Counties Shouldn’t Be Able To Double-Tax Marijuana

COLORADO:  Counties and cities have a right to tax their citizens to help the government pay for services — but taxpayers have a right not to be gouged.

Two separate bills in Colorado’s legislature would allow counties — with approval from voters — to assess a special sales tax on recreational marijuana even if municipalities in those counties already have a special tax in place.

This effectively would be a double tax, and that should not be allowed.

A simple way around the problem would be to amend the legislation so that a county couldn’t levy a special retail marijuana tax in areas that already assess such a tax.