Recreational marijuana sales boom in March

May 9, 2014

PHOTO: Pot Chocolate Bars(Photo: CPR/Ben Markus)Colorado's recreational pot sales jumped nearly a third in March, according to sales tax reports issued by the state on Thursday.

The state Department of Revenue says that Colorado sold nearly $19 million worth of recreational pot in March, up from about $14 million worth of recreational pot in February.

Through three months of retail recreational pot, Colorado has earned $7.3 million in taxes from the drug. That figure does not include medical marijuana sales taxes or licensing fees, which bring Colorado's haul to about $12.6 million.

Just this week, state lawmakers approved a plan to spend marijuana taxes, mostly on child drug use prevention and outreach. The $33 million plan includes money for more school nurses and public education on using marijuana responsibly.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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