$40.2 Million in Oregon Marijuana Taxes

Marijuana dispensaries around Oregon sold more than $160 million worth of recreational marijuana and pot-laced products in the first nine months of the year, as indicated by sales tax figures released Monday by the state Department of Revenue. The agency received $40.2 million in recreational marijuana sales tax payments from dispensaries between the start of January and the end of September, showing that about $160.8 million worth of recreational pot sold in Oregon. State-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational marijuana charge a 25 percent sales tax to customers for all flower, edibles and other marijuana products. This month the Oregon Liquor Control Commission licensed the first retailers in its recreational marijuana program. The retailers charge a 17 percent state sales tax for all recreational marijuana products. Dispensaries, which the Oregon Health Authority oversees, must become licensed retailers with the OLCC to continue to sell recreational pot after the start of 2017. Until the end of the year any dispensaries that have not become retailers will continue to collect a 25 percent sales tax.

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