Coloradoans Must Vote Twice to Tax Legal Pot, Apparently

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The other shoe has begun to drop. Immediately following last week's historic vote to legalize pot possession in Colorado for adults over 21, the state's Republican Attorney General and drug warrior John Suthers said Coloradoans wouldn't see a red cent from pot taxes.

According to a statement from his office: "The proponents of Amendment 64 told voters that it imposed a surtax of up to 15 percent on marijuana sale that would result in up to $40 million each year going to K-12 schools in the state. In fact Amendment 64 did not comply with required language under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and no such tax will be imposed.”

Colorado Attorney General, aspiring Jeopardy host, John Suthers
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  • Colorado Attorney General, aspiring Jeopardy host, John Suthers
How did Amendment 64 "not comply" with the required language of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights?: Amendment 64 did not phrase its pot tax in the form of a question.

“Suthers' office said the measure did not contain the precise language called for under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which specifies that voters must be asked 'Shall ... taxes be increased' a certain amount of dollars per year," Reuters reports.

We kid you not, it's the 'Jeopardy' defense, with Suthers as Alex Trebek: 'We're sorry, Colorado, you did not approve your pot tax in the form of a question.'

Yee gods. Now, the Colorado Legislature has to create and pass a bill that will re-send the tax to the voters of Colorado next year.

“Therefore, such [school] revenue is speculative and will not be forthcoming when Amendment 64 begins to be implemented,” Suthers' office stated, almost with a smirk. Way to be the guy blocking $40 million for Colorado schools, John. You're doing one heckuva job there, brownie.

(Then again, if that's the best shot the defiant AG can take, Amendment 64's authors did pretty good.)

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