Marijuana revenue not what lawmakers in Colorado expected

, Posted: Wed, August 13 2014 at 3:32 PM, Updated: Wed, August 13 2014 at 4:21 PM

Marijuana revenue not what lawmakers in Colorado expected

Colo. --- The increase in revenue from Colorado's new marijuana taxes is expected to be half of what the voter guide estimated last year.

That's in part because the state may have overestimated how much of the drug the average user will buy. There's also an unexpected increase in medical marijuana patients who don't have to pay the new taxes.

Some lawmakers say this is happening because medical marijuana is cheaper than recreational marijuana. The state could just get rid of medical marijuana altogether and force everybody to pay the tax, but lawmakers say that seems unlikely.

“That would require us to go back to the people with constitutional amendment, deal with marijuana again, I don't know if anybody wants to do that,” said Colorado State Representative Tim Dore.

Another legislator says he's also heard of more people using medical pot for medical reasons. Now that pot is less taboo, some people are switching to it instead of using prescription pain pills.

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