Yesterday, this Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney (me!) wrote a blog about the many medical marijuana happenings in Colorado Springs and the State of Colorado. In July 2011, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the City was about to take in $745,000 in medical marijuana dispensary application and licensing fees, excluding sales tax revenue.
Well, the sales tax estimates were just reported today. According to the Gazette, the City brought in $710,000 in sales tax revenue from medical marijuana sales. While I'm no math wizard, it would appear that in 2011 the City's revenues were increased by $1.455 million dollars from the sale of medical marijuana. For a cash strapped municipality, that's a LOT of green (pun intended).
With freedom comes responsibility, or so I've been told. Sometimes, however, people can make mistakes--like driving under the influence of marijuana or allowing someone else to use his medical marijuana. Those mistakes are actually crimes. Not the crimes of the century, but crimes nonetheless, and with the heightened scrutiny our local DA's office is giving marijuana cases, those crimes can carry big punishments. Like loss of driving privileges, jail time, felony convictions, and huge fines. So be careful and wise out there my friends.
If you do get in trouble, give me a call. Let's see how we can make the best of a bad situation.