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Medical marijuana program should come before legalized recreational use

Returning from a long drive through Marijuanaland, also known as Colorado, I can report that there is no massive transformation. No potheads loitering in the streets. And citizens are still earnestly debating the subject.
Proponents of legalized cannabis in New Mexico weave tales of vast riches from tax revenues, but it’s not entirely working out that way.
Colorado’s law has a local option provision, so each county gets to decide whether it wants marijuana dispensaries. Some counties have voted it down, and others have yet to vote.
As for tax revenues, a youthful source told me the taxes are so high it’s cheaper to buy it on the street. Recreational users pay a 2.9 percent state sales tax, a 10 percent special marijuana sales tax and a 15 percent retail excise tax.
Because it’s legal to grow six plants, 40 percent goes untaxed, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. The projected $48 million in marijuana taxes for the fiscal year ending in June withered to $12 million.
One of my friends complains that Mary Jane’s tax revenues can only be used to build schools — the excise tax’s first $40 million is earmarked for school construction — but some communities don’t need to build a school. They need to improve the schools they have.

Poll

Now that it's finished, what do you think of the county's $2.2 million improvement project for Ashley Pond?

What is THE one thing Los Alamos needs in order to become more attractive to potential residents and tourists?

This town needs more restaurants and night life.
14% (95 votes)
Los Alamos must have more up-to-date, attractive housing options.
3% (17 votes)
There should be a real mix of retail shopping opportunities.
8% (50 votes)
There cannot be just one, it needs to be a blend of all of the above.
61% (402 votes)
None of the above... Leave this town alone.
14% (92 votes)
Total votes: 656

How will you vote on the proposed 2-mil tax levy for UNM-LA?

Yes, I will support the proposed tax increase.
52% (90 votes)
No, I will not vote in favor of a tax increase.
48% (84 votes)
Total votes: 174

Should county officials prohibit the Los Alamos Monitor from placing a newspaper rack at the new municipal building?

Yes, it's their building and they should be able to control everything.
19% (136 votes)
No, the building belongs to taxpayers and there should be a news rack there.
70% (505 votes)
I'm not sure.
4% (30 votes)
I don't know, does the First Amendment really matter any more?
7% (50 votes)
Total votes: 721

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