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Lawmakers talk about idea that could repeal Amendment 64

Lawmakers consider plan that could repeal Amendment 64

DENVER - Lawmakers at the Colorado capitol are talking about a plan that could end the legalization of marijuana.

It was no secret that legislators are working to put a measure on the November ballot asking voters to approve a more than 30 percent tax on recreational marijuana, but on Friday, it was revealed that they are considering a second ballot question. It would ask voters: 'If the tax is not approved, should Amendment 64 be repealed?'

Senate President John Morse said when voters approved Amendment 64, they intended for recreational marijuana to be taxed. But because the ballot measure wasn't worded correctly, voters again have to approve a measure to instate a tax for recreational pot.

Morse said the idea to ask voters about repealing Amendment 64 will help insure the tax measure is passed.

"It makes my blood almost boil it's so un-American," said KC Stark, co-owner of recreational marijuana club Studio A64. "There is an effort, a blatant effort, to undermine the will of the people. And it's obnoxious and it should offend every American that votes."

UCCS Political Science Professor Josh Dunn said he thinks lawmakers are capitalizing on the recent shootings at the 4/20 rally in Denver.

"I think its unlikely that this measure or proposal is going to go anywhere, but the more people that get shot at pot rallies, the chances go up," said Dunn.

He said he doesn't expect Amendment 64 to be repealed, even if lawmakers can get the question on the ballot.

"if with (marijuana) legalization you see all sorts of societal decay and crime and those kind of things, then maybe something like this will happen. But I think right now, it's just too early," Dunn said. "I  think most Colorado voters really want to see what happens."

There are only 13 days left in this legislative session, so lawmakers will have to act quickly if they want their idea to become a reality.

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