Marijuana Legalization: What Canada can Learn from the Colorado Experience

Article by CBC News


When you ask Colorado’s first-ever director of marijuana co-ordination what’s changed in the two years since the state legalized pot, he’ll tell you that things look “roughly the same.”

In other words, the streets are not filled with the scent of reefer and no government officials are swimming through mountains of money like Scrooge McDuck.

In 2015, Andrew Freedman, who isoften referred to as the state’s marijuana czar, said taxes on medical and recreational marijuana added about $130-million to Colorado’s $27-billion budget.

“People think we’re going to be able to construct a whole bunch of new schools. And we’re like ‘Well, no, we’re going to put roofs on ten schools,'” Freedman said in an interview Friday as part of the Calgary Eyeopener’s week-long series looking at the potential implications of legalizing marijuana in Canada next year.

“I think people wish that sin taxes could do a lot more than they actually can do. They just can’t compare to income tax,” Freedman said.

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