WESTERN SAN JUANS – Voters across Colorado said ‘yes’ to taxing recreational marijuana in Tuesday’s election, while saying ‘no’ to tax increases for education.
Proposition AA, the sales and excise tax on recreational marijuana sales intended to help fund school construction, passed with nearly 65 percent of voter approval statewide. The measure passed by 59 percent of voters in Montrose County, 64 percent in Ouray County and 60 percent in San Miguel County.
Amendment 66, the tax increase attached to school finance reform, received a resounding defeat, as 66 percent of voters across the state voted against it. Voter dislike of the measure was no different in the Western San Juans: close to 80 percent of voters in Montrose County gave it a thumbs-down, while 68 percent of Ouray County voters and 59 percent of San Miguel County residents did the same.