Colo. Pot Director Tells Mass. That State Revenue Gains ‘Are A Myth’

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A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver in a file photo.

Andrew Freedman, Colorado's director of marijuana coordination, said Thursday that most of the money from marijuana is going to the cost of legalization.

“You do not legalize for taxation. It is a myth. You are not going to pave streets. You are not going to be able to pay teachers,” Andrew Freedman, director of Marijuana Coordination for Colorado, said on Boston Herald Radio yesterday. “The big red herring is the whole thing that the tax revenue will solve a bunch of crises. But it won’t.”

Then the Herald asked a Massachusetts lawmaker who wants to legalize marijuana about Freedman's assertions. State Rep. David Rogers maintained that legalization will "raise some revenue." He offered no specifics, according to the paper.

If you're going to legalize pot, Freedman says, legislative action is preferable to a voter initiative like Colorado's.