Colorado Marijuana Market Funds Busts of Illegal Growers
DENVER (AP) — The first recreational pot market in the U.S. was set Thursday to notch another marijuana first when Colorado approves using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations.
A measure scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper sets aside nearly $6 million a year in Colorado marijuana tax revenue to reimburse police for investigating black-market marijuana activity that authorities say has increased since the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
The fund was backed by police groups who complain that marijuana legalization has attracted illicit marijuana growers along with legal ones.
The bill was also backed by Colorado’s nascent marijuana industry amid complaints that illegal growing operations undercut prices of pot grown legally and give legalization a bad name.
Drug Use in the Workplace Has Increased Dramatically
There are now more American workers showing up to their job with drugs in their system than there have been in over a decade.
New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics, a company that provides human resource departments all over the nation with drug screening services, revealed earlier this week that there are now seeing more employees test positive for illegal substances, such as cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, than they have in the past 12 years.
Unfortunately, it seems that legal marijuana could be putting some of these workers in the unemployment line.
The report shows that Colorado and Washington, the country’s first two states to establish a system that allows adults to buy weed in a manner similar to beer, have experienced significant increases in workers testing positive for THC metabolites.
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