Marijuana Legalization in Colorado -- Lessons for Colombia

Journal Colombian Institute of Tax Law No. 75 (2016)

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-47

18 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015 Last revised: 14 Mar 2017

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Sam Kamin

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

In 2012 Colorado became the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to legalize marijuana possession and use for all adults. The regulated and taxed marijuana industry that arose in Colorado following legalization was also the first of its kind and stands a model for other states considering marijuana law reform. In this brief article I discuss the results of the Colorado experiment; I demonstrate that while Colorado’s regulatory model was largely successful, it also demonstrates the limits of generating revenue through taxing and regulating marijuana. I then discuss the implications of this conclusion for post-conflict Colombia, drawing a comparison to the situation California confronts as it considers legalizing marijuana for adult use.

Keywords: Marijuana Regulation, Drug Policy, Law Reform, Federalism, Post-Conflict, Colombia, Colorado, California

Suggested Citation

Kamin, Sam, Marijuana Legalization in Colorado -- Lessons for Colombia (September 1, 2015). Journal Colombian Institute of Tax Law No. 75 (2016); U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2654305

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