Interesting article in the Huffington Post about how Colorado ski towns are handling the legalization of recreational marijuana. There will be retail pot shops in Aspen, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, and Telluride, but not in Vail.
The article cites a number of facts on marijuana that are of interest:
- Colorado received $5 million in tax revenue from medical marijuana in 2011.
- Inmates in prisons for marijuana-related crimes cost $1 billion annually to US taxpayers.
- Enforcing the prohibition on marijuana, including lost tax revenue, costs the U.S. $41.8 billion.
- The market for illegal marijuana in the U.S. is estimated at $36 billion per year.
- In July of 2011, there were more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks coffee shops in Denver.
I’ve previously written here about Amendment 64 and the THC DUI Bill.