First Days of Recreational Pot Sales Generate $1 Million in Taxes
The first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales generated $3 million in sales revenue and just under $1 million in tax revenue, putting Nevada on pace to achieve an estimated $30 million in sales revenue over the next six months of recreational sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association.
“We had a higher demand than everybody initially thought,” dispensary association director Riana Durrett said. “It shows this market really exists.”
Thousands of marijuana shoppers took to dispensaries over the weekend, forming lines as long as three hours for their chance to legally purchase the plant. Nevadans passed Ballot Question 2 in November, legalizing the use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana flower or up to one-eighth ounce of concentrates. Legislation allowing sales of the plant at medically licensed dispensaries was finalized in late May.
Nevada was one of four states to legalize recreational use of the plant in November’s election. In addition, four other states allow recreational pot sales.
Editor’s note: This story has been revised. An earlier version contained an incorrect figure on the amount of tax revenue that has been generated.
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