A Decade After Legalizing Marijuana, WA and CO Have Garnered Almost $5 Billion in New Tax Revenue

10 years ago Washington State and Colorado, on the same night, became the first states to legalizing marijuana. According to new data, this has resulted in considerable tax revenue for both states.

According to data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board, the combined total tax revenue garnered from legal marijuana sales between the two states is $4.9 billion. Keep in mind that although voters legalized marijuana in November, 2012, legalizing marijuana stores weren’t operating until some months later.

As of the end of October, Colorado has made $2,296,609,287 in tax revenue from $13,565,124,088 in marijuana sales. This includes the sale of dried marijuana flower, prerolls, edibles, concentrates, topicals and other marijuana products.

In Washington State, although total marijuana sales are lower than Colorado at $9,583,647,462, their revenue garnered from taxes is higher at $2,600,919,507. This is due to Washington having a higher marijuana tax rate.

Although Washington and Colorado’s marijuana laws share some similarities, they do differ in the fact that Washington is one of the only legal marijuana states to not allow adults to cultivate marijuana for personal use.