Free marijuana: New campaign donation in Colorado

October 23, 2013

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.

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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.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • carlos valentine says:

    You have to tax pot, because people are making money on it. Ypu have to pay the piper. Or did you think that the state is giving out free-bees. Yes pay Taxes!!!!!

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