Marijuana taxes could save treatment program

DENVER — Marijuana taxes could save the day for an endangered alcohol-treatment program in Pueblo threatened by state budget cuts.

A bill cleared for a House debate Friday sends $1 million worth of sales taxes collected from medical marijuana sales to the Circle Program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. That program stands to lose $1 million — two-thirds of its funding — under the budget proposed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 7-6 Friday to move the bill to the full House for debate next week.

The marijuana bill also extends a moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries by a year, to the summer of 2012. It also relaxes prohibitions on new residents working in dispensaries and makes other changes to how the business is regulated.


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