"The cruel irony behind this is that illegal drug dealers almost never even file income taxes," says Aaron Smith with the National Cannabis Industry Association. "So this provision really only affects the legitimate state-licensed marijuana providers."
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Colorado could add an estimated $50 million in spending to the state and local economy and $3.7 million in tax revenue according to a study. Currently, Colorado bans same-sex marriage, offering civil unions in their stead.
Like other states that opted to run their own exchange, Colorado spent several years and hundreds of millions in federal dollars to create an insurance marketplace specifically tailored for Coloradans.