In Washington, the numbers indicate that monthly recreational marijuana sales more than doubled to hit nearly $7 million in August vs. $3.2 million in July. (Note: The July number is lower than a previously reported figure of $3.8 million. It also only includes data for part of the month, as sales began July 8).
The state collected $2.5 million in cannabis-related excise taxes during the first two months of sales, according to the latest data.
That number is poised to grow significantly as the supply chain stabilizes to match demand and more retail establishments open.
In Colorado, the tax numbers reveal that the recreational side of the industry has managed to overtake the medical side in terms of sales. In July, the latest month for which figures are available, recreational cannabis revenues in the state totaled $29.7 million, compared with medical marijuana sales of $28.9 million.
Recreational sales have risen steadily since the Jan. 1 launch of the state’s legalized cannabis industry, while medical cannabis revenues have dipped slightly.