Legal Marijuana is a 1.000.000.000 Dollar Market now.

maryjaneDie Zahlen für das Ganja-Geschäftsjahr 2015 in Colorado sind da, Marijuana ist im Vorzeige-Legalisierungsprojekt der USA mittlerweile ein Millarden-Dollar-Markt und während die Steuereinnahmen letztes Jahr ein wenig enttäuschten („nur“ rund 70 Mio. statt der erwarteten doppelten Summe), haben sie die ursprünglichen Erwartungen dieses Jahr überboten und 135 Millionen eingenommen, 35 Mio davon gehen in den Ausbau von Schulen. Nice. Bitte nachmachen!

Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according to new data from the state Department of Revenue. “I think it’s ethical to round that up to a billion,” cannabis industry attorney Christian Sederberg said Tuesday upon first hearing the 2015 totals. […] Colorado also collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015 — more than $35 million of which is earmarked for school construction projects.

“These are amazing numbers,” said attorney Steve Fox, one of the principal drafters of Colorado’s pot-legalizing Amendment 64, “especially on the tax revenue side.”

Colorado released marijuana tax data for December 2015 on Tuesday, showing a major uptick in month-over-month sales. Recreational pot sales jumped more than 21 percent from November to December, landing at $62.2 million — a monthly record in the state’s legal era. Medical sales jumped more than 32 percent in the same period, totaling $39.1 million.