It is no secret that Colorado has had a larger tax revenue income over the past few years, thanks to legal weed. Especially after they reached a new record in August, raking in over $100 million.
According to the Denver Post, this obvious market success will be something too significant for Republican presidential candidates to ignore at the upcoming debate in Boulder.
The Executive Director of a Denver-based group called Marijuana Industry, Michael Elliott, said marijuana is safer than alcohol.
“There is no argument that marijuana is having a huge economic impact,” Elliott said. “When we started out, the top concern was safety, but I think almost everyone recognizes that this hasn’t had an impact on traffic safety, crime rates or teen use.”
This issue affects more than just Colorado, Washington and Oregon. According to USA Today, there are movements in 11 other states to regulate legal, recreational weed.
To read more about the presidential candidates positions’ on an American legal marijuana market, check out the full article.