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Tax on medical marijuana a boom for community revenues

Posted on: October 25, 2010

When many states approved legalizing medical marijuana they also approved taxing the sale of medical marijuana. It seems that the tax on marijuana has proven to be a boom for revenue for many small communities.

For example, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, tax revenue from the sale of medical marijuana has risen to about $50,000 per month. With this new found revenue, the city is planning to pay for three detectives and a code enforcement officer for a new medical marijuana team to be created in 2011. The team will be part of the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Task Force.

Cities and towns are finding that this new industry calls for measures to make sure everything is done safely and not have an impact on the quality of life in the community. What better place to ensure this by growing law enforcement.

I’m not a big proponent of medical marijuana however I do agree that if a community allows medical marijuana shops it should also provide enforcement and protection. Some crimes have been involved with these shops and it is only right that the shop owners as well as the community need to be protected.

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