by David Downs
Pro-cannabis groups outspent anti-cannabis groups by a ratio of more than four to one in Colorado, The Denver Posts' John Ingold reported this week. "The Medical Marijuana Industry Group, a trade organization for dispensaries, has spent $55,750 on lobbying since July 2012," he wrote. Anti-regulation group Smart Colorado, which opposed Amendment 64, spent more than $56,000 on lobbyists this year, according to public records.
Overall, pro and anti-cannabis forces spent at least $183,000 on lobbyists in April and May, and at least $331,000 during the last year, though "that figure does not include the money spent by numerous other groups — everything from law-enforcement organizations to labor unions to ski resorts to a national liquor trade group — that have registered interest in marijuana bills in lobbying disclosure forms but have also lobbied on many other issues,” Ingold noted.