Marijuana Tax Windfall Isn’t Fixing Colorado’s Education Funding Gap

In this April 16, 2018 photograph, Washington, D.C., native Callie Gonyea, a second-year instructor at Ellis Elementary School in Denver, joined about 400 different academics at a protest on the Colorado state Capitol. Colorado academics are calling for larger salaries and improve funding for faculties, prompting some voters to query the place the state’s taxes on marijuana are going. (AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)

By Kathleen Foody
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Colorado academics are protesting for greater salaries and elevated cash for faculties, prompting questions on why the state’s booming marijuana gross sales haven’t fastened the funding issues.

Amendment 64, the 2012 constitutional modification that 55.three % of voters authorised to permit adults to purchase hashish, received a lift from a dedication to ship hundreds of thousands of dollars to Colorado faculties. But that requirement quantities to lower than 2 % of the state’s multibillion-dollar schooling price range, and different marijuana taxes don’t make up the shortfall between what faculties want and the state cash they get.

Here are issues to know concerning the relationship between hashish taxes and Colorado’s schooling funding:

How is marijuana taxed?

The first is a 15 % excise tax charged when hashish is bought by a grower to a retail retailer, or a enterprise that makes merchandise akin to Edibles, Extracts, or Topicals that may be consumed. It is predicated on the state’s calculation of the typical market fee for leisure hashish. Medical hashish isn’t topic to the tax.

Customers then pay a 15 % gross sales tax when shopping for leisure hashish or merchandise, however

sufferers shopping for medical marijuana or merchandise are solely charged the state’s common 2.9 % gross sales tax, plus any native gross sales taxes.

Where do the taxes on marijuana go?

Amendment 64 required the primary $40 million in taxes on wholesale marijuana to enter a fund for college development or upkeep.

Dividing up Colorado’s state gross sales taxes on marijuana will get extra difficult. Ten % routinely goes to native governments. A $30 million contribution to a state public faculty fund managed by the Department of Education is also required.


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