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The marijuana tax reports show tax revenue collected monthly as posted in the Colorado state accounting system.
For more information, please see the Marijuana Taxes page.
The table below shows medical and retail marijuana tax and fee collections totals by calendar year starting in 2014. Although sales of medical marijuana began prior to 2014, the Department of Revenue did not report tax collection data until February of 2014, after retail marijuana sales began.
Marijuana Taxes, Licenses, and Fee Revenue
Updated March 2020
Calendar year is defined as January 1 - December 31
Detailed monthly summary by tax type to date: Excel, PDF
The Marijuana Tax Data Reports on this page are not the same as the Marijuana Sales Reports. The Marijuana Sales Reports show unaudited monthly sales as self-reported by businesses on State sales returns and do not use Metrc® data (the Marijuana Enforcement Division's Marijuana Inventory Tracking System). The Marijuana Tax Data reports show tax revenue collected monthly as posted in the State's accounting system.
Appropriations and expenditures of marijuana tax collections can be found on the Disposition of Marijuana Tax Revenue webpage.
DID YOU KNOW? Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division released the 2017 Colorado Marijuana Market Size and Demand Study, which provides an updated view and assessment of Colorado’s marijuana market and improves upon the original 2014 market study methods. See the report and fact sheet here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/marijuana-related-reports-studies
View and download monthly reports below:
These reports show monthly total marijuana tax and fee revenue. Total marijuana revenue includes:
2.9% state sales tax on medical marijuana and retail marijuana
Retail marijuana is exempt from the state sales tax starting July 1, 2017
The first report reflecting this exemption is August 2017
State retail marijuana sales tax
10% rate from January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017; 15% rate starting July 1, 2017
The first report reflecting the 15% rate is August 2017
15% state retail marijuana excise tax
Marijuana application and license fees
These reports show monthly state sales tax (2.9%) revenue from medical marijuana and retail marijuana by county. Retail marijuana is exempt starting July 1, 2017. (Note: The first report reflecting this exemption is August 2017.)
These reports show the monthly state share of the state retail marijuana sales tax revenue by county. This money is not distributed to counties, this money is retained by the state.
Starting with the November 2019 report, DOR is no longer publishing the amounts distributed to local jurisdictions. DOR shares relevant local distribution information with designated local government officials but we are no longer publishing this information in our monthly reports. Please contact each local government independently if you wish to request the amount of tax distributed to the local jurisdictions going forward.
Starting July 1, 2017, the state retail marijuana sales tax rate is 15%, the state share is 90% of the total tax collected, and the local government share is 10% of the total tax collected. (Note: The first report reflecting the 15% rate is August 2017.)
From January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017, the state retail marijuana sales tax rate was 10%, the state share was 85% of the total tax collected, and the local government share was 15% of the total tax collected
Starting with the November 2019 report, DOR is no longer publishing the amounts distributed to local jurisdictions.
Please contact each local government independently if you wish to request the amount of tax distributed to the local jurisdictions going forward.
For inquiries regarding these reports, please contact the Office of Research and Analysis.