• Crime rates are down in Denver, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting data. There has been aOn a separate note, the Colorado Department of Revenue recently tested dispensaries in Denver and Pueblo by seeing if they would sell pot to a minor. With 100-percent compliance, not one did.
10.1% decrease in overall crime from 2013 and a 5.2% drop in violent crime.
• According to the state’s department of revenue, the first four months of legal marijuana sales have resulted in $10.8 million in taxes.
• Amendment 64 removed criminal penalties for certain marijuana-related offenses. According to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the state could save an estimated $12-40 million over the span of a year by reducing criminal penalties.
• Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill that will provide $10 million for research into the medical efficacy of marijuana.
• Gov. Hickenlooper compared Colorado’s economy since legalization to that of other states by noting, “While the rest of the country’s economy is slowly picking back up, we’re thriving here in Colorado.”