State releases marijuana sales report

VALLEY — This month the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) began releasing statewide historical marijuana sales data from January 2014 to the present and will release monthly reports going forward on the seventh business day of every month.

“We know this information is highly desired by the general public, media and researchers,” said Mike Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. “To that end, in our efforts to be as transparent as possible, we will now provide aggregate sales data. That, coupled with state tax revenue data already provided, will give an accurate picture of the financial footprint of this burgeoning industry.”

CDOR’s Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) will produce monthly marijuana sales reports showing the total sales (gross sales minus wholesale sales) for retail marijuana stores and medical marijuana stores by county. Additionally, ORA will keep a running total of the actual sales figures from the year-to-date, the total sales per year since 2014, and the total sales since January 2014. The monthly marijuana sales reports are posted on the same day as the marijuana tax data reports.

Although sales of medical marijuana began prior to 2014, CDOR could not systematically track sales until January 2014.

In 2014 the total marijuana sales in Colorado were $683,523,739; in 2015, $995,591,255, in 2016, $1,307,203,473; and through October of 2017, $1,259,861,988.

It is the department’s practice to release aggregated data only when there are at least three taxpayers in a given category and none of them represents more than 80 percent of the total. Sales values are gross sales minus wholesale.

Given that guideline, sales reports were only applicable for Costilla and Conejos Counties and only recently for Saguache County in the San Luis Valley. These are the reports by month for 2017:

January —Costilla County, $214,330 and Conejos County, $294,331

February —Costilla County, $214,658 and Conejos County, $331,768

March — Costilla County, $295,783 and Conejos County, $401,292

April — Costilla County, $256,910 and Conejos County, $404,901

May — Costilla County, $332,894 and Conejos County, $444,090

June — Costilla County $403,056 and Conejos County, $510,132

July — Costilla County $453,934 and Conejos County, $586,118

August — Costilla County $400,679 and Conejos County, $571,105

September — Costilla County $424,241, Conejos County, $555,120, Saguache $151,900

October — Costilla County $356,750, Conejos County, $469,150, Saguache $117,885

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