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How Much Would You Pay?

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8/7/2013 7:53 AM  RssIcon

At the last Special Issues: Amendment 64 Committee meeting, the Denver City Council approved a ballot question for the  November 05, 2013 election  that asks voters whether or not the City should impose a special sales tax on recreational marijuana. Called a referred ordinance, the ballot question asks voters to approve a floating special sales tax ranging from 3.5% to 15% with an initial rate of 5%.  Click here to view charts that compare total costs of recreational marijuana at various weights and tax rates.   In the State of Colorado, any new tax must be approved by the voters.

The bill to refer the tax measure to you, the voter, is expected to be introduced on Monday, August 19, 2013.  It must pass Council twice and a public hearing must be held to seek your input before the measure is put on the ballot.  Then it will be up to you to decide on November 5, 2013.  Sign up here to receive weekly emails when the Council Agenda and Meeting Schedule are posted to the website so you can tune into City Council’s deliberation of this issue. 

The next Special Issues: Amendment 64 Committee on August 12, 2013 will focus on Denver’s licensing and regulation of retail marijuana businesses.  How close shops can be to schools is an example of the types of regulation that could be outlined in this ordinance.  Additionally, a presentation on the State of Colorado regulations and how they affect Denver’s choices is also scheduled. 

Stayed tuned for the public hearing date and make sure you are registered to vote by October 08, 2013! 

Next week’s blog will take a look at other proposed referred ballet ordinances from the Good Government Committee.

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