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Hickenlooper calls for special session to address marijuana tax collection

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has called a special session, beginning Oct. 2, of the state Legislature to address the unintended consequences of one of the signature bills of the past session.

Senate Bill 17-267 inadvertently blocked tax collection by some major special districts in Denver. As the Denver Post explained "the wide-ranging spending measure that overhauled a state hospital funding program and rewrote the state's pot tax law, eliminating a 2.9 percent tax on recreational pot in favor of a hike in the special sales tax on weed from 10 to 15 percent" accidentally cut funding from RTD, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and other organizations. The problem was that those districts could no longer collect recreational pot taxes, as they had before the bill's July 1 implementation.

This is the first special session Hickenlooper has called in five years.


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