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Pot activists give away free marijuana joints to protest taxes

Marijuana activists are giving out free joints Monday in Denver to protest plans to tax pot sales.

Organizers said they are upset about proposed taxes on recreational marijuana and will protest by passing out as many as 4,000 marijuana cigarettes during Monday’s anti-Proposition AA rally in Denver, Fox affiliate KDVR reported.

The protesters said Amendment 64 legalized the use of recreational marijuana in private for those 21 and over and it should be taxed the same rate as alcohol, not tobacco.

"The marijuana industry wants to pay taxes and supports these issues very well, but these measures would simply be too far and out of reach for people who consume marijuana," protester Miguel Lopez told the station.

Lopez, who believes the industry is already overtaxed and over-regulated, supervised a joint-rolling session at a Denver park on Sunday afternoon. He said Monday’s marijuana distribution would help demonstrate that an untaxed black market in pot could flourish if Proposition AA is passed in November.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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