Colorado Gets $2 Million in Taxes in 1 Month of Legal Pot Sales

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Colorado raked in about $2 million from taxes on recreational marijuana in January, the first month it was legal to sell non-medicinal pot in the state.


Tyler Williams of Blanchester, Ohio, selects marijuana strains to purchase at the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 1, 2014, when legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the state went into effect. (Credit: Getty Images)

State officials say the numbers came in as expected.

On Jan. 1, Colorado became the first state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone age 21 or older. Cannabis purchases are limited to one ounce. It’s the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale.

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Colorado places a 15% excise tax, a 10% special sales tax and a 2.9% sales tax on recreational marijuana, in addition to application and license fees. It imposes just a 2.9% sales tax, as well as application on license fees, on medical marijuana, which was legalized by voters in Colorado in 2000.

State officials expect to take in about $184 million in tax revenue from marijuana in the first 18 months, according to a report released in February.

“We expect clear revenue patterns will emerge by April and plan to incorporate this data into future forecasts,” said Barbara Brohl, the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue, in a release.