More than seven years since Colorado became the first state to allow cannabis to be sold at stores for recreational use, pot arrests are down, marijuana-impaired driving cases are up and school expulsions are both up and down. Those numbers — and a whole lot more — come from a new report released Monday by […]
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How much do we know about marijuana’s medical capabilities after 163 years of claims? Just a little.
It’s not so much the claims made about the magic qualities of cannabinoids that prick up the ears — curing tuberculosis, anxiety, chronic pain, liver disease. Pretty standard hype in a world of consumers slathering themselves inside and out with anything labeled CBD or THC. It’s the year. The advertising hype about miraculous treatment of […]
Colorado’s $30.3 billion coronavirus-sickened state budget explained in 10 numbers
Colorado lawmakers will begin debate Monday on the $30.3 billion coronavirus-sickened state budget — and no one is happy. “Do we love this budget? No,” said state Rep. Daneya Esgar, a Pueblo Democrat and chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee. “This budget is hard. There are a lot of cuts in this budget.” The cuts […]
How Colorado lawmakers closed a $3 billion shortfall to balance the budget and why it led to tears
To address a $3 billion shortfall, Colorado lawmakers made a series of drastic spending cuts Thursday and moved close to finalizing a state budget battered by the coronavirus and the paralyzed economy. The legislative budget committee cut $448 million from K-12 education — a 10% cut compared to a year ago. The actual cut is […]
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like “a piggy bank.” But now top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas.
Colorado lawmakers “hear it all the time,” says Sen. Rachel Zenzinger. “There’s so much suspicion around what we’re doing with marijuana money,” the Arvada Democrat told The Colorado Sun. “There is this perception that there’s a lot of money and we’re just not spending it on education like we should.” The complaints from constituents and […]