The people and the elevation aren't the only things that are high in Colorado. Marijuana sales have steadily increased again for 2021 with another record-setting year.

Photo by CRYSTALWEED cannabis on Unsplash
Photo by CRYSTALWEED cannabis on Unsplash

According to The Denver Channel, a total of $2.22 billion worth of cannabis products were sold in the state last year. This trumps the previous record high sales in 2020 of $2.19 billion amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How Much Has Been Made Since 2014 in Colorado?

Since 2014, the state of Colorado has seen a total amount of $12.2 billion in cannabis products sold in eight years. When it comes to sales, Denver County leads the pack out of the 64 Colorado counties.

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The First Billion Dollars Made from Marijuana in Colorado

Hitting the first billion-dollar sales mark didn't happen until 2016, two years after recreational dispensaries opened up shop in the state of Colorado. Four years later, the first year of $2 billion in sales came in 2020.

The state of Colorado collected a total of $423 million in taxes from the sale of cannabis in 2021. Overall, the state of Colorado has collected more than $2 billion in taxes since February 2014.

Overall, medical marijuana sales have hovered around the same sales rate since 2014 with an occasional increase. Medical sales appear to be under $50 million per year in the past eight years.

How is Colorado's Marijuana Taxed?

Recreational marijuana is taxed with a 2.9 percent state sales tax, 15 percent retail tax, a 15 percent retail excise tax on wholesale sales and transfers. Depending on the location, additional taxes can be tacked on at a local level.

Source: Denver Channel

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