Oregon Made Over $8 Million in Taxes From Legal Marijuana Sales in September

In September those in Oregon purchased enough marijuana legally for the state to earn over $8 million in tax revenue.

More precisely, Oregon made $8,054,422 in marijuana taxes in September, according to new data released by the Oregon Department of Revenue. Although this is lower than the record setting $10.1 million made in August, it represents a an 8% increase from the $7.4 million garnered in September, 2017.

Of the $8 million in marijuana taxes made in September, roughly $6.9 million came from the statewide marijuana tax (17%), with the remaining $1.1 million coming from local taxes (up to 3% per locality).

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Oregon Garnered Over $10 Million in Marijuana Taxes in August, Setting New Monthly Record

According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state made over $10 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in August.

In total, Oregon garnered $10,114,594 million in marijuana taxes in August, narrowly beating  out the previous monthly record set in July (the record before that was the $9.2 million made in January). August’s taxes were made from the sale of around $50 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products.

Of the $10.1 million in marijuana taxes made in August, $8,791,774 came from the state’s tax on marijuana; the remaining $1,322,820 came from local taxes.

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Oregon Garners $9 Million in Marijuana Taxes in May

Oregon garnered $9 million in marijuana taxes in May.

According to the state’s Department of Revenue, Oregon garnered $9 million in marijuana sales taxes in May.  Only one time in the state’s history has more marijuana tax revenue been garnered in a single month (January of this year with $9.3 million).

Of the $9 million in taxes garnered in May, $7.8 million came from a 17% statewide sales tax, with the remaining $1.2 million coming from citywide taxes (which under law can be as high as 3%).

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Oregon Brings in Nearly $9 Million in Taxes from Legal Marijuana in April

Oregon made nearly $9 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in April.

According to Oregon’s Department of Revenue, the state garnered $8,868,932 in marijuana sales taxes in April of this year. This marks an over 70% increase from April, 2017, when the state brought in a little over $5 million in marijuana taxes.

Of the $8.8 million in taxes garnered in April, the vast majority – $7.6 million – came from Oregon’s 17% state tax on marijuana. The remaining $1.2 million came from local taxes, which can be up to 3%.

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Oregon: Nearly $8 Million in Marijuana Taxes Garnered in March

Oregon made nearly $8 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in March, a slight increase from the month prior.

According to Oregon’s Department of Revenue, the state garnered $7,839,406 in marijuana sales taxes in March of this year. $6,768,304 of this came from state sales taxes, with the remainder coming from local marijuana taxes. This is a slight increase from the $6,700,855 in marijuana sales taxes garnered in February ($7,708,791 when counting local taxes).

With the newest data the state is on tract to garner nearly $90 million in marijuana taxes for 2018. This would well surpass the $68,646,246 the state made in 2017, and the approximately $60 million made in 2016.

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Oregon Garners $14.7 Million in Taxes from Marijuana Sales in First Two Months of 2018

In the first two months of the year Oregon made over $14 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales.

According to Oregon’s Department of Revenue, the state garnered $8,001,999 in marijuana sales taxes in January of this year. This marks the largest amount of marijuana taxes the state has received in a given month since the start of legal sales a little over two years ago (beating out the previous high of $7.8 million in October, 2016). In February of this year there was a slight dip from January, but the state still brought in a considerable amount of taxes at $6,700,855.

The average of this two months puts the state on track to earn roughly $88 million in marijuana taxes for the year. This would surpass the $68,646,246 the state made in 2017, and the approximately $60 million made  in 2016.

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Oregon Garnered Over $68 Million in Marijuana Taxes in 2017

Oregon brought in over $68 million in taxes from the legal sale of marijuana and marijuana products in 2017.

According to data released by the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state made exactly $68,646,246 from marijuana taxes in 2017. This tops the roughly $60 million in marijuana taxes the state made in 2016.

Oregon’s biggest single-month marijuana tax gain in 2017 came in November, with slightly over $7 million garnered (in 2016 the most taxes made in a single-month came in October, with $7,8 million earned). The slowest month came in March, when the state made $4.4 million in cannabis taxes.

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Oregon Officials Triple Penalty for Marijuana Stores Selling to Minors

Oregon officials have announced that, at least temporarily, they’re tripling the penalty associated with businesses unintentionally selling marijuana or marijuana products to minors. 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state’s legal marijuana industry, made the announcement yesterday. The change follows a statewide sting operation which found that almost 20% (1 in 5) of state-licensed marijuana outlets sold cannabis to a customer under the legal age of 21.

“There’s no margin for error on making sure that marijuana doesn’t get in the hands of minors – period,” said commission Chair Paul Rosenbaum in a statement. “The integrity of Oregon’s regulated system depends on industry compliance across the board.”

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Oregon Raises Age for Tobacco Products and “Inhalant Delivery Systems” to 21

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed into law a measure that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and “inhalant delivery systems” to 21.

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 754 into law yesterday, roughly a month after it was approved by the Hour of Representatives with a 39 to 20 vote, and the Senate with a 19 to 11 vote. The bill was introduced by Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward along with 15 bipartisan cosponsors.

The new law “Increases from 18 to 21 years old the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products”, as well as “inhalant delivery systems” (such as e-cigarettes) and establishes “a set of fines ranging from $250-$1,000 for individuals or businesses that distribute or sell” these products to “persons under 21 years of age.”

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Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Defelonize Possession of Ecstasy, Heroin, Cocaine and Other Drugs

Legislation to defelonize the personal possession of several drugs has been passed through Oregon’s full legislature and sent to Governor Kate Brown for consideration.

The proposed law, House Bill 2355, “Reduces punishment for possession of certain controlled substances [including ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine] from felony to misdemeanor”. Possession would remain a felony if the defendant possesses a useable quantity of a controlled substance and one of four factors are in play: “1) The defendant has a prior felony conviction of any kind; 2) The defendant has two or more prior convictions for possessing a useable quantity of a controlled substance; 3) The offense is a commercial drug offense; or 4) The defendant possess more than specificed amount”.

The legislation also directs the Criminal Justice Commission to “study effect of reduction in possession penalties on criminal justice system, rates of recidivism and composition of convicted offenders”, and “Reduces maximum length of Class A misdemeanor offense to 364 days”, Under current law, possessing certain drugs can result in imprisonment of up to 10 years.

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