Pot Industry Leaders Willing to Give Back Millions of Dollars to Colorado State Officials
Michael Elliott, executive director of the aptly named Marijuana Industry Group, has also consistently backed Prop BB.
“As good corporate citizens, MIG and its members believe it is important to support the community. The marijuana tax dollars will be used to fund programs that are important to all Coloradans,” said Elliott. “Supporting Proposition BB is consistent with MIG’s previous support and funding for the original tax measure.”
Support for Prop BB would seem overwhelming. But those who are against it, those who want the excess tax revenue returned to where they believe it rightfully belongs — in the pockets of taxpayers — are not willing to go down without a fight.
The people who run Strainwise, one of the largest chains of legal pot stores in Colorado, have been running the “Get Your Green” campaign against Prop BB, writing on their company’s website: “If the state is allowed to retain these excess revenues, taxpayers will effectively give up a refund to pay for program expenditures NOT prioritized in the original state budget. By voting NO, Colorado taxpayers will get back money that is rightfully theirs.”
Attorney Robert Corry, Jr., has been leading the group “NO on Prop BB.” He argued returning the excess revenue would simply be the fiscally responsible way taxpayers ordered Colorado’s government to operate.
He also pointed out in an op-ed published by the Times-Call that the creation of Proposition BB is by itself an admission of guilt by state officials who wrote Proposition AA.
“Whether by incompetence, corruption or both (this is government after all), the state collected too much money,” he wrote. “Under Colorado law, politicians cannot keep your excess taxes without your approval.”
If voters decide to let state officials keep the money from what should be their tax refunds, Corry warned it will just go to government contractors so they can build “politicians’ favored special interest projects.”
“A whopping $12 million is already spoken for,” Corry wrote, “by a long line of privatized piglets who perennially suckle at the state's teats.”
And he wrote if the forces behind Prop BB are able to declare victory the morning of Nov. 4, the result will be “more dumb and insulting state ad campaigns lecturing us "lab rats" too stupid to know better.”