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Colorado: Special Session Ends Suddenly
October 04, 2017

Lawmakers abruptly ended this week’s special session after the GOP-controlled Senate Transportation committee rejected a bill, previously passed by the Democrat-controlled House, to resolve a marijuana tax error in legislation passed earlier this year. The legislation switched from a 2.9 percent tax on recreational pot to an increase from 10 to 15 percent in the special sales tax on marijuana. That overhaul, however, prevented the Regional Transportation District and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District from collecting retail marijuana taxes.

Both the GOP and the Democrats agreed that the bill contained an error, however nether side could agree on how to resolve the issue, hence the impasse. There is no indication at present whether the legislature will make a further attempt.

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