Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries won big in July — the first month of permissible recreational marijuana sales in Nevada — selling more than $27 million of legal cannabis.
And with nearly 43 million visitors headed to the Las Vegas Strip annually, it would appear the state has hit the tax revenue jackpot!
Nearly exceeding the combined total of Colorado and Oregon’s first month of recreational marijuana sales (approximately $14 million each), Nevada’s total sales of all things marijuana in July added just over $3.6 million to the state’s tax coffers.
Anticipated to generate approximately $56.2 million in new tax revenue by 2019, the 15 percent wholesale tax, which is paid by both recreational and medicinal cultivators, pulled down $974,060 during the first month of operations. Originally intended to help fund Nevada’s cash-strapped schools, the marijuana wholesale tax must first offset any administrative costs for the program, according to the state’s press release.
“The revenue goes to Nevada schools, via the distributive school account, after administrative costs for the…