did a story on the news here about how tomorrow the tax is gonna be suspended and the state’s gonna lose out on something like 4 MILLION!
    FOR ONE DAY!!!

    I was like, “holy wow!”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81722baed4664d2c874b4c889589e62c/tax-quirk-forces-colorado-waive-pot-taxes-day

  • Colorado Rulez

  • Colorado Rulez

  • Colorado Rulez

  • Colorado Rulez

  • Colorado Rulez

  • Shared!

  • Shared!

  • Shared!

  • Shared!

  • Shared!

  • They need to lower the taxes now. The government didn’t grow that pot. I doubt really anything they did helped grow that pot.

  • They need to lower the taxes now. The government didn’t grow that pot. I doubt really anything they did helped grow that pot.

  • They need to lower the taxes now. The government didn’t grow that pot. I doubt really anything they did helped grow that pot.

  • They need to lower the taxes now. The government didn’t grow that pot. I doubt really anything they did helped grow that pot.

  • They need to lower the taxes now. The government didn’t grow that pot. I doubt really anything they did helped grow that pot.

  • Some Scumbag in charge will manage to piss it away

  • Some Scumbag in charge will manage to piss it away

  • Some Scumbag in charge will manage to piss it away

  • Some Scumbag in charge will manage to piss it away

  • Some Scumbag in charge will manage to piss it away

  • obviously the shit’s overpriced!

  • obviously the shit’s overpriced!

  • obviously the shit’s overpriced!

  • obviously the shit’s overpriced!

  • obviously the shit’s overpriced!

  • Seems like a good thing. too bad the rest of the country can’t cash in that way.

  • Seems like a good thing. too bad the rest of the country can’t cash in that way.

  • Seems like a good thing. too bad the rest of the country can’t cash in that way.

  • Seems like a good thing. too bad the rest of the country can’t cash in that way.

  • Seems like a good thing. too bad the rest of the country can’t cash in that way.

  • My dream job

  • My dream job

  • My dream job

  • My dream job

  • My dream job

  • I am hoping that other states look at this ……..

  • I am hoping that other states look at this ……..

  • I am hoping that other states look at this ……..

  • I am hoping that other states look at this ……..

  • I am hoping that other states look at this ……..

  • So, does everyone smoke weed in Colorado?

  • So, does everyone smoke weed in Colorado?

  • So, does everyone smoke weed in Colorado?

  • So, does everyone smoke weed in Colorado?

  • So, does everyone smoke weed in Colorado?

  • Puros grifos! !!!

  • Puros grifos! !!!

  • Puros grifos! !!!

  • Puros grifos! !!!

  • Puros grifos! !!!

  • Yep, so much so they’ve exceeded the intake but don’t want to refund the excess per law.

  • Yep, so much so they’ve exceeded the intake but don’t want to refund the excess per law.

  • Yep, so much so they’ve exceeded the intake but don’t want to refund the excess per law.

  • Yep, so much so they’ve exceeded the intake but don’t want to refund the excess per law.

  • Yep, so much so they’ve exceeded the intake but don’t want to refund the excess per law.

  • Which means that taxes are too high on marijuana

    • I’ll tell you what. You pay anywhere from 5 to 20 bucks more for stuff out in Colorado because of the taxes. Its not THAT much more than black market and the fact I can walk into a store and tell them sativa concentrate and I’m looking at 5 kinds of crumble and 5 kinds of shatter to choose from and it’s guaranteed great shit. Instead of your guy telling you that he’s got some iffy shit this week if anything at all hahaha I’ll pay the tax. Oh and knock that 15% off If you live there, so uh move lol

  • Which means that taxes are too high on marijuana

    • I’ll tell you what. You pay anywhere from 5 to 20 bucks more for stuff out in Colorado because of the taxes. Its not THAT much more than black market and the fact I can walk into a store and tell them sativa concentrate and I’m looking at 5 kinds of crumble and 5 kinds of shatter to choose from and it’s guaranteed great shit. Instead of your guy telling you that he’s got some iffy shit this week if anything at all hahaha I’ll pay the tax. Oh and knock that 15% off If you live there, so uh move lol

  • Which means that taxes are too high on marijuana

    • I’ll tell you what. You pay anywhere from 5 to 20 bucks more for stuff out in Colorado because of the taxes. Its not THAT much more than black market and the fact I can walk into a store and tell them sativa concentrate and I’m looking at 5 kinds of crumble and 5 kinds of shatter to choose from and it’s guaranteed great shit. Instead of your guy telling you that he’s got some iffy shit this week if anything at all hahaha I’ll pay the tax. Oh and knock that 15% off If you live there, so uh move lol

  • Which means that taxes are too high on marijuana

    • I’ll tell you what. You pay anywhere from 5 to 20 bucks more for stuff out in Colorado because of the taxes. Its not THAT much more than black market and the fact I can walk into a store and tell them sativa concentrate and I’m looking at 5 kinds of crumble and 5 kinds of shatter to choose from and it’s guaranteed great shit. Instead of your guy telling you that he’s got some iffy shit this week if anything at all hahaha I’ll pay the tax. Oh and knock that 15% off If you live there, so uh move lol

  • Which means that taxes are too high on marijuana

    • I’ll tell you what. You pay anywhere from 5 to 20 bucks more for stuff out in Colorado because of the taxes. Its not THAT much more than black market and the fact I can walk into a store and tell them sativa concentrate and I’m looking at 5 kinds of crumble and 5 kinds of shatter to choose from and it’s guaranteed great shit. Instead of your guy telling you that he’s got some iffy shit this week if anything at all hahaha I’ll pay the tax. Oh and knock that 15% off If you live there, so uh move lol

  • Imagine no tax on it…

  • Imagine no tax on it…

  • Imagine no tax on it…

  • Imagine no tax on it…

  • Imagine no tax on it…

  • Mr macky says “drugs are bad mmkaay”

  • Mr macky says “drugs are bad mmkaay”

  • Mr macky says “drugs are bad mmkaay”

  • Mr macky says “drugs are bad mmkaay”

  • Mr macky says “drugs are bad mmkaay”

  • There is one of your resolutions to the deficit issue. Other countries would probably like us for being mellow and not belligerent too.

  • There is one of your resolutions to the deficit issue. Other countries would probably like us for being mellow and not belligerent too.

  • There is one of your resolutions to the deficit issue. Other countries would probably like us for being mellow and not belligerent too.

  • There is one of your resolutions to the deficit issue. Other countries would probably like us for being mellow and not belligerent too.

  • There is one of your resolutions to the deficit issue. Other countries would probably like us for being mellow and not belligerent too.

  • About 100 years and NZ will catch up. What a joke

  • About 100 years and NZ will catch up. What a joke

  • About 100 years and NZ will catch up. What a joke

  • About 100 years and NZ will catch up. What a joke

  • About 100 years and NZ will catch up. What a joke

  • Annnnnnd 2 hrs later she is shocked to find him at Mickey Ds eating his 3rd big mac.

  • Annnnnnd 2 hrs later she is shocked to find him at Mickey Ds eating his 3rd big mac.

  • Annnnnnd 2 hrs later she is shocked to find him at Mickey Ds eating his 3rd big mac.

  • Annnnnnd 2 hrs later she is shocked to find him at Mickey Ds eating his 3rd big mac.

  • Annnnnnd 2 hrs later she is shocked to find him at Mickey Ds eating his 3rd big mac.

  • It’s unfortunates that the only way to legalize something is by enriching the gang that outlaws it. Enriching the state is not a positive reason to legalize anything.

    • Well said, I wish people gave it more thought rather than just “yippee I can buy weed”

    • But that is the only thing they understand. The jails have too many non violent offenders that have been arrested for pot.

    • EXACTLY! Glad to know there are others out there wondering why we have to pay our government overlords for anything and everything.

  • It’s unfortunates that the only way to legalize something is by enriching the gang that outlaws it. Enriching the state is not a positive reason to legalize anything.

    • Well said, I wish people gave it more thought rather than just “yippee I can buy weed”

    • But that is the only thing they understand. The jails have too many non violent offenders that have been arrested for pot.

    • EXACTLY! Glad to know there are others out there wondering why we have to pay our government overlords for anything and everything.

  • It’s unfortunates that the only way to legalize something is by enriching the gang that outlaws it. Enriching the state is not a positive reason to legalize anything.

    • Well said, I wish people gave it more thought rather than just “yippee I can buy weed”

    • But that is the only thing they understand. The jails have too many non violent offenders that have been arrested for pot.

    • EXACTLY! Glad to know there are others out there wondering why we have to pay our government overlords for anything and everything.

  • It’s unfortunates that the only way to legalize something is by enriching the gang that outlaws it. Enriching the state is not a positive reason to legalize anything.

    • Well said, I wish people gave it more thought rather than just “yippee I can buy weed”

    • But that is the only thing they understand. The jails have too many non violent offenders that have been arrested for pot.

    • EXACTLY! Glad to know there are others out there wondering why we have to pay our government overlords for anything and everything.

  • It’s unfortunates that the only way to legalize something is by enriching the gang that outlaws it. Enriching the state is not a positive reason to legalize anything.

    • Well said, I wish people gave it more thought rather than just “yippee I can buy weed”

    • But that is the only thing they understand. The jails have too many non violent offenders that have been arrested for pot.

    • EXACTLY! Glad to know there are others out there wondering why we have to pay our government overlords for anything and everything.

  • Well, there you go…

  • Well, there you go…

  • Well, there you go…

  • Well, there you go…

  • Well, there you go…

  • And they will still cry that they need more tax dollars for roads an schools…

  • And they will still cry that they need more tax dollars for roads an schools…

  • And they will still cry that they need more tax dollars for roads an schools…

  • And they will still cry that they need more tax dollars for roads an schools…

  • And they will still cry that they need more tax dollars for roads an schools…

  • Please stop making this about taxes.

  • Please stop making this about taxes.

  • Please stop making this about taxes.

  • Please stop making this about taxes.

  • Please stop making this about taxes.

  • But more and more criminalization of the most inane offenses continue to rise ……….in sarcastic voice. …..moving forward we are as a whole lmao. Keep the truth coming guys your page is amazing

  • But more and more criminalization of the most inane offenses continue to rise ……….in sarcastic voice. …..moving forward we are as a whole lmao. Keep the truth coming guys your page is amazing

  • But more and more criminalization of the most inane offenses continue to rise ……….in sarcastic voice. …..moving forward we are as a whole lmao. Keep the truth coming guys your page is amazing

  • But more and more criminalization of the most inane offenses continue to rise ……….in sarcastic voice. …..moving forward we are as a whole lmao. Keep the truth coming guys your page is amazing

  • But more and more criminalization of the most inane offenses continue to rise ……….in sarcastic voice. …..moving forward we are as a whole lmao. Keep the truth coming guys your page is amazing

  • Wait until the other state legislatures start figuring this out. When it comes to tax revenue those whores will do anything to get more money.

    The question we should be asking ourselves next is why do I have to pay the government to allow me to smoke a plant or drink a beverage.

  • Wait until the other state legislatures start figuring this out. When it comes to tax revenue those whores will do anything to get more money.

    The question we should be asking ourselves next is why do I have to pay the government to allow me to smoke a plant or drink a beverage.

  • Wait until the other state legislatures start figuring this out. When it comes to tax revenue those whores will do anything to get more money.

    The question we should be asking ourselves next is why do I have to pay the government to allow me to smoke a plant or drink a beverage.

  • Wait until the other state legislatures start figuring this out. When it comes to tax revenue those whores will do anything to get more money.

    The question we should be asking ourselves next is why do I have to pay the government to allow me to smoke a plant or drink a beverage.

  • Wait until the other state legislatures start figuring this out. When it comes to tax revenue those whores will do anything to get more money.

    The question we should be asking ourselves next is why do I have to pay the government to allow me to smoke a plant or drink a beverage.

  • *wonders how much of that tax money is being put into health and substance abuse rehab”

  • *wonders how much of that tax money is being put into health and substance abuse rehab”

  • *wonders how much of that tax money is being put into health and substance abuse rehab”

  • *wonders how much of that tax money is being put into health and substance abuse rehab”

  • *wonders how much of that tax money is being put into health and substance abuse rehab”

  • She will say “Why the hell did the police have to shoot my child for smoking a plant?”

  • She will say “Why the hell did the police have to shoot my child for smoking a plant?”

  • She will say “Why the hell did the police have to shoot my child for smoking a plant?”

  • She will say “Why the hell did the police have to shoot my child for smoking a plant?”

  • She will say “Why the hell did the police have to shoot my child for smoking a plant?”

  • Most damage your gonna do is to you wallet and cupboard cause you wanna eat everything in the house then buy some more , but your too lazy to move .. 😉

  • Most damage your gonna do is to you wallet and cupboard cause you wanna eat everything in the house then buy some more , but your too lazy to move .. 😉

  • Most damage your gonna do is to you wallet and cupboard cause you wanna eat everything in the house then buy some more , but your too lazy to move .. 😉

  • Most damage your gonna do is to you wallet and cupboard cause you wanna eat everything in the house then buy some more , but your too lazy to move .. 😉

  • Most damage your gonna do is to you wallet and cupboard cause you wanna eat everything in the house then buy some more , but your too lazy to move .. 😉

  • Considering only two states have made it completely legal, is this a surprise?

  • Considering only two states have made it completely legal, is this a surprise?

  • Considering only two states have made it completely legal, is this a surprise?

  • Considering only two states have made it completely legal, is this a surprise?

  • Considering only two states have made it completely legal, is this a surprise?

  • but I do have to wonder about the other side of this coin…slower reaction times (i.e. driving with it still in your system), impaired rational thinking with exposure to kids in the home…that could cost with injury/health in the end, though I know there are benefits…how do you expect a person to find a place to use this without those issues coming into play…curious.

  • but I do have to wonder about the other side of this coin…slower reaction times (i.e. driving with it still in your system), impaired rational thinking with exposure to kids in the home…that could cost with injury/health in the end, though I know there are benefits…how do you expect a person to find a place to use this without those issues coming into play…curious.

  • but I do have to wonder about the other side of this coin…slower reaction times (i.e. driving with it still in your system), impaired rational thinking with exposure to kids in the home…that could cost with injury/health in the end, though I know there are benefits…how do you expect a person to find a place to use this without those issues coming into play…curious.

  • but I do have to wonder about the other side of this coin…slower reaction times (i.e. driving with it still in your system), impaired rational thinking with exposure to kids in the home…that could cost with injury/health in the end, though I know there are benefits…how do you expect a person to find a place to use this without those issues coming into play…curious.

  • but I do have to wonder about the other side of this coin…slower reaction times (i.e. driving with it still in your system), impaired rational thinking with exposure to kids in the home…that could cost with injury/health in the end, though I know there are benefits…how do you expect a person to find a place to use this without those issues coming into play…curious.

  • Woo hoo…

  • Woo hoo…

  • Woo hoo…

  • Woo hoo…

  • Woo hoo…

  • It’s time Arkansas

  • It’s time Arkansas

  • It’s time Arkansas

  • It’s time Arkansas

  • It’s time Arkansas

  • Too bad all these new residents seeking pot have driven home prices up so high its nearly impossible to get even a shitty home without being rich.

  • Too bad all these new residents seeking pot have driven home prices up so high its nearly impossible to get even a shitty home without being rich.

  • Too bad all these new residents seeking pot have driven home prices up so high its nearly impossible to get even a shitty home without being rich.

  • Lol that’s because taxes are expensive on pot.

  • Lol that’s because taxes are expensive on pot.

  • Safer too

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  • It’s all good until someone gets choked to death for selling untaxed weed.

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  • Yea just don’t moved here anymore thanks!

    • As a parent who advocates for the epilepsy community – I will continue to fight for states to legalize for medical use. But sorry – I will absolutely encourage those who I know who need CBD oil for their children to move there if that is there only option.

    • Sorry forgot to say only those who come here for the recreational weed I’m down with the medicinal use

    • I was planning to move there long before they legalized. I have been out there twice in past years and love it there.

  • lets do it!

  • Just cause you said it, I’m moving there….

  • The number of people in prison for a victimless crime is a disgrace.America has locked up more of its own citizens than any other “Free” country in the world.
    But then is money to make.

  • They don’t give a fuck

  • Take a look 🙂

  • It isn’t like we haven’t been saying that for more than 20 years now

  • You can make even more money by making it illegal then putting a tax on it pretending to be the good guy

  • Their just taking over the market! You people want them to be able to tax marijuana? Do you think there going to release the people who are currently in jail or rid the criminal records of those who have them because of pot? Because they aren’t. It’s prohibition all over again.

  • I don’t know if I’m a fan of giving government more money…

  • agreed, however why not merely repeal the Marijuana Tax Act which would allow the use of HEMP in manufacturing and Marijuana for personal use

  • save the prisons for war crimminals .thier will be plenty of them when jeremy takes office

  • If they could make more money selling it legally they would.

    • And they are. Where do you live under a rock? Look up all the states where medical marijuana is legal. The punk ass government even renamed it to marihuana to cover their asses.

    • Do u think they’re not involved with selling it illegally too? They make money on selling it illegally by fining people who get caught with i and tossing people in jail for it and having tax payers pay for it. But if its legal they only make money from selling it. Should they make it legal? Hell yea. Are they going to? Most likely not

  • The only time a Politician will fully understand what’s going on…if you show them the Money, because they don’t truly care about the people they are supposed to represent.

  • And get this novel idea . Its not harmful to you as with alcohol . Gee funny how the government has it generally regarded as safe when its influence has wrecked so many lives through its acceptable legality while pot is illegal because it is so versatile and useful for us and get this. Not one person has died from it directly as in overdose.
    Good to know our government has our best interest in mind keeping it away fromus

  • Now you’re talking the politicians language, MONEY!!!

  • that doesn’t help the prison owners though , now does it , who wants to close the private prisons ? Vote Bernie and hope its true , you know the others lie .

    • Lol, all politicians lie, even your beloved socialist

    • Wayne Dunn I’m a Brit , it’s an outsiders view

    • Then why say vote for Bernie?

    • There should never have been private prisons to begin with. Prison’s for profit are corrupt.

    • Pot just needs to be free for all to have and grow their own, period.

    • they are a sure sign that the capitalist economy is a failure

    • Mind your own business then, Wal. Bernie Sanders ruined auditing the Federal Reserve so he could empower gigantic banks and corporations that own our money. He’s a liar and a sellout just like almost everyone else we have running.

    • America is my business they cause lots of refugees to come to Europe , they want to impose TTIP on my government

    • Wayne Dunn The World in Support of Bernie Sanders

    • I am not trusting ANYONE with dual citizenship in Israel. Bernie has his own demons to deal with on that.

    • You’re government is just as guilty in the creation of ISIS and guerilla attacks on the Assad Regime as ours is. Your government isn’t part of the evil TPP just because it’s not on the Pacific.

    • Bernie Sanders can suck a huge bag of dicks. I pay 1/3 of my income to the federal government before it even hits my account, and that filthy, lying career politician wants even more. Anyone who supports him is a statist, authoritarian, or an idiot.

    • The world is corrupt, every government, every corporation, every law enforcement division, voting only makes it ok in the eyes of those in power

    • And, wasn’t the world for Obama? That worked out so well didn’t it

    • I think Obama has done a good job considering all the childish antics he has had to put up with by the republicans.

    • Are you serious? His antics iniated that and he kept it up and blamed the other branches…..

  • If that’s true, they should legalize meth, heroin, vocal email, steroids , gambling and prostitution. Just think of all of the money the government could make!

  • Sounds like Colorado needs some freedom.

  • Not the people who make money off the war on drugs. Like the prison owners

  • Prisons are for profit

  • No kidding

  • i think before they make good money the government, only for them, if they legalize have to split the money with the citizens

  • True

  • I hope Michigan dose the same thing.

  • Nope they make more money from continuing the war on drugs and using asset forfeiture to steal anything they want to

  • I wish they were smart enough in Oklahoma to what is necessary to legalize it here! But I have been in favor of legalizing it for a lot of years!!!!

  • But how will corporations make money off forced labor in their private prisons?

  • It profits the prophet to prophesy proffits!

  • The only crime is that it’s not legal !

  • Who knew? Actually we’ve known for some time

  • It’s a double whammy revenue from taxes and taxes not spent on prisons.

  • I like how you put that, legalizing it is more profitable than imprisoning for it. Not sure if it’s entirely true, but if every state made even near what Colorado does this country would be doing great, and then when you throw industrial hemp back in the mix, there goes some of that national debt

  • yes!!! … tho as a registered voter of Colorado i think that the current taxation system is way usurious, overbearing and quite Machiavellian … imo i think 25% is more than fair not the 36% + local city and county taxes on top of the states cut

  • Just go Fed with this. They’ll fold about now…

  • Take THAT Bill Bennett!

  • taxation is theft

  • Dear free thought project, politicians make way more money from lobbyists than they would from taxing marijuana. If you are trying to sway the talking heads with incentive, this isn’t how you do it.

  • and real crimes like rapes just might start getting investigated ,explain how these precints always have the cash to test any substance seized on the chance it might be a drug ,but there are now a back log of over 1 million rape kits were they have the dna of the rapist yet do not get any of them tested ,explain that shit ,bet Colorado is getting into their back logs and starting to solve rape cases ,since from every reasearch that I have read say these people who commit these crimes are repeat offenders ,you child or signifacant other maybe next

  • Well,no one said they’ll STOP putting people in prison just because it’s legal. Growers and dealers that don’t pay their permits or fees will either be forced out of business or arrested. That is the downside of legalization(as opposed to decriminalization),that legalization enables more statist control,bureaucracy and extortion. Decriminalization as they have it in Portugal is different because they still allow dealing and the hash market that comes from Morroco is allowed to thrive without government interference,oppression or extortion.

  • But think of the money they will save by less drunken accidents, less one punch problems, less emergency room patients.

  • That’s a reason the government would actually listen to, greedy bastards

  • Like what is taking so long for the message to sink in?? Colorado is doing a great job. Washington needs to work on it.

  • Colorado made taxes, prisons made profit from taxes.

  • Fuck legalization; that’s just taking money away from dealers. Decriminalize.

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  • Never thought I would see the day! Now if this would happen…

  • Never thought I would see the day! Now if this would happen…

  • Makes sense, since it’s easier to smoke out. It’s more acceptable to be completely stoned by 12pm, versus drunk at 12pm.

  • Makes sense, since it’s easier to smoke out. It’s more acceptable to be completely stoned by 12pm, versus drunk at 12pm.

  • it’s wake up time, America…

  • it’s wake up time, America…

  • How’s this bittersweet?

  • How’s this bittersweet?

  • right on

  • right on

  • It also demonstrates the power of tyranny. You’re letting them tax you obscenely for a plant. Take your freedom back and grow what you need.

    • Actually, Colorado allows each person to grow up to 6 plants for personal use. What sells is the high grade stuff grown by professionals..

    • Oh yeah. That sounds exactly like freedom.

    • Aaron Waite—no one is stopping you from homegrowing. No one is forcing you to buy that stuff. That sounds like freedom to me.

    • Try selling some to a friend.

    • Try growing enough for a year outside in the summer with a six plant limit.

    • Why not just try freedom? (Prohibition repeal).

  • It also demonstrates the power of tyranny. You’re letting them tax you obscenely for a plant. Take your freedom back and grow what you need.

    • Actually, Colorado allows each person to grow up to 6 plants for personal use. What sells is the high grade stuff grown by professionals..

    • Oh yeah. That sounds exactly like freedom.

    • Aaron Waite—no one is stopping you from homegrowing. No one is forcing you to buy that stuff. That sounds like freedom to me.

    • Try selling some to a friend.

    • Try growing enough for a year outside in the summer with a six plant limit.

    • Why not just try freedom? (Prohibition repeal).

  • people have spoken. again

  • people have spoken. again

  • hmmm… while big corporations evade US taxes… *cough* apple *cough*

  • hmmm… while big corporations evade US taxes… *cough* apple *cough*

  • Surprised?

  • Surprised?

  • If only other states would get a clue. Then, again, the the War on Drugs generates a lot of money. Plus, if they were to get their heads out of their collective a$$es, just think of the jobs that would be lost!

  • If only other states would get a clue. Then, again, the the War on Drugs generates a lot of money. Plus, if they were to get their heads out of their collective a$$es, just think of the jobs that would be lost!

  • State intervention in the private sector is not on .. There are now hundreds of unemployed Drug Dealers who are in debt to their supplyers ..

  • State intervention in the private sector is not on .. There are now hundreds of unemployed Drug Dealers who are in debt to their supplyers ..

  • Any information on where the revenue generated from the tax was spent?

  • Any information on where the revenue generated from the tax was spent?

  • For every State who keeps cannabis illegal is 100% support for the Cartels.

    The most versatile plant on earth and our government has figured out how to tax it or fine you for it

  • For every State who keeps cannabis illegal is 100% support for the Cartels.

    The most versatile plant on earth and our government has figured out how to tax it or fine you for it

  • Legalize it and tax the hell out of it…..

  • Legalize it and tax the hell out of it…..

  • Way to go my native land!!!!

  • Way to go my native land!!!!

  • In our nation the Federal Government wants to control choices, limit your privacy, and use the judicial system to keep you in line.

  • In our nation the Federal Government wants to control choices, limit your privacy, and use the judicial system to keep you in line.

  • Sorry, putting more money in the hands of the parasitic ruling class will only lead to diminished freedoms down the line. Taxing and regulating Marijuana is just as much a part of the failed and fascist war on drugs as kidnapping, caging, and killing people over plants in the first place. Make no mistake, as long as the state exists, it’s proponents will never, never, never allow you to be free. It’s all about megalomaniacs acquiring, maintaining, and keeping power of ownership over other human beings. Decriminalize and cutout the overlords.

    • Agreed! I want true freedom! Who the fuck do they think they are?

    • Hey! You can already make your own beer, wine & booze, if you want to. NO one requires you to participate. I want the tax revenue, so we can afford to pay for things. Medicare. Infrastructure.etc…#FeelTheBern

  • Sorry, putting more money in the hands of the parasitic ruling class will only lead to diminished freedoms down the line. Taxing and regulating Marijuana is just as much a part of the failed and fascist war on drugs as kidnapping, caging, and killing people over plants in the first place. Make no mistake, as long as the state exists, it’s proponents will never, never, never allow you to be free. It’s all about megalomaniacs acquiring, maintaining, and keeping power of ownership over other human beings. Decriminalize and cutout the overlords.

    • Agreed! I want true freedom! Who the fuck do they think they are?

    • Hey! You can already make your own beer, wine & booze, if you want to. NO one requires you to participate. I want the tax revenue, so we can afford to pay for things. Medicare. Infrastructure.etc…#FeelTheBern

  • I would like to know if that law change the number of murder in that country?

  • I would like to know if that law change the number of murder in that country?

  • Pay attention Wyoming.

  • Pay attention Wyoming.

  • Its funny how many people are happy to pay taxes. Actually, its sickening. I’ll be growing my own, not paying the greedy Feds for something that grows from the ground.

    • I think the appropriate term is stupid, not funny.

    • More power to you, Elliot. I’m happy to be part of society–myself.

    • If our taxes were spent on the welfare of humans and our planet, I’d be more inclined to feel good about paying them.

  • Its funny how many people are happy to pay taxes. Actually, its sickening. I’ll be growing my own, not paying the greedy Feds for something that grows from the ground.

    • I think the appropriate term is stupid, not funny.

    • More power to you, Elliot. I’m happy to be part of society–myself.

    • If our taxes were spent on the welfare of humans and our planet, I’d be more inclined to feel good about paying them.

  • This is exactly why the alcohol industry is sponsoring the movement against marijuana. It is going to cut into their profits.

    • Fuck them. They won’t get away with it for much longer.

  • This is exactly why the alcohol industry is sponsoring the movement against marijuana. It is going to cut into their profits.

    • Fuck them. They won’t get away with it for much longer.

  • well it’s a good thing the only goal on this planet is money.

  • well it’s a good thing the only goal on this planet is money.

  • This is why they made it an illegal drug so long ago, it is a threat to the oil, cotton and medical industrial complexes. It will take away MONEY from their pockets.

  • This is why they made it an illegal drug so long ago, it is a threat to the oil, cotton and medical industrial complexes. It will take away MONEY from their pockets.

  • James D. Martin

  • James D. Martin

  • Look at the difference in tax rates and the fees required to sell the two evil substances. Not comparing apples to apples. No surprise since our Governor sold beer to make his fortune. Hypocrisy is the rule, not the exception.

  • Look at the difference in tax rates and the fees required to sell the two evil substances. Not comparing apples to apples. No surprise since our Governor sold beer to make his fortune. Hypocrisy is the rule, not the exception.

  • So what does this mean?

  • So what does this mean?

  • Wsj.com

  • Wsj.com

  • like how they hide the fact teens and children been getting a hold of the marijuana candy and smoking more pot now

  • like how they hide the fact teens and children been getting a hold of the marijuana candy and smoking more pot now

  • Let’s just legalize crack for taxes too! And what’s good about putting more money in the hands of the curropt?

  • Let’s just legalize crack for taxes too! And what’s good about putting more money in the hands of the curropt?

  • The taxation rates are different…

  • The taxation rates are different…

  • Malcolm Turnbull, this is the ticket mate.

  • Malcolm Turnbull, this is the ticket mate.

  • Greed, greed, greed!

  • Greed, greed, greed!

  • Also demonstrates theft from the government.

  • Also demonstrates theft from the government.

  • Legalizing should not be seen as a means to generate more taxes for government. But to respect the right of people of asserting their free will. In fact what’s the justification for taxing marijuana?

  • Legalizing should not be seen as a means to generate more taxes for government. But to respect the right of people of asserting their free will. In fact what’s the justification for taxing marijuana?

  • Absolute bullshit.

  • Absolute bullshit.

  • Good

  • Good

  • AND I’ll bet the crime rate has gone down!!!

  • AND I’ll bet the crime rate has gone down!!!

  • ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DOESN’T GET THE MESSAGE.

  • ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DOESN’T GET THE MESSAGE.

  • And the Death to Tax Dollar ratio is much easier to deal with too.

  • And the Death to Tax Dollar ratio is much easier to deal with too.

  • So, theyre going to reduce the punitive taxation on cannabis… when?