More revenue and more jobs bring more support for marijuana legalization
Last update: July 28, 2015
At the beginning of 2014, Colorado became the first jurisdiction in the world to usher in a new era of regulated retail sales of marijuana for adults’ use, and today the results are overwhelmingly positive. Colorado collected more than $76 million in taxes and fees from the marijuana industry, a record amount will now go to schools, and voters are more supportive of marijuana legalization today than when they voted to end marijuana prohibition in 2012.
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.
Denver initiative would allow limited use in commercial establishments
Two of the key activists behind Colorado’s voter initiative that legalized adult access to marijuana, Brian Vicente from Denver law firm Vicente Sederberg and MPP’s Mason Tvert, recently proposed a groundbreaking citywide ballot initiative in Denver. This measure would allow the limited social use of marijuana in commercial establishments that choose to allow it. Essentially, it would allow adults to consume marijuana in businesses (or areas within them) that are restricted to adults 21 and older.
Organizers are collecting approximately 5,000 signatures of Denver voters by the early part of August to ensure it will qualify the measure for this November’s ballot. As of mid-July, the effort was about halfway to its goal, but time is running out, and we need your help.
Here is how you can help:
- Sign the petition — If you’re a registered Denver voter and have not signed the petition yet, please visit one of our petition-signing locations as soon as possible.
- Collect 25-50 signatures (or more) — Whether you live in Denver or not, you can help place this important measure on the ballot by committing to collecting just 25-50 signatures or more over the next two weeks. You could do this in your neighborhood, by asking friends and family, or at a gathering with numerous Denver residents. Get your petition today by contacting Eddie at 720-378-8570 or [email protected].