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Coloradans split on Prop AA

Published On: Oct 23 2013 12:08:44 AM CDT

An important decision is left in the hands of Coloradans, either vote yes, and recreational marijuana will be taxed, or no, and government programs will be affected.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Coloradans are going to have make an important decision when it comes to recreational marijuana.

If Proposition AA is passed a 15 percent excise tax will be put on recreational marijuana and there will be an additional 10 percent sales tax along with state sales tax and local taxes.

The taxes will go toward the maintenance and construction of schools and funding a group who will regulate recreational marijuana.

Kenneth Davis believes public schools need the money, but not at the cost of taxing recreational marijuana.

“You’re funding a good public project, but marijuana is a drug and historically that’s not been successful,” Davis said

Representative Mark Waller estimates that an enforcement task force will cost $25 million a year.

Lono Ho’ala says the money would be better spent on other marijuana issues.

“Nobody is really paying attention to what’s safe, marijuana testing, what kind of substances are being sprayed on the marijuana plant,” Ho’ala said.

There are educational benefits for approving Prop AA, since they will receive about $40 million for upgrades and construction.

District 11’s Glenn Gustafson feels schools around the state will need this funding.

“There are certainly some districts that will benefit from this that have emergency needs in their schools,” Gustafson said.

If Prop AA doesn’t pass, Amendment 64 requires a group to regulate recreational marijuana and that money could come from other government programs.

If a person is using marijuana for medical purposes they are not going to be taxed.

We will find out if Prop AA passes on Nov. 5

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