How Far Does Cannabis Taxation Go?
Updated by Jeff Diem: February 5, 2017 - 9:28 pm
Congratulations Colorado, 2016 was the first year where legal cannabis sales topped $1 Billion! It seems most residents of Colorado believe that the majority, if not all, of the revenue which the state taxes at nearly 28% goes to the public schools. While it’s true some tax revenue goes to the school districts, it’s not nearly as much as most people think. When compared to the $2.73B the eight largest school districts in Colorado requested from voters in November 2016, the amount of revenue really going towards the school districts is quite small. On last year’s ballot, Denver alone was requesting $527M which exceeds the entire tax revenue of about $306M.
We found this great chart on 9news.com that helps illustrate where Colorado’s marijuana tax dollars flow: www.9news.com/news/where-does-all-that-colorado-pot-tax-go/298554132
The History of Cannabis You Don’t Know
Updated by Jeff Diem: January 2, 2017 - 10:06 pm
In the United States it seems that we are finally enjoying a party celebrating cannabis’ coming of age. As we head into 2017, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and Washington D.C. will have legalized cannabis for recreational use. In addition, 28 states have legalized Medical Marijuana. It seems that cannabis has come of age and is enjoying main-stream use and emerging from the shadows of society. While many users are at least vaguely familiar anti-cannabis videos such as the 1930s Reefer Madness and the anti-drug stance of the Reagan Administration (Just Say No and DARE) it’s hard to imagine a time when cannabis cultivation and marijuana use were a normal part of a functioning society. Premier Can Clean wants to share some lesser known facts about the history of cannabis.
Hemp, Ropes, and English Colonies- Hemp (male cannabis plants) was processed in the 1600s to be used as ships' ropes. The demand for this rope was so high in the early 1600s that the English Royalty required all English Colonists in Jamestown to grow hemp for use in Royal Navy ships.
Mount Vernon’s Relationship with Hemp- Even our Founding Father, George Washington grew hemp. Our first president grew hemp for use in ropes, ship sails, clothing, and even the occasional fishing net. At one point, George Washington deliberated whether or not hemp could be a more lucrative crop than tobacco.
Marijuana Use and Mexican-American Relations- During the Great Depression the United States tightened its immigration laws with Mexico. After the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) Mexican immigrants moved to the United States in search of jobs. Alcohol, which was under threat due to prohibition was expensive, and the Mexican immigrants turned to marijuana as a cheaper alternative.
Willie Nelson Smoked a Joint at the White House- Alright, this one takes a little digging, but Willie Nelson’s 1988 biography has a chapter that talks about Willie Nelson smoking a joint on the roof of the White House in 1978 with Jimmy Carter’s son, Chip. The story goes that Willie Nelson was playing a set on the White House lawn for NASCAR and later that night he climbed onto the roof of the White House with a then 28 year old Chip Carter. While it’s a little difficult to confirm this one, Willie Nelson does admit to forgetting to tell the President and his wife Roslynn Carter in his interview with Jimmy Kimmel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR85J-s4mh4.