Category: colorado

Former Special Forces Officer Sues After SWAT Raid of His Legal Marijuana Grow

Getty In the early morning hours of July 22, 2016, members of the Fountain, Colorado SWAT team raided the home of Eli Olivas and his girlfriend, Marisela Chavez. They had a search warrant signed by a judge and were looking for marijuana, firearms and ammunition. Olivas, a former Special Forces Infantryman who was also a medic and received numerous decorations for his service conduct, is a legally registered medical marijuana patient. Under Colorado law, he is allowed to grow up to 99 plants. Police seized only 18 plants, which were grown in a greenhouse behind a 6-foot tall locked...

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Colorado District Attorney Claims Marijuana Leads to Homicide

AP By any objective standard, those who support marijuana prohibition are losing the war. Whether you look at polls, demographics or the advance of marijuana legalization measures across the country, those who fight prohibition are winning. This set of circumstances is causing prohibition supporters to resort more and more to wild and already-disproven claims.   Take, for example, Colorado’s 4th Judicial District Attorney, Dan May. “Marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state, and people need to start recognizing that,” he said at a press conference recently after a large marijuana operation that...

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Colorado Has Collected Over $500 Million in Marijuana Taxes Since 2014

Getty One of the major selling points for cannabis legalization in states that have yet to legalize for adult use is the prospect of increased tax revenue. When marijuana is sold on the black market, no taxes are paid or collected. But when marijuana is brought into the light of the legal market, the money that previously went to dealers goes to legitimate businesses, businesses that can only stay in business by following the various rules and regulations set forth by the state; one of those rules is being accurate and prompt in paying taxes. Retail sales of marijuana...

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