It’s A Tax-Free Holiday For Recreational Marijuana Users In Colorado

September 16, 2015
Photo: Smoking marijuana in public (AP Photo)
Partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014.

The Taxpayers Bill of Rights requires that new taxes be waived if overall state tax collections come in higher than expected. That’s what’s happened with the marijuana excise and sales taxes approved by voters in 2013.

Wednesday’s tax holiday means smokers should save about $20 per mid-grade ounce of marijuana purchased. Overall, Colorado is expected to forego $3 million to $4 million in potential marijuana tax collections on Wednesday.

A measure on this November’s ballot asks voters to allow the state to hold onto marijuana tax revenues that otherwise will have to be refunded under TABOR.