Legalized Weed is Helping Colorado Schools and Rehab Programs

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Jul 20 2017, 2:30pm

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High revenues: The weed industry in Colorado has brought in more than half a billion dollars to the state on tax revenues alone in just three years of legalized recreational use. A big portion of the money is going to help fund Colorado schools and drug treatment programs. There's been a steady rise in income, beginning with $76 million in 2014, $135 million in 2015 and $198 million in 2016.

Sales from 2017 are nearly 100 million and show no signs of peaking. Some critics say that money influx is great but it doesn't help the communities that negatively affected by the commercial pot industry. Marijuana related legislation is currently on the table in a number of states and is becoming more of a hot issue in local and federal elections.

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Gobbled up: Turkey is drawing the ire of the international community, particularly in the US and EU after detaining human rights activists. The Turkish police took 10 people into custody while they were assembled peacefully at a human rights meeting. The local director Amnesty International was one of the people detained. His organization is calling the act a "grotesque abuse of power. An organizer from international activist group Avaaz has also been detained and here's one way you can help.

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