(Denver Post file)

Pueblo County official wants taxing authority over pot grows (hemp too)

PUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo County official wants counties to have the power to tax marijuana-growing operations to fund economic development, parks, trails and local governments.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday County Commissioner Sal Pace says the excise tax would apply to marijuana grown in the county and sold elsewhere in Colorado.

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Pace says he helped draft a bill that would authorize such a tax. The current version applies only to recreational marijuana, but he wants it to include industrial hemp as well.

Pueblo city voters rejected a marijuana tax in this month’s election, but Pace says letting voters know how the revenue will be spent should help gain support for a county measure.


Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain