Episode 7: To Legalize or Not to Legalize?

IMG_6324.JPGIn 2014 Colorado became the first state in the country to legalize the retail sale of recreational marijuana. Going into effect January 1, 2014, Amendment 64 made it possible for individuals over the age of 21 to purchase and possess marijuana in regulated quantities.

However, each individual city throughout the state is able to determine whether they allow the sale of recreational marijuana within their city limits. Colorado Springs allows medical marijuana sales with some limitations – like location. The nearest city with recreational marijuana sales is Manitou Springs, which has two locations currently in operation. In just two months, one of these recreational dispensaries wrote a tax check to the city of Manitou Springs for nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

With Colorado Springs hurting for tax money it is fair to question whether we, too, should legalize the sale of recreational marijuana within the city limits. What are the pros and cons and why is marijuana illegal in the first place?

We provide some stats and data in our episode. Here are some links to check out if you want some more information:

24 Maps and Charts that Explain Marijuana

History of Marijuana becoming Illegal and More History of Marijuana Criminalization 

Info on the Pueblo ballot initiative

Check out our episode To Legalize or Not to Legalize? And add your comments and information about this topic in the comments below.

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