Reports of Colorado’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

The nation deserves an honest debate about the future of marijuana legalization. In the opinion piece “Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally,” Jeff Hunt does a disservice to our national dialogue. After Colorado voters legalized adult-use marijuana in 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper tapped me to help lead the experiment as his Director of Marijuana Coordination, an effort to honor the democratic will with sound policy. I was not involved in the legalization debate and had limited knowledge of the industry. That was an advantage in the Governor’s eyes. This was a divisive policy issue, and it required people who could honestly listen to everybody’s concerns. The Governo

Let's be real -- Pot taxes won't save school budgets

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The San Francisco Chronicle's Green State blog on June 22, 2017. Colorado's former Director of Marijuana Coordination, Andrew Freedman, and Colorado’s former Director of the Marijuana Enforcement of Division, Lewis Koski, explains why cannabis tax revenue should not be the driving force behind legalization. Taxing marijuana is intricately tied to legalizing marijuana. To many, it is the main incentive for legalization. While the tax revenue from marijuana sales is not trivial, it is important not to overestimate the impact this revenue can have. Unfortunately, no state can rebuild all its roads, pay all its teachers more, or solve significan

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