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6 lessons from legal pot in Washington and Colorado

6 lessons from legal pot in Washington and Colorado

Since they became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Washington and Colorado have been scrutinized as test cases around the country — particularly in California, where voters will decide on election day whether to follow suit.

Here are six questions that are being asked about legal weed, and the answers that are emerging:

How much cash are states hauling in?

Washington brought in $186 million in marijuana tax revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30 — an amount that is on pace to jump by roughly 50 percent in fiscal 2017. The government collects a 37 percent excise tax on pot products in addition to regular sales taxes.

6 lessons from legal pot in Washington and Colorado






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