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Roughly $1 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sold in Colorado in 2015, Over $135 Million in Taxes and Fees Garnered

state-flag-coloradoThere was roughly $1 billion in legal cannabis sold in Colorado in 2015, by far breaking the record set in the previous year (which was $894 million). This is according to new data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

According to the data, there was exactly $996,184.788 in legal cannabis sold in 2015, which includes both medical and recreational sales. These brought in over $135 million in new taxes and fees for the state, with $35 million of that money going directly into school construction projects.

In Colorado, due to the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, it’s legal for those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis, with cannabis retail outlets authorized to sell the plant. The state has three types of taxes on recreational cannabis; a standard 2.9% sales tax, a 10% special cannabis sales tax, and a 15% excise tax on wholesale cannabis transfers.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by numerous media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

1 comment

  1. Anonymous

    Do you know how much alcohol sales were in Colorado for 2015. I’d like to see the comparison.

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