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Prop. AA would apply to retail marijuana sales that will be regulated under Amendment 64. Prop. AA asks voters to approve an additional 15% excise tax on wholesale transfers of cannabis to raise an estimated $27 million to fund school construction, and an additional 10%-15% sales tax to raise an estimated $33 million to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force, according to the Blue Book.
1) Voting No on Prop. AA WILL NOT AFFECT the implementation of Amendment 64. There are rumors being spread that if citizens do not vote for these taxes, then A64 will be repealed or diminished in some way. THIS IS NOT TRUE! It is just fear-mongering on the part of the pro-tax campaign designed to scare voters into approving these exorbitant taxes.
2) Marijuana sales are already subject to a 2.9% statewide tax, along with all other local taxes. The Prop. AA tax represents the LARGEST TAX IN COLORADO HISTORY. Since marijuana is already taxed, there is no need to approve an exorbitant tax far beyond any other product.
3) Regulation of retail marijuana stores is ALREADY PAID FOR by the licensing fees that dispensaries pay. There is no need for an extra $33 million to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force. Dispensaries are already well-regulated and strictly-controlled using existing fees.
4) A64 was promoted to voters as a system to regulate marijuana
"like alcohol". However, taxes on alcohol are less than
1% on average. A 30% tax on marijuana is exorbitant. Voters should
be outraged at this
5) A 30% tax will allow the black market to continue to thrive, defeating the purpose of trying to create a legal marijuana industry.
6) The $33 million that the Blue Book estimates will go to fund a NEW Marijuana Police Force in the first year is outrageously disproportionate to what other agencies need to regulate their industries. For instance, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for monitoring the tens of thousands of oil and gas wells dotting the state, has a budget of $9 million. The Liquor Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue operates on about $2 million. The entire Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a budget of less than $8 million. THIS NEW TAX WILL COST MORE THAN PROHIBITION DID!
7) The state should have allowed voters to vote on the excise tax
(for schools) and the sales tax (for police) separately. The legislature
caved in to police pressure to combine the issues into one ballot
8) The NEW Marijuana Police Force created through the Department of Revenue will cause more marijuana-related investigations, arrests and prosecutions, which is contrary to what the voters intended when they voted to "legalize" marijuana in A64. More police to go after pot crimes is not "legalization".
9) Added taxes will encourage the Government to waste money. Already, the Office of the State Auditor has exposed rampant, institutional waste, corruption and malfeasance by the Department of Revenue medical marijuana pot cops. Giving more money to the DOR will only increase the corruption and waste.
10) The Yes on Prop. AA campaign is endorsed by Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John Suthers, the Denver Post, and SMART Colorado, some of the MOST ANTI-MARIJUANA PEOPLE in the state. If these people want you to vote yes on AA, it CAN'T BE GOOD FOR CANNABIS.
NO ON PROP. AA ENDORSEMENTS
HOW TO VOTE NO ON PROP. AA
"No on Prop. AA" Election Day Party
Casselman's Bar and Venue
Music provided by:
1BluntRadio (Radical MJ DJ music)
- Join the "No on Prop. AA" campaign as we watch election
returns at Casselman's.
For more information, see the:
Nov. 6, 2012
A64: "Legalization" Initiative Passes 54% YES to 46% NO and becomes part of Colorado Constitution.
We will be "first to legalize", but not yet!
Click here to read why it is NOT Real Legalization
Denver Global Marijuana March
Saturday, May 3, 2014
time and route T.B.D.
The 45th U.S. National Smoke-IN Friday
July 4th 2014
The White House
March to Lincoln Memorial with music and speakers there till 9:00p.m.
Washington D.C. to be a part of these major events please get involved now!