Newly Launched Voter’s Edge Colorado Tracks Funding Behind Ballot Measures
If Amendment 64 is approved by Colorado voters — and it’s currently leading in the polls — state and local government would regulate marijuana sales like those of alcohol.
Text of the measure is as follows:
“An amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $ 40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.”
By far, the top contributor to Amendment 64 is the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which has contributed $ 1,136,654 of the $ 1.3 million raised in total. MPP is followed by Drug Policy Action, at $ 65,000, and SAFER Voter Education Fund, at $ 12,397.
The biggest contributors to the campaign against marijuana legalization in Colorado are some group called “Save Our Society From Drugs,” at $ 12,500; Diane Carlson, at $ 5,000; and Charles McNeil, at $ 2,500. The “No” effort had only managed to scare up a meager $ 21,700 in total, as of July 6.