Colorado Racks Up Almost Half a Billion Dollars in Weed Sales in Five Months

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Sales of legal marijuana in Colorado are more potent than ever.

According to the Colorado Department of Revenue as of May 2016 revenue from recreational and medicinal marijuana sales totaled $486 million.

In April, sales hit an all-time high of $117 million but lost a little buzz, settling back down to $98.6 million May.

There were $588 million in recreational sales last year. Five months into 2016, $308 million has been spent on non-medicinal marijuana.

In 2015, a record 71.3 million tourists visited the state, although only 8% reported visiting a dispensary, according to Colorado tourism surveys from Strategic Marketing and Research Insight.

For tourists, recreational purchases at dispensaries are rather stress-free. Non-medicinal sales in the state only require a current United States ID and that the buyer be at least 21 years old.

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