Cannabis Economy

One thing is in no doubt: Recreational marijuana has boosted the economy of Colorado.

We’re not all suddenly millionaires – far from it – but there have been a number of jobs created, and the taxes generated [6] by the newly developed industry have proven a boon to the state treasury.

CannabisSo much money has the marijuana tax brought in – and so fast is the marijuana economy growing – that the state has even been able to cut it without losing much income.

The aim behind this cut is to lower the price, thus forcing down black market prices, making the sale of unlicensed marijuana far less financially viable [7].

Much of the revenue from Colorado’s marijuana has gone into education and mental health initiatives – which is, needless to say, a very positive result.


[1] NORML, “Colorado Medical Marijuana Law

[2] Kit O’Connell, “New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalisation“, Mint Press News, Aug 2015

[3] Grant Schulte, “Nebraska and Oklahoma asking U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado pot legalization unconstitutional“, National Post, Dec 2014

[4] Mark Kleiman, “How To Avoid ‘Dumb’ Marijuana Legalization“,, May 2014

[5] Bill Whitaker, “The Marijuana Effect“, CBS, Jan 2015

[6] Colorado Department Of Revenue, “Colorado Marijuana Tax Data

[7] Robert W Wood, “Colorado Cuts Marijuana Tax, Targets Black Market, While Oregon Eyes 20% Tax“, Forbes, Jun 2015

Post Written By: Anne Davies

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