Freedom In The 50 States 2013 | Colorado Overall Freedom | Mercatus Center

Colorado is the top state in the nation for occupational freedomit especially stands out on health professionals scope of practice. The court system is better than average, and there is no certificate-of-need (CON) law. The state has resisted somewhat the temptation of sin taxes, with moderate levies on beer, wine, spirits, and cigarettes. Colorado has decriminalized low-level marijuana possession (after the closing date of this study, a ballot initiative went further and legalized recreational marijuana cultivation, possession, and sale, within regulatory limits). Arrests for drug offenses, relative to state usage, are a standard deviation better (lower) than the national average, but the crime rateadjusted incarceration rate is nearly three-quarters of a standard deviation worse (higher) than the national average.
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