Counties that outlaw pot retailers want revenue

County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca



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County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca

Several counties in the state that don’t plan to allow the retail sale of marijuana still want a piece of the tax revenue that may be collected on the weed, should Proposition AA pass…




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Typical example of our “now” society wanting something for nothing.  Our leaders of Mesa County ban sales in Mesa County but then want part of the tax revenue from neighboring counties.  Great foresight when the state has passed the issue.

In most organizations I have been a part of the leadership considers all the scenarios and then makes a decision. Not here in good ol’ Mesa County where reactions are easier than providing leadership up front.  In this case, to understand if the banning of sales in local municipalities only causes more issues of safety when consumers travel to neighboring counties to get the product.

How bout up front lining up to tax the sales and collect the revenue in the first place.  Of course, that would be political suicide instead of just doing the right thing!

The easiest thing is to bring the decision of retail Marijuana shops to the people. TABOR for taxes. Why not ask the people if these small businesses are appropriate for our community?  IF a municipality or even a county wants a share of the profits, they need to share the risk of taking on a new drug paradigm.  To expect an equal share as those allowing the businesses, is a non-capitalistic non-free-market expectation.

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