Of that, roughly $588 million were social use sales, and $408 million were medical use sales. (Washington state’s total social use sales are on track to exceed Colorado’s when their fiscal year ends this summer.)
Combined, Colorado received more than $135 million in tax and fee revenue from both programs. In 2014, the tax and fee revenue from both programs was about half of that figure, at $76.1 million.
“It’s crazy to think that just six years ago that all of these marijuana-related transactions were taking place illegally in the underground market,” said Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the leaders of the 2012 campaign to legalize cannabis in the state. “It wasn’t long ago that Colorado received zero dollars in tax revenue from the sale of marijuana in the state.”