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Medical-marijuana sales tax nets $2.2 million for Colorado this year

John Ingold
The Denver Post

Medical-marijuana dispensaries are now putting hundreds of thousands of dollars a month into state and city treasuries in Colorado.

So far this year, the state has collected more than $2.2 million in sales tax from dispensaries. In Denver, which has more dispensaries than any other city in Colorado, the businesses have also paid more than $2.2 million this year in local sales tax. Colorado Springs has collected about $380,000 in local sales tax.

“It’s just another excellent example that shows that medical marijuana isn’t just amazing for patients but it’s also productive for non-patients – for neighborhoods and cities,” said Betty Aldworth, the executive director of the pro-dispensary industry group Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation.

The money is certainly welcomed in government budget offices across Colorado, which have struggled to keep the books balanced during the recession. But, in the overall budget picture, the infusion is little more than a speck. Colorado, for instance, took in more than $1.8 billion in sales-tax money during the fiscal year that closed at the end of June, according to the governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.

Read more: Medical-marijuana sales tax nets $2.2 million for Colorado this year – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_16688199#ixzz167UhWXvy

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