Washington Cannabis Sales Hit $200-Million, Closing Gap With Spirits

Sales of marijuana products in Washington state have for the first time surpassed $200-million in a quarter.

Other news outlets report that residents and visitors bought more marijuana than ever before in the second quarter of 2016, based on an analysis of purchase and tax records from two state agencies.

In the first quarter of 2016 - January, February, and March - people spent $54.8-million more on spirits than marijuana, which includes the cost of the products and its associated taxes. By the second quarter - April, May, and June - that gap closed to nearly $37-million. Those amounts include taxes levied by the state on those products. Spirits sales do not include wine and beer. Marijuana sales include all cannabis products, but not paraphernalia.

Marijuana sales in the second quarter of 2016 amounted to nearly $212-million. Spirits sales in the same period amounted to almost $249-million.

Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.

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For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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