April saw a lot more than crop-watering showers in the marijuana world. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, about $22 million in recreational pot was sold in April, up nearly 60 percent from January, when retail sales started. Meanwhile, medical marijuana sales -- which still far outp ... More >>
Last year, attorney Rob Corry, who helped author Amendment 64, the 2012 law that legalized limited recreational marijuana sales, campaigned against cannabis taxation measures by, among other things, co-hosting rallies featuring free joints. Corry's efforts fell short at the ballot box, so now he's ... More >>
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient Registry continued its slow but steady climb in March according to statistics released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As of March 31, there were 115,208 active red cards in the state -- up 1,767 people from the month before.
Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is among the most powerful figures in conservative politics thanks to his "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" -- a promise to oppose tax-rate hikes for individuals or businesses that 41 U.S. Senators and 238 U.S. Representatives have signed. In rec ... More >>
Earlier this week, Miguel Lopez, organizer of the annual 4/20 rally, expressed his opposition to Measure AA, the taxation proposal for recreational marijuana up for vote in November, by staging a Civic Center rally at which attendees were given free joints. The Colorado chapter of NORML (National O ... More >>
The Boulder City Council approved a 5 percent municipal excise tax on cannabis for growers and manufacturers last night and decided against enacting a separate sales tax -- for now, at least. The city did leave open the option of a 5 percent sales tax if other cities -- namely Denver -- introduce a ... More >>
As we told you last month, Boulder City Council is considering adding a 26 percent tax on retail marijuana sales in the city -- in addition to state taxes. The measure has gained steam since then, and tonight the city wants to hear from the general public. As it stands now, Boulder is proposing co ... More >>
Legislators working on bills pertaining to Amendment 64 nearly passed a repeal measure aimed at retail sales of recreational pot in part over fears that taxes modest enough for voters to approve might not cover costs. But a document revealing retail sales and state sales taxes in fiscal year 2012 (s ... More >>
Earlier today, Governor John Hickenlooper made his mark on six marijuana bills, pushing retail sale of recreational pot closer to becoming a reality and putting at least a temporary end to quandaries that occupied the legislature throughout much of the just-concluded session. "Clearly, we are chart ... More >>
Earlier today, we shared the thoughts of Sensible Colorado head Brian Vicente about the federal government's continued silence on Amendment 64, the marijuana measure he co-authored. But we also asked Vicente's views about the newly passed but not yet signed marijuana laws spurred by A64, as well as ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we shared a draft proposal that would repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, if voters don't approve a 15 percent sales tax during a November election. Also included was an opinion by attorney Ed Ramey that s ... More >>
Amendment 64 opponents are threatening to force a repeal of the measure allowing adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if legislators don't approve a sales tax that's higher than necessary to cover costs. That's the claim of A64 proponents, who have scheduled a press conf ... More >>
Yesterday, we noted that the marijuana bills needed to implement Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis, would be facing their first tests. But the exams are far from over. The most high-profile of the bills squeaked out of its first c ... More >>
In coverage of last week's final Amendment 64 task force meeting, our Charles Trowbridge noted that in addition to a recommendation about a 15 percent excise tax at the wholesale level, an idea about a 25 percent point-of-sale tax was also floated. Task force member Christian Sederberg stresses that ... More >>
This week, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, have been ballyhooing a new ad featuring the endorsement of singer Melissa Etheridge. But act opponents are focused more on another commercial -- a spot highlighting revenues for school construction. They say the spot ... More >>
See Also: • Tax Evasion: How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too. As the saying goes: There are only two things that are certain and unavoidable in this life -- death and taxes. And while both might be causing folks to lose sleep these days (you didn't forget tax time is upon ... More >>
Is the Colorado Department of Transportation looking at hiking taxes on gasoline and electric cars? That's the implication from an Independence Institute report, which quotes from CDOT e-mails. But spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says there's no proposal yet, and one is unlikely this year.
The Denver Public Library is in financial trouble. Since 2003, city budget constraints have caused the system to cut hours, reduce staff and spend less money on new books. And it may only get worse: Next year, the library has been instructed to cut another $2.5 million from its budget. Start ... More >>
Mike Rosen.Update below: This week, a tipster informed yours truly (and Colorado Pols) that KOA talk show host Mike Rosen had basically copied a 2008 column he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and republished it in December as a Denver Post piece. Rather than simply running side-by-side exce ... More >>
David Zamzow."If you are looking for a blend of personal service and expertise, you have come to the right place!. I offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals." So reads the welcome message on Fort Collins CPA David Zamzow's website. No men ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
Douglas BruceOpponents of three tax-slashing ballot initiatives say their polling shows that the measures might actually be approved by voters -- despite a multi-million-dollar ad blitz starting this weekend designed to crush them. Coloradans for Responsible Reform recently spent $250,000 on ... More >>
A Flickr photoForty-eight hours is about all you've got left...April 15 -- the deadline for filing income-tax returns -- is just two days away. And in case your stress over that fact isn't already overwhelming, the U.S. Attorney's Office has a message: "It is important to file complete and ac ... More >>
"When I said, 'Put that in your pipe and smoke it,' I didn't mean it like that!"Attorney General John Suthers has been the high-ranking state official most likely to imply that the sky is falling in relation to medical marijuana. No wonder he cheered a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in the ... More >>
Every week it seems like another $300 million must be slashed from the state budget. Even if there is no money left to pay for the 2009 state income tax refunds next year, Governor Ritter should plan to send out one "Colorado Cash" coupon for every $100 worth of state income tax owed by the state. W ... More >>
Dan Haley. In 2004, the Denver Post gave George W. Bush the most intellectually contorted endorsement imaginable, in part because MediaNews Group head man and Post publisher Dean Singleton, a personal friend of Dubya, more or less big-footed the editorial board into boosting his pal. ("Choice Cut, ... More >>
The cost of cigarettes could go up in smoke this November.
Mildred Bennett's lost her home, but she's got a $35,000 consolation prize.
Is this crazy, or what? The only way Mildred Bennett can get her house back is to prove she's mentally disabled.
A state property-tax goofup means that a poor Colorado county has to pay back a huge oil company.
Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.
The EPA messes with a widow over a Commerce City warehouse and winds up making its own mess.
The streets aren't paved with gold down in the brand-new city of Lone Tree --yet.
Need some special-interest legislation? Here's how this year's session measures up
A "nonprofit" hospital gets its lucrative office buildings taken off the tax rolls.
THE HISTORY OF A TAX LOOPHOLE--AND HOW IT GOT PLUGGED.
NEED A TAX BREAK FOR THE NEW YEAR? CONSIDER RAISING BEES, DONKEYS, HAY OR, AS A LAST RESORT, A STINK WITH THE COUNTY ASSESSOR.TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE? FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER SEEKING A TAX BREAK, THAT'S NO QUESTION. BUT TAXPAYERS GET STUNG.
THE DEFECTION OF PHILIP ANSCHUTZ IS JUST THE LATEST RED FLAG IN THE PEPSI CENTER DEAL.
THE CITY LOANS $270,000 TO A BUSINESSMAN WHO PILED UP DELINQUENT DEBT.
DID A SQUABBLE WITH COLORADO SPRINGS COST FORT COLLINS $300 MILLION?