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Pueblo County official wants pot-taxing authority

pottaxPUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo County official wants counties to have the power to tax marijuana-growing operations to fund economic development, parks, trails and local governments.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday (http://tinyurl.com/k6p2ayq ) County Commissioner Sal Pace says the excise tax would apply to marijuana grown in the county and sold elsewhere in Colorado.

Pace says he helped draft a bill that would authorize such a tax. The current version applies only to recreational marijuana, but he wants it to include industrial hemp as well.

Pueblo city voters rejected a marijuana tax in this month’s election, but Pace says letting voters know how the revenue will be spent should help gain support for a county measure.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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