Friday, July 15, 2011

Bruce challenges marijuana legalization on tax grounds

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Colorado Springs' favorite son, Douglas Bruce, has filed papers with the Colorado Supreme Court protesting a proposed ballot issue to legalize marijuana. Of course, he didn't do it for the reasons you'd think he would, or, rather, he did. Here's a report from a few days ago from the Associated Press:

He argues the proposal to make pot legal for adults over 21 doesn't properly say that it would raise taxes.

A proponent who brought the legalization proposal says he thought the amendment was clear that, if it's approved, pot would face a 15 percent excise tax.

Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado said that a five-business-day window to challenge the proposal has lapsed. A state board charged with approving ballot language gave the proposal clearance last Wednesday, after settling an earlier challenge.

During his campaign for City Council, Bruce previously indicated his support for medical marijuana, as he does in the AP's story for legalized marijuana.

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