State marijuana sales pass $1 billion, how about Denver’s sales?

Simply Pure dispensary with Maat Khan, budologist and executive assistant, behind the counter. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Maat Kahn behind the counter at Simply Pure. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Maat Kahn behind the counter at Simply Pure. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Marijuana advocates and industry leaders are celebrating this week, as combined revenue from recreational and medical marijuana passed $1 billion and brought a record $151.4 million in taxes to the state.

As for Denver, it’s keeping on track for a record-setting year in its own right, according to data provided by the city.

Through October, the city has sold about 20 percent more marijuana than during all of 2015 — about $417 million worth.

Recreational marijuana totaled $235 million in sales, or roughly 57 percent. Medical sales totaled $180.4 million or about 43 percent. And the city has brought in a total of $23.4 million in combined medical and recreational taxes, or about $2 million per month.

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Despite sales across the state reaching an all-time high in September, Denver’s sales dipped slightly after August and have continued sliding into October.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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