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Colorado voters will decide Tuesday on a tax for marijuana, after becoming one of the first states to legalize recreational pot last year.

Washington, the only other state in the U.S. that legalized recreational marijuana, passed a tax on consumers as part of its law. Like Colorado, Washington will allow people age 21 or older to possess up to 1 ounce of the drug.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Here is a breakdown of how the pot tax compares with other 'sin' taxes in the two states:

Marijuana

Colorado: If the ballot measure passes Nov. 5, marijuana buyers in Colorado will pay at least 10% in taxes — a 10% special sales tax that will also help fund marijuana enforcement plus the 2.9% sales tax (the same tax added to retail sales). Included in the ballot measure is a 15% excise tax on marijuana producers to raise revenue for school construction.

The Colorado Legislative Council estimates the tax on buyers and producers could bring in $33.5 million in its first year and as much as $67 million in the following year. Colorado started accepting permit applications for marijuana retail locations on Oct. 1.

Washington: For consumers, the effective tax rate is 44%, according to the Washington Liquor Control Board. The sticker price includes a 25% tax on producers and a 25% tax on processors plus 25% added to the price of the product. Buyers also pay an additional 6.5% state sales tax.

The revenue could bring in as much as $1.9 billion in the first five years to go toward a variety of services, including social and health programs, a marijuana use hotline and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. The state's Liquor Control Board will begin issuing permits for marijuana retail locations starting Nov. 18. Under the law, the state can have a maximum of 334 retail locations.

Alcohol

Colorado: Taxes on alcohol are by volume, not by price. The beer tax is 8 cents per gallon, the wine is 28 cents per gallon and the liquor tax is $2.28 per gallon.

Washington: Beer and wine do not have a tax on top of the 6.5% state sales tax. However, liquor has a 20.5% sales tax rate, plus a tax of $3.77 per liter. That means a $20 1-liter bottle of liquor is actually going to cost $27.87.

Tobacco

Colorado: 84 cents state tax per pack of cigarettes. For other tobacco products, the tax is 40%. A pack of cigarettes costing $5 will actually cost $7.00, including 2.9% sales tax plus the state cigarette tax and a $1.01 per pack federal tax.

Washington: $3.02 state tax per pack of cigarettes. A $5 pack of cigarettes will actually cost $9.35, including the 6.5% sales tax, plus the state and federal cigarette tax.

Gambling

Colorado: Although the state constitution authorizes collection of up to 40% of profits on gambling, the highest rate to date on casinos has been 20%, and varies casino to casino depending on the amount of profits. Colorado has about 40 casinos and last year collected more than $100 million in gaming taxes.

Washington: There is no state tax on casinos, but cities and counties can collect as much as 20% on casino profits, depending on the activity. All profits from card room games are taxed at 20%, punch board and pull-tabs at 10% and bingo at 5%. Cities and countries generated more than $30 million from gambling last year, according to the Washington State Gambling Commission.

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