The marijuana tax revenue cup runneth over, and it's literally spilling into your wallet. Let's! Go! Shopping!

Colorado legalized weed on the condition that the tax revenue generate money for the state and its schools, but a Colorado tax law is forcing the government to return the excess profit to resident's wallets. That means you, and Peyton Manning, are getting a fat check.

That law, which is part of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to return some to the people. That means Coloradans are legally required to get some of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in 2014 back.

Word's still out about how much of the weed money pile Coloradans will each reap, but the governor's budget writers predict the pot refunds could amount to $30.5 million, or about $7.63 per adult in Colorado. Suffice it to say it'll probably be enough to take your two year old to Benihana for a kid's meal, because they're tiny and only eat three noodles. You of course, don't get to eat, but like they said, this money is supposed to go to the children.

However, some Colorado stoners are mystified by this, surprised Colorado may not keep the taxes that were promised to go toward school construction when voters legalized marijuana in 2012.

"I have no problem paying taxes if they're going to schools," said Maddy Beaumier, 25, to High Times. Maddy. Did you hear what we just said? It's going to you. You can give it back to your local middle school if you want, or you can spend it on deep web dildos; whatever. It's yours. Colorado is literally paying you because everyone here gets high all the time.

Other people lamented the high tax prices of recreational weed, allowing the marijuana haze of their hot-boxed cars to distract them from the fact that if taxes weren't high, no one would be getting paid back. 

"I don't care if they write me a check, or refund it in my taxes, or just give me a free joint next time I come in. The taxes are too high, and they should give it back," said David Huff, a 50-year-old carpenter from Aurora.


Well, maybe …

There might be a slight road block standing in the way of you and your check. Both Republicans and Democrats in Colorado's government say there's no good reason to put pot taxes back into people's pockets, and state officials are scrambling to figure out how to avoid doling out the money. It may have to be settled by asking Colorado voters, for a third time, to cast a ballot on the issue and exempt pot taxes from the refund requirement.

"I think it's appropriate that we keep the money for marijuana that the voters said that we should," said Republican Senate President Bill Cadman, referring to schools and the state. That's fair we guess; after legalizing marijuana in 2012, Colorado voters returned to the polls the following year and approved a 15 percent excise tax on pot for the schools and an additional 10 percent sales tax for lawmakers to spend.

Too bad lawmakers have a little time to figure out how to proceed. They'll consider pot refunds and a separate refund to taxpayers of about $137 million after receiving final tax estimates that are due in March. When they talk about pot refunds, they'll have to figure out if the money would go to all taxpayers, or just those who bought pot.

Ha ha, is all we have to say about that. That's what you get for making weed taxes so high, pun decidedly intended.