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Edmond police find 500-plant marijuana grow
Edmond police say they have located their biggest marijuana grow ever.
“The homeowner called us,” said Jenny Monroe, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department. “When officers arrived, they saw the back door open and they could see a venting system and all the wiring coming out of the back of the house. They could see some plants and smell a strong chemical odor.”
Inside the home, located in the 1300 block of Jamestown, investigators found roughly 500 pot plants, some as tall as 4 feet.
“The entire home was covered with plants,” said Monroe. “Everywhere except the kitchen.”
The operation was so large, investigators brought in a 22-foot U-Haul truck to clear the home.
According to police, their investigation started a few months ago when a utility company noticed the power had been cut off.
The marijuana growers were siphoning electricity from their neighbors to fuel their illegal activity, police said.
“I saw the guy once,” said neighbor Bill Womble. “He came over once asking if our power was out. That was the only time I saw him.”
Investigators said they’re working on tracking down the people behind the grow operation.
“They were cash-paying renters. The landlord said they never had any issues. This operation was going on in this neighborhood without anyone really being aware of the situation,” said Monroe.
It’s believed the renters may have skipped town.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Edmond police.
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In Colorado, Marijuana Taxes May Have to Be Passed Back
DENVER — In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness.
A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public — and lawmakers do not want to.
The problem is a strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution that touches every corner of public life, like school funding, state health care, local libraries and road repairs. Technical tripwires in that voter-approved provision, known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, may require Colorado to refund nearly $60 million in marijuana taxes because the state’s overall revenue estimates ended up being too low when the marijuana tax question was put to voters. Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out a way to keep that money, and they are hoping Colorado voters — usually stingy when it comes to taxes and spending — will let them. In rare bipartisan agreement on taxes, legislators are piecing together a bill that would seek voters’ permission to hold on to the marijuana money.
“Despite our anti-tax feelings in the state, there’s an exception being made when it comes to marijuana,” said Michael Elliott, the executive director of the Denver-based Marijuana Industry Group, a trade organization that has not taken a position on the refund issue. “The industry is making a huge economic impact.”
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