Colorado asks voters to reshuffle spending of new pot taxes

DENVER (AP) — The only statewide ballot question in Colorado next week seems like a no-brainer: Should the state keep $66 million in marijuana taxes it has already collected to spend on schools and drug-abuse prevention?

The measure arose from an accounting error two years ago, when the taxes were first approved. And it has broad support from politicians, the marijuana industry and nearly every newspaper in the state.

But the fine print of Proposition BB also gives marijuana tax money to some new recipients, including the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America — youth groups that never sought the handout and aren’t keen on being associated with pot.

A few activists also worry that lawmakers are setting up pot-funded programs now that could require more taxes in the future.