Cotton, Anthony 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2024
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1US CO: Bill Advances On Pot ConcentratesWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2014

A House bill that would establish equivalences between marijuana that comes from plants and marijuana concentrates in retail products passed through committee Tuesday.

Another bill that deals with edible pot products also has been brought forward. Both measures come in the wake of deaths that have occurred after the ingestion of marijuana products.

"Every passing day, every passing news story tells us that we have to do something about both because the public's safety is being harmed," said Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, the sponsor of the concentrates bill.

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2US CO: State Pot Tax Revenue GrowingThu, 10 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/10/2014

But Figures Are Falling Short of Projections for Colorado

Tax revenues from Colorado's sales of medical and recreational marijuana in February increased from the previous month, according to figures released Wednesday by the state.

Colorado collected $3.2 million in February, below the state's projection of $3.7 million but slightly above the $2.9 million it gathered in January.

In February, Colorado collected $1.43 million from a special 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana, plus another $438,253 from the state's standard 2.9 percent sales tax.

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3US CO: JBC Hopes To Stabilize Marijuana SpendingWed, 09 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/09/2014

Citing volatility in the pot marketplace, the legislature's Joint Budget Committee is seeking to craft a bill that would require the state to spend marijuana revenues in the year after it's collected.

The idea was raised in the committee's meeting Tuesday, a day after the state's Office of Planning and Budgeting scaled back its proposal for allocation of revenues for the next fiscal year by more than $20 million.

"This bill would allow us to look at spending in a more prudent manner," said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.

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4US CO: Pot Revenue Could Trigger TABOR RuleThu, 20 Mar 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/21/2014

Colorado voters approved the sale of legal marijuana, thinking the revenues derived would go toward such things as schools or treatment for substance abuse. Instead, it's possible that the money may be returned to them.

A Tuesday economic forecast from the state's Legislative Council said that state spending is trending higher than previously estimated. If that holds true, under TABOR statutes, the higher spending could trigger a one-year refund on any new sources of revenue - such as the taxes on marijuana.

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5US CO: Pitkin County's Popular And Unconventional SheriffSun, 31 Oct 2010
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/01/2010

ASPEN - Though he is not consumed with the future every waking hour, Bob Braudis can't deny that the idea of what's next has become an ever-increasing part of his life.

On a coffee table in the home of the Pitkin County sheriff, there are forms for a will being filled out by his life partner, De De Brinkman. A little more than a month away from ending his 24-year tenure as one of the most visible - and controversial - lawmen in the nation, Braudis has taken to carrying a camera wherever he goes, recording his dwindling days left in office.

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