In an American electoral first, a Colorado organization fighting new taxes on legal marijuana has filed a campaign finance disclosure report after a watchdog group complained that the group’s decision to give away free joints at a political rally could be considered a “campaign contribution.”
The group, No Over Taxation, handed out free marijuana cigarettes at protests this month in Boulder and Denver as part of its campaign against proposed taxes on pot production and sales, which state voters will consider next month. The group Colorado Ethics Watch then filed a complaint accusing the group of failing to disclose where it got the marijuana and how much it cost.
SEE ALSO: Majority of Americans favor legalized marijuana
In response, No Over Taxation filed a formal report last week listing the “alternative fair market price” of the marijuana handed out at $1,250, an estimate provided by Denver lawyer Robert Cory.
Mr. Cory defended the weed distribution promotion, saying, “Giving away free marijuana is a potent political tool that is fully within our constitutional rights. I think smart campaigns will forever be using this tactic.”
State officials see marijuana as a major revenue generator, but No Over Taxation has rebelled against the high duties state officials are contemplating. Proposition AA, an initiative on next month’s ballot, would authorize a 15 percent excise tax on pot sales and a special sales tax of up to 15 percent. That is in addition to state and local sales taxes, which in Denver total 8 percent.
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.