Wake-Up Call: Tax Marks The Pot in Denver

On December 1, the City of Denver will start collecting city sales tax from every medical marijuana dispensary in the city. “Tax revenue agents will be meeting with all dispensaries, giving them the information,” says Denver City Attorney David Fine.

Not that the city has a list of all the dispensaries. But Fine is confident the city will find them — or that the dispensaries will simply find their way to the City Treasurer, and cough up the 3.6 percent tax. “That’s the easy part,” Fine says.

Things get harder from there. “The state legislation is going to be the important part,” Fine says. “That’s going to be fascinating.”

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has already determined that the state can collect its 2.9 percent sales tax on the sale of medical marijuana. But that’s just the start of the state issues. The Colorado Board of Health still needs to decide if it’s going to redefine the “primary caregiver” role, although it’s postponed a planned December 16 meeting at which it was originally slated to do that. And state senator Chris Romer continues to work on proposed legislation that he’ll introduce next session, which will not only call for regulations on dispensaries, but also license growers supplying dispensaries.

In the meantime, Denver won’t stop with collecting taxes. On Wednesday, December 2, City Councilman Charlie Brown will be at the council’s Safety Committee meeting, unveiling his proposal for regulating dispensaries in Denver. “I’m no alarmist,” Brown says, referring to the alarm that went off at the November 18 meeting, where he first discussed the idea of new rules regarding dispensaries. “We’re offering them a license to operate in our city. They’ve got to worthy of the public trust, and they have to live up to that.”

– Article from Westword on November 30, 2009.


1 Comment

  1. Mokkie on

    Is Andy Stern and SEIU trying to undermine Medical Marijuana Laws? You decide. I will start at the top and work my way down. Andy Stern leader of SEIU has made 22 visits to the White House since President Obama took over the White House. SEIU members include Law enforcement officers and prison guards. Bear in mind SEIU Has members such as nurses and others that want to reform health care. If you go to different blogs that about medical marijuana or clinics you will find at least 1 law enforcement officer that will come out against Medical marijuana. until someone mentions SEIU. they will then back off. My question is what did President Obama promise Andy Stern and SEIU? And what did Andy Stern and SIEU promise President Obama? My gut tells me they are trying to undermine the Medical marijuana at the very least. And possibly the Constitution. If you look at it marijuana being illegal equals More people to be arrested more people being put into prison. More people in prison equals more union jobs.I may be totally out in left field. But it seem to me some thing is just not right. You decide. If they are trying to undermine the Constitution there will be more people going to prison.