$70 million. That's how much tax revenue Colorado took in last year from recreational marijuana. Based on Kentucky's population, we would take in about $50 million a year in tax revenues simply by legalizing a substance that is far less dangerous than alcohol. With the extra revenue, we could easily pay the community college tuition for every student that gets good grades in high school.
The program - which was passed by the Kentucky House 86-11 earlier this year but then delayed by our Republican governor - would cost $20 million if all high school graduates were included. (My opponent, Lynn Bechler, was one of the 11 who voted against this plan.)
The cost would be less under my plan, which requires students to have a 3.0 GPA in high school. I would use the rest of the money to pay tuition at a state university for student who maintain a 3.5 GPA in community college. Any money left over would be used for tax breaks for small businesses as they adjust to the increased minimum wage I would propose.
If you think that recreational marijuana should be legal in Kentucky, I ask that you please write in "Don Ellis" for 4th District State Representative. By legalizing a harmless plant, we can do so much for the future of our children - and isn't that what really matters?