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Higher and Higher Ed in Colorado

This is how you make sure that your county can keep producing marijuana: you tax marijuana production for local scholarships to local colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Pueblo County voters have just approved a 5 per cent tax on marijuana production :

The proceeds would allow any high-school senior in the county to attend one of its two public colleges. About 400 students a year are each projected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the fund.

The policy is based on the same theory as many state lotteries, which tout their support of education and thus become immune from elimination. 

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...


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