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Colorado marijuana sales exceeded $1B through August

October 18, 2018 GMT
Attendees celebrate at Denver's Mile High 420 Festival on April 20. The annual celebration was projected to attract an estimated 50,000 people in Civic Center Park. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Attendees celebrate at Denver's Mile High 420 Festival on April 20. The annual celebration was projected to attract an estimated 50,000 people in Civic Center Park. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado reports shows marijuana sales in the state have exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales reaching $200 million.

The Denver Post reports the state Department of Revenue report indicates medical and recreational marijuana sales are on track to break last year’s record of more than $1.5 billion.

This year’s combined sales reached the billion-dollar mark at the earliest point in the four years recreational marijuana has been legal in the state.

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Total Sales through August 2017 reached more than $996 million.

According to the Marijuana Enforcement Division’s 2018 Mid-Year Update, the industry’s hot spots are in Denver, Boulder, El Paso and Pueblo counties, growing 80 percent of all plants in the state as of June.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com