Colorado, Rocky Mountain highs bring in billions through recreation pot sales |

Colorado, Rocky Mountain highs bring in billions through recreation pot sales

Deb Erdley

Denver long ago laid title to being the Mile High City, but with more than $6 billion in retail sales of cannabis and cannabis-infused products in four years of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state’s capital city might now want to claim being at least a mile and half high.

A new report from the Colorado Department of Health showed statewide retail sales of cannabis topped $1.5 billion in 2018, with the majority of the sales coming from recreational marijuana, according to NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Pennsylvania auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who is advocating legalization of recreational marijuana in the Keystone State, might smile at that number. DePasquale estimated recreational marijuana would generate annual sales of about $1.6 billion a year in Pennsylvania, with $581 million in new tax revenue.

With Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, D-Braddock, touring the state on listening tours to gauge public sentiment on recreational marijuana, could legislation be part of the package to plug the hole in the budget this summer?

Can you say “sin tax?”

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: News | World
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.