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“Yes we want to end prohibition — but not at any cost,” said Rachel Gillette, executive director of the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “We have to think, going forward, how is setting a precedent of an excessive tax going to affect other states that are going to follow Colorado?”
The proposed law, Proposition AA, directs a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana going from farms to retail shops. The tax is not new and was part of Amendment 64, the legalization initiative passed overwhelmingly by voters last year. This year’s proposition also includes the more controversial addition of a 10 percent special sales tax on top of the 2.9 percent state sales tax already in place.
Although NORML opposes Proposition AA, it has no affiliation with the official No campaign. The group specifically takes aim at the 10 percent special sales tax, which it calls excessive and more than enough to cover the cost of financing an adequate regulatory system.