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Pueblo County Sheriff: State will regret new marijuana law

By: Nick Bonham, The Pueblo Chieftain
December 31, 2013 Updated: December 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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photo - Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor (Via The Pueblo Chieftain)
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor (Via The Pueblo Chieftain) 

As the historic opening day of retail marijuana sales near on Wednesday, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor doesn’t see a dip in crime, the death of the black market or a greater society.

 “My personal opinion, in 15 years we’re all going to look back on this and say it was a big mistake,” Taylor said.

High state and local sales taxes only help the black market grow, he said, and the regulatory framework established by the Legislature and county are lacking.

“Price and demand are tied together, so if you increase the price, which they’ll have to do based on taxation principles, there’s a school of thought it’ll increase the black market,” Taylor said. “The issues I think we’ll find with retail sales is with the store fronts. I think they’re going to have a hard time regulating those products that go out the front door verse product going out that back door. We’ve seen it with medical marijuana and we’ll see it with retail sale.”

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As the historic opening day of retail marijuana sales near on Wednesday, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor doesn’t see a dip in crime, the death of the black market or a greater society.

 
 
 
 

“My personal opinion, in 15 years we’re all going to look back on this and say it was a big mistake,” Taylor said.

High state and local sales taxes only help the black market grow, he said, and the regulatory framework established by the Legislature and county are lacking.

“Price and demand are tied together, so if you increase the price, which they’ll have to do based on taxation principles, there’s a school of thought it’ll increase the black market,” Taylor said. “The issues I think we’ll find with retail sales is with the store fronts. I think they’re going to have a hard time regulating those products that go out the front door verse product going out that back door. We’ve seen it with medical marijuana and we’ll see it with retail sale.”

- See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/2119224-120/taylor-marijuana-pages-pageset#sthash.B1GN7SL1.dpuf

As the historic opening day of retail marijuana sales near on Wednesday, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor doesn’t see a dip in crime, the death of the black market or a greater society.

 
 
 
 

“My personal opinion, in 15 years we’re all going to look back on this and say it was a big mistake,” Taylor said.

High state and local sales taxes only help the black market grow, he said, and the regulatory framework established by the Legislature and county are lacking.

“Price and demand are tied together, so if you increase the price, which they’ll have to do based on taxation principles, there’s a school of thought it’ll increase the black market,” Taylor said. “The issues I think we’ll find with retail sales is with the store fronts. I think they’re going to have a hard time regulating those products that go out the front door verse product going out that back door. We’ve seen it with medical marijuana and we’ll see it with retail sale.”

- See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/2119224-120/taylor-marijuana-pages-pageset#sthash.B1GN7SL1.dpuf
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