Ballot question measures public opinion on marijuana growth
On Tuesday night, Craig City Council members and any Craig citizens who attended the bi-weekly meeting left City Hall to find fliers on their windshields.
The fliers were left by supporters of the Referred Measure 1A on Moffat County’s ballot this year. The fliers said:
“Vote Yes on 1A
• Bring economic growth to our local community
• Increase tax revenue
• Encourage businesses to relocate to Moffat County
• Cultivate Prosperity”
The measure asks Moffat County residents if marijuana cultivation facilities should be allowed in the county. Moffat County commissioners can still reject the measure, even if the public votes for it.
Maybell resident Kris Brannan hopes for enough public support to sway the commissioners.
“We can get $2,600 a pound for marijuana, or we can get 10 cents a pound for hay,” Brannan said. “It’s just economically feasible for us to do, and that’s why we’ve been trying to get it going.”
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said the measure serves as a public opinion poll more than anything. The commissioners will make a final decision after the election is over.
“I stand by my commitment to go with the will of the people on this,” Kinkaid said. “What the outcome will be in the end, I don’t know.”
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.