A customer pays for his marijuana at Euflora Dispensary in Denver, March 11, 2015.

Colorado county ballot initiative would institute new marijuana tax for mental health funding

EAGLE — Suicide kills an American every 12 minutes — 44,000 Americans every year and 10 in Eagle County so far this year.

“Think about that,” said Andrew Romanoff, with Mental Health Colorado. “If someone attacked the United States and killed an American every 12 minutes and wiped out 44,000 of us in the course of a year, we would declare war.”

“In some ways, we have declared war, and this is a war we can win,” Romanoff said.

Romanoff was in town Tuesday, Oct. 10, to help proponents kick off their campaign for 1A, the ballot measure that would institute countywide sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana to fund mental health treatment.

“When Eagle County passes 1A, it will serve as a model for the rest of Colorado,” Romanoff said. “It’s local. It’s important. It’s a matter of life and death. If we don’t address this problem, people will die.”

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