Regulated marijuana sales in Colorado creating jobs, tax revenue without increasing crime
Last update: February 24, 2015
It’s been just over a year since Colorado became the first jurisdiction in the world to see the regulated retail sales of marijuana for adults’ use. Results have turned up overwhelmingly positive. In the first 12 months, Colorado collected more than $76 million in taxes and fees from the marijuana industry.
Meanwhile, overall crime in Denver is down slightly as compared to 2013. The state has licensed hundreds of retail dispensaries throughout the state and more than 16,000 individuals to work in the industry. That does not even include jobs created in collateral sectors, such as construction, law, accounting, and tourism. The success of Colorado’s unique industry has contributed to Denver’s commercial real estate boom and may have boosted the state’s record-breaking ski season. And despite dire warnings from prohibitionists, teen marijuana use has either remained steady or gone down, and driving fatalities have gone down. Click here for further details on life after legalization and regulation in Colorado.
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Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains
In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.
If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.
Colorado voters end state marijuana prohibition!
On November 6, 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states in the country — and the first geographic areas in the world — to enact state-legal systems of marijuana cultivation and sales to adults 21 years of age and older. The effort was coordinated under the umbrella of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, led on the ground by initiative proponents Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado and Mason Tvert formerly of SAFER and now the director of communications at MPP. This MPP-funded campaign was the culmination of an eight-year effort to build support for marijuana policy reform in the state. Thanks to each and every one of you who donated to and participated in the effort to end Colorado’s marijuana prohibition.