Sep 082013
 September 8, 2013

colorado tax protest free joints civic center denverI received the following e-mail alert today from the Colorado 420 Coalition:

*FREE JOINTS IN CIVIC CENTER PARK*
NO ON AA TAX PROTEST and CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
Monday, September 9, 2013
11:00am
Greek Amphitheatre, Civic Center Park
Downtown Denver

*DETAILS*

Who: Friends, Cannabis Consumers, Countrymen, “No Over Taxation,” a Registered Issue Committee, A Whole Lot of Homeless People, campaign volunteers, Robert J. Corry, Jr., “Scorched Earth Lawyer” and Amendment 64 co-drafter.

What: Formal Launch of “No on Proposition AA” Campaign, to oppose the highest tax increase in Colorado history, authorizing a 30% State tax on recreational marijuana (15% excise tax and 15% sales tax). Free marijuana joints will be handed out to any person who is age 21 or older who attends the formal launch. No remuneration whatsoever will be accepted for the marijuana. Handing out free marijuana to adults 21+ is legal under the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII Section 16 (“Amendment 64″).

When: Monday, September 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Denver Civic Center Park, between the two symbols of government greed and oppression, State Capitol and City Hall, Greek Amphitheatre (site of Denver 420 Rally).

Why: Amendment 64 was sold as the “Alcohol Marijuana Equalization Initiative.” Marijuana taxes should be fair and equivalent to Colorado alcohol taxes, which are less than 1%. Passage of Proposition AA creates public safety problems. A bloated and greedy government does not serve the Public Interest. The joint handout is a real-time demonstration of basic economics: Proposition AA’s extreme taxes will undercut the Regulated Marijuana Market, and illegal Black Market and legal Gray Market (which is legal, but untaxed and unregulated) will both expand when the Government parasite kills the Industry host.

This is an official permitted political event. Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown challenges our legitimacy and claims our argument that the taxes will push people back into the black market is false, without explaining why. We challenge him on his relationship with the truth and cite arrests of cigarette smuggling rings, including one that was linked to a terrorist organization. In Florida, cigarette smuggling has increased 294%. People smuggle cigarettes to avoid their excessively high “sin” taxes! Marijuana was supposed to be taxed and regulated like alcohol, not tobacco!

For additional information, contact Larisa Bolivar, Executive Director at 703-244-4857, or Miguel Lopez, Volunteer Coordinator at 720-338-8766.

For more details, see:
http://www.NoOverTaxation.org

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Joseph

    If you guys don’t fight this, you might as well kiss it good bye.

    • loggs

      And maybe kiss good bye to Delegalizing Cannabis :(

  • jeff

    People smuggle cigarettes daily in NY state where it 10 dollars a package. City is even higher. States make money from the tax but lose more because those who buy smuggled would buy them from the store. Completely agree its ignorance that says more taxes brings more money. More taxes just creates more room for black markets to move in and look pleasing

    • joe voll

      Even with all the people buying cigarettes off the black market and people quitting smoking, the state makes far more money off the higher cigarette tax rate then they were when the tax was lower. Too many smokers will just continue buying legal taxed cigarettes no matter high how the tax gets.

      • Thisis Insane

        That is tied to the fact that tobacco smokers have such a nasty addiction they are forced to pay the tax, or suffer withdrawal. Cannabis does not affect the body anywhere near as badly, as the nasty stuff they put into the processed ‘quality tobaccos’ they sell to us.

  • Sarijuana

    If they just leave it alone, and tax it as a regular sales tax like everything else is taxed, they can keep the price reasonable AND collect more money in taxes on this new market product. Why get greedy and cause trouble? Idiots.

    They tried to impose a tax on MedCan in our state when the program first began. They wanted to impose a 25% tax on MedCan when the first (and very few) 1,000 program patients enrolled. Ridiculous! Like that wouldn’t cost more to collect than it would bring in, with so few patients? Thankfully, there were a lot more sane politicians than there were idiots, so that never happened. I hope Colorado can straighten it all out, so to speak.

  • Art Hughes

    It should simply be taxed the same as alcohol or tobacco…

  • Green Genie

    No, it should be taxed like any non-narcotic medication is, like aspirin, sleep aids, or even Vitamins.

  • rich

    grow your own and plant it eveywhere so they cant control it..parks even roundabouts and rooftops

    • Fritz Maximal

      i agree
      100% That should be the 2014 goal. Lets do it!

  • ty

    Why not tax it 200 percent? Nobody is going to pay prices like that anyway so who cares. Politicians are stupid. This will just create a black market and no one will get the tax money.

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  • loggs

    You’ve got it Legal so stop complaining. Try and live in the UK it full of Taxes

    • george

      we did live in the U.K. then we said fuck this and fought a war against taxation without representation. It was called the American Revolution and I’ll be damned if we ever let that crap happen again, oh wait….Barak Obama….damnit!

      • Dr. B

        rofl how soon it is forgotten haha great response.

    • John Smith

      Isn’t that the truth! I can’t believe UK people can actually endure it. I would go suicide terrorist or hang myself off a bridge. I can’t believe the UK government actually taxed windows. Whats next? Trees? Air?

  • loggs

    I think the protest is a waste of time . What happens if the Gov say’s fck it ! Let make it Illegal again there’s too much hassles with protests !!
    It going to back fire with you Americans sorry :(
    Think About it !!

    • george

      The thing about we Americans is that our government can’t just “make it illegal again”. We employ our government reps to implement our will, not the other way around. Lets see them try!

      • Thisis Insane

        The politicians in this country are bought and paid for, and you know it. They will bend to the will of whomever pays them the most. THIS is why it’s so difficult to make it legal, because they hide under the blanket of cash and don’t want to see anything that makes sense, only what makes dollars. The SCOTUS is already stacked against us.

  • MrPC

    This protest is a bad mistake. Our choices are: (a) pay a couple of extra bucks in taxes to fund enforcement of Colorado’s very progressive marijuana laws or (b) return to the days when possession meant arrest, jail time and a felony on your record. After all these years, and all the money and lives wasted by criminalizing pot, PLEASE don’t reduce this hard-won battle to some stupid campaign against state and local government’s efforts to make sense of our new freedoms.

  • Tory

    We have a right to protest anything that we feel isn’t right and this isn’t right!!!! This will undo everything we’ve tried to do here in Colorado to stop the illegal drug trafficking rings and black markets that nearly ruined our state and now you retards want to say that we’re making a bad mistake protesting the largest tax increase in our states HISTORY?!?!? You’re fucking stupid! If you don’t live in our state, keep your fucking mouth shut. You have no clue what’s going on nor no clue what you’re talking about so you have absolutely no right to even say a word against what we’re protesting. Alcohol and cigarettes kill more people per year than Marijuana in a 30 year span and our retarded politicians want to become money hungry assholes and siphon more money to put into their pockets for pork projects! Keep to the original plan! If you raise the taxes on weed. Raise the taxes on beer, liquor, cigs, food, houses, cars, parking, and everything else to match if that’s your thinking.

    • MrPC

      Tory, Amendment 64 was sold to voters with the understanding that pot would be taxed, just like liquor. You might not notice it, but there are stiff federal and state taxes on alcohol, over and above regular sales tax. Those taxes don’t seem to make people go hunting for the nearest moonshiner or stop buying and drinking a ridiculous amount of booze.

    • Happy Haze

      Go ahead, suffocate on your own freedom.

  • Jean Anne Lewis

    I’m one of those pot-loving, pro-legalization people you’ve been warned about. I’m going to help make it available to the sick and protect your rights to live how you choose. You’re Welcome! :-)

  • John Smith

    I anticipate in the coming years BATFE will become BATFEM. The governments solution to lack of enforcement is called “money.” If they can’t win, then by god they are going to get their cut. After all your money is their money. Why should they be frugal? All they need to do is create a new tax – and now its time for the Cannabis tax. Get out your wallets, do as your told, and keep your mouth shut.

    • John Smith

      Did I mention that generations later BATFEM will likely become BATFEMSIWNKLZOP? Because everything must be regulated and everything must be taxed.

  • Happy Haze

    Saw this coming. What happened to all the “We’ll be happy to have the state tax it to death and help the Colorado economy, just let us light up”. You had to be in your own haze to think it wouldn’t. Nobody talks about the crime rate that’s spiked over the clubs where you can puff till your hearts content. No, it’s not the people who partake causing the violence. But it’s the people who know you’re baked when you come out who are waiting to rob you. You Kcuffers are never happy. Marijuana never killed anyone? Tell that to Colorado Grower Dave Ricketts and the 12 other deaths that the Colorado D.A. can show that are linked to Medical Marijuana. Your blog always has an answer for everything. I’m waiting.

    • Sean

      You should change your handle from Happy Haze to Kill Joy. That would be more fitting for the fascist prohibitionist nonsense that you spew.

    • John

      So you can see the future?

      So marijuana pulled the trigger? Beat someone? What is it people say about guns? Guns don’t kill people, people kill people? Same thing here. Stop trying to conflate violence and marijuana. The criminals are after money m o n e y and the government is contributing to the violence by making these places deal in cash only.

    • fredamae

      “Linked to Cannabis use”????
      Given the fact that someone tests positive for THC doesn’t at all mean Causation – It takes Several WEEKS for Cannabis to Metabolize Out of your system–WEEKS post any effect one may have experienced during the first Two Hours post use.
      Another attempt to “Create Crises and Mis-Inform” about a non-existent situation.
      Should people operate a vehicle immediately post use? No, but neither should they be blamed for “nothing” that “looks” like “something” without All the facts being provided.
      Many of us out here are interested in your stats that demonstrate an Increase in crime..got any credible resources?
      Too high of a tax will only deepen and strengthen the Black Market–there should be reasonable limits that won’t discriminate against the less affluent, imo.

  • Kelly Babbit

    I see a lot of pot heads unhappy about getting what they wanted.

  • joe voll

    taxes are the last thing I would worry about. Its not nearly as bad as the feds shutting it down, or the law getting repealed.

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  • Flower Child

    That’s what we were afraid of back in the 70’s. If it ever got legalized, the state and federal governments would tax it big time. Don’t they realize that if they do that, the people will stop buying it and start getting it like they always have? Illegally…Just sayin

  • Robin Rider

    I don’t get the protests and I’m a smoker. This is WHY it was legalized, to MAKE money and HELP the economy. You dumb asses.!!!

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    Grow your own dope, plant a politician!

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