Colorado, the state with the strictest medical marijuana laws in the nation, has rolled out a new recreational pot program with more than 3,000 dispensaries and is now working to make it easier for recreational users to purchase marijuana.
It’s also a place that is facing the possibility of shutting down if a medical marijuana dispensary is shut down.
The Colorado Department of Revenue said Tuesday that recreational pot sales began July 1 and will end on Nov. 15.
They will begin on Jan. 1.
It’s also the first state in the country to roll out a recreational marijuana system, and the first in the Midwest to do so after Gov.
John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have allowed marijuana businesses to operate legally in that state.
The program will be funded through an excise tax on recreational pot that is set to go into effect in January 2018.
The state is also making the sales tax on medical marijuana much more attractive to consumers.
The new excise tax will be set at $10 per ounce of pot, which is the same price that recreational sales will cost.
The state also is offering an additional 1.9 percent tax on those who buy their weed from medical marijuana dispensaries.
In addition, recreational marijuana businesses are being allowed to sell at $5 a gram, a 20 percent increase from the $2 a gram that is currently the tax rate.
The tax increase will apply to both recreational and medical pot, with the former going to the state’s general fund and the latter going to its medical marijuana fund.
The medical marijuana program has been working to attract new residents and businesses to the area.
On its website, ColoradoCare says that a “growing number of people are finding that it’s important to be able to shop, drink and consume safely.”