Nevada’s First Month of Marijuana Sales Tops $27M
By Bob Garcia
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The figures are in and Nevada’s first month of recreational marijuana sales was even more successful than expected. State dispensaries sold $27 million in July, $3.68 million of which went to the state. These figures put the industry on course to beats its original two-year projection by as much as $20 million.
For comparison, Nevada had a better first month of adult marijuana sales than the launch months in both Colorado and Oregon and made nearly seven-times Washington’s first month of revenue.
In addition to $3.68 million in tax revenue, the state banked those initial industry fees in July which amounted to $6.5 million. The taxes and fees are expected to keep rolling in over the next two years, and if the first month is anything to go on the state can raise their expectations.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval initially projected the industry would bring the state around $100 million in its first two fiscal years. After July revenues had been counted, Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapsten released a revised projection.
Klapsten says the state can now expect to bring in around $120 million, all taxes and fees considered. This is good news for the state, especially considering the industry was operating without enough product to supply demand or enough licensed distributors to efficiently deliver product in July.
The state is still sorting out those issues, between a continuing court battle with alcohol distributors and too few qualified distributors among the applicants. Once these kinks are worked out, the tax department may need to update those projections a second time.