DABBING, BLUNT, BONGWTR, MRY JANE – These are just some of the new license plates auctioned by the State of Colorado as part of a benefit for a state-run program designed to assist the disability community.
The auction, which launched on Friday, will offer the rights to “22 different official license plate layouts with cannabis-themed phrases, including 420, HASH, EDIBLE, THC and CBD,” the agency said. State. noted in a press release.
Proceeds from the auction “will benefit the Colorado Disability Funding Committee and will be used to fund grants for disability claim assistance as well as innovative new programs that improve the quality of life and independence of Coloradans with disabilities,” said the state.
“For more than a decade, Colorado has been a leader in cannabis, bringing bold, innovative, and creative businesses to the state. This effort allows us to celebrate Colorado’s reputation and fund vital projects and programs in our disability community,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, said in the press release.
The Colorado Disability Funding Committee seeks to “maximize support for new and innovative programs benefiting Colorado’s disability community by raising and distributing funds as permitted” under state law.
The state offered an overview on how interested Coloradans could procure a plate that read DABBING, TOKER, or GOTHEMP: “Individuals are bidding for the right to own the use of the configuration of letters and numbers on their Colorado license plate or have the opportunity to purchase a novelty plate and retain exclusive rights to use the configuration on their Colorado license plate at a later date.
“Purchaser also has the right to resell the configuration through the Colorado Disability Funding Committee in the future. Individuals are responsible for payment of all standard registration fees, custom plate production fees, and all extra for a designer background if they don’t want the standard white and green license plate.
The state ran a similar promotion last year, when it auctioned off a slew of cannabis-themed plates, including one – TEGRIDY – that referenced a storyline from the popular animated comedy. South Park.
Polis even gave the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, their own TEGRIDY license plate to celebrate South Park’s 24th anniversary last year.
According to last week’s press release, this auction raised over $45,000 which went to the state’s disabled community. State Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera called it a “fantastic opportunity to provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities.”
Bidding for this year’s auction will be open until April 20 (4:20 p.m. MT).
As Polis said in his statement on the auction, Colorado is a pioneer in cannabis reform in the United States, becoming the first state in the country to legalize recreational cannabis use in 2012.
The adult-use cannabis program has been widely considered an economic success in the state, generating crucial new revenue and bolstering its already strong tourism industry.
But the state’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs, pulled out of the program, blocking recreational pot sales in its jurisdiction.
A group of defenders is currently trying to change that placing a proposal on the city ballot in November. If the group, known as Your Choice Colorado Springs, gathers enough valid signatures, Colorado Springs voters could have the chance to finally end the city’s sales ban.
“Citizens of Colorado’s second-largest city finally have the power to redirect taxes on recreational cannabis sales back to their hometown, rather than cities like Denver and Manitou Springs,” said campaign manager Anthony Carlson. of Your Choice Colorado Springs. “In the weeks and months ahead, the Your Choice campaign team and volunteers will be fanning out across the city, seeking signatures from Colorado Springs voters who would like to make sure our hard-earned tax dollars stay at home. house at the service of our community.”
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