Marijuana

State pot sales reach new high after medical shops’ closures

Washington state took in $23.5 million in excise taxes in July, a new record. That was up from $20 million in June, according to 502data.com.
Washington state took in $23.5 million in excise taxes in July, a new record. That was up from $20 million in June, according to 502data.com. Associated Press file, 2016

Washington marijuana sales took a sharp jump in July — the first month after the state closed medical dispensaries.

The state took in $23.5 million in excise taxes in July, a record. That was up from $20 million in June, according to marijuana data website 502data.com.

2016 sales so far total $347 million. 2015 had only $322 million for the entire year.

Combined with sales from processors and producers, total marijuana sales in Washington since legal sales began in 2014 now exceed $1 billion. That has resulted in $273 million in excise taxes.

Starting in July 2015, only retailers pay the 37 percent excise tax.

Pierce County was second in the state for July retail sales with $2.6 million in taxes paid and Thurston County was sixth at $1 million.

Pierce was third in producing counties and fifth in processing counties.

Clear Choice Cannabis did the most business in July in Pierce County and was No. 3 in sales in the state. It accounted for $396,443 in excise taxes.

Northwest Cannabis Solutions in Thurston County was the state’s top processor in July with sales of $2 million.

Pierce County’s Mahoney Greens was the state’s second-ranked producer with $144,377 in sales for July.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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