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Colorado Marijuana Experiment a Success: Crime Down. Tourism Up. Now the State is Giving Money Away.

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The state has collected so much money in taxes from sales of pot that it might be legally obliged to give some back to citizens.

Colorado’s marijuana experiment has been an empirically rousing success thus far, with crime down and tourism up, and now the state has collected so much money in tax from sales of pot that it might be legally obliged to give some back.

The state constitution puts a cap on the amount of tax money that can be taken in before some has to be returned, meaning Coloradans could see a share of the 0 million generated by sales of recreational cannabis.

“I think it’s appropriate that we keep the money for marijuana that the voters said that we should,” said Republican Senate President Bill Cadman.

“This is a little bit of a different animal. There’s a struggle on this one,” added Sen. Kevin Grantham, one of the Republican budget writers.

Last month, a Denver police chief confirmed that a year after legalization “everything is fine”, crime has continued to drop and police are going about their business as usual.

Source: [The Independent](http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/colorado-is-making-so-much-money-from-cannabis-its-having-to-give-some-back-to-citizens-10020466.html)

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