Recreational marijuana sales started in Colorado at the beginning of the year on January 1st. Sales numbers climbed every month through April. There was a dip in May compared to April, which shouldn't surprise anyone considering that April 20th is the biggest marijuana day of the year. People from miles around flooded into Colorado during April to celebrate the holiday.
Statistics are out for June, which saw Colorado sell more recreational marijuana than any other month. Per the Denver Post:
June was the best-selling month yet for recreational pot in Colorado, with $24.7 million in total sales, according to state tax collections reported Friday.
Recreational pot sales were up more than 19 percent from May sales, an increase likely attributable to more stores opening.
Since January, Colorado has brought in more than $29.8 million in taxes from marijuana. Is there any state in America that couldn't use an extra $29.8 million dollars for schools and other things? I know I ask this a lot, but why is every state not doing this? It's time that every state considered taking a new approach to marijuana laws, with the exception of Colorado and Washington. I'm very hopeful that my home state of Oregon will join Washington and Colorado this November.