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Colorado lawmakers: Arizona anti-pot ads are inaccurate

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 19:17:29-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Three Colorado state legislators are calling on opponents of the Arizona measure to legalize recreational pot to stop airing what they say are misleading and inaccurate ads.

Colorado State Sen. Pat Steadman and Reps. Jonathan Singer and Millie Hamner, all Democrats, sent a letter to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which opposes Proposition 205 in Arizona.

At least five ads claim Colorado schools have not seen money. The state began collecting taxes on recreational pot in 2014.

Steadman, who is one of six Colorado legislators who write the state's budget, says $138.3 million in tax revenue from fiscal years 2015 through 2017 went to the Colorado Department of Education to benefit schools.

Campaign manager Adam Deguire said the legislators have "been bought and paid for" by the marijuana industry and that they are pushing misleading information.

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This post has been corrected to show that three, not two, Colorado legislators have asked the Arizona group to stop airing ads against recreational marijuana legalization in Arizona.

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