A political organization in Colorado responsible for distributing free marijuana in their campaign against a state taxation racket, known as Proposition AA, has decided to open their books to the public, after reports from a Colorado watchdog group surfaced earlier this week claiming the complimentary pot should be considered a campaign contribution.
In a disclosure form that was filed in September, the No Over Taxation group reported that the courtesy weed distributed to the public was tied to a cash contribution from attorney Rob Corry and was valued at one cent. However, in recent interest of full disclosure, due mostly in part to a finance complaint filed by Colorado Ethics Watch, the organization has filed a new campaign finance report, which states the joints handed out at rallies in Denver and Boulder to protest a proposed 25% tax on retail marijuana are actually valued at $1,250.
In addition, the organization also reported that Corry was responsible for contributing $500 in a series of separate campaign contributions that went towards paying for office space, as well as several extra $100 donations for various expenses.
In a recent interview, Corry said that since marijuana could not be sold for “remuneration” until January 1, 2014 under Amendment 64, the fair market value of cannabis is zero.
However, that statement did not settle well with Luis Toro, director of Colorado Ethics Watch, who argued that the organization’s penny claims were obvious red flags, and that voters should be entitled to know who is contributing to their cause and for how much.
Corry said No Over Taxation was more than willing to make changes to the report and disclose a more accurate representation of campaign contributions as long as Colorado Ethics Watch agreed to withdraw their complaint -- which has since been done.
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