"If there is additional revenue, it has to be appropriated by the General Assembly, which can be for the regulatory structure, as well as related costs for health, education and public safety," Daria Serna, communications director at the Department of Revenue, told the Independent in an email.
According to Serna
, the legislature appropriated $5.7 million for 55 employees at the pot division for the current fiscal year.
The division was guaranteed 2.9 percent sales tax revenue from medical marijuana, but that mechanism never even delivered the promised $5.7 million.
The Blue Book, Colorado's guide to elections, anticipated that with the money brought in from Prop AA the division would hire 22 staffers and establish an information infrastructure to enforce the new sales taxes.
Enforcement would cost $4.2 million the first year and $1.3 million each year after that.
The division also plans to open offices in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and "somewhere north of the Metro area," Serna
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