By Matt Connolly January 03, 2015 SHARETWEET
One year ago, Colorado made U.S. history by becoming the first state to legalize marijuana. Despite predictions that Colorado would become the haven of bleary-eyed layabouts and toke-crazy criminals, the state has shown that legal weed benefits smokers and squares alike:
It’s making money: The state brought in $36.5 million in tax revenue through the first 11 months of 2014, all thanks to medical and recreational marijuana. That’s enough to send nearly 3,400 Colorado students to the University of Colorado, Boulder, for free. About $2 million of that tax revenue went to local governments, while $7 million went toward the construction of public schools.