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November marijuana sales push Colorado’s industry to $2 billion annually for the first time

Colorado marijuana sales in November pushed the industry’s annual revenue to $2 billion for the first time. In November, dispensaries sold $175.1 million worth of products, according to figures released by the Department of Revenue on Tuesday. Recreational sales accounted for about $140.5 million, while medical sales accounted for nearly $34.7 million, the agency reported. While the total is down about 12% compared to the month prior, it was enough to help Colorado hit yet another financial milestone in an already banner year for cannabis. From January through November 2020, consumers purchased slightly more than $2 billion, the Department of Revenue reported. The previous year, dispensaries reached $1.75 billion in annual sales, a record at the time. Read the rest of this story on DenverP...

Marijuana delivery, social equity reform and other Colorado cannabis trends to watch in 2021

Colorado’s marijuana industry experienced a banner year in 2020 — not in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of it. Dispensaries across the state were declared essential businesses and allowed to operate while bars, restaurants and gyms were forced to close. That designation helped sales exceed analysts’ expectations. According to Roy Bingham, co-founder and executive chairman of Boulder data firm BSDA, the national market grew more than 45% to $18 billion in 2020, outpacing forecasts by about $2 billion, an increase attributable to “the COVID effect.” Cannabis consumers shopped less frequently but purchased more, including many newcomers with increased at-home time on their hands, he said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

2020 is already the highest-selling year for weed in Colorado

Colorado dispensaries sold more marijuana in the first 10 months of 2020 than they did during a record-setting sales year in 2019. October sales totaled more than $199.7 million in October, pushing the state’s annual revenue to more than $1.8 billion, according to the Department of Revenue. By comparison, sales totaled about $1.75 billion in 2019, making this the highest selling year since recreational weed hit the market in 2014. Sales were poised to crush the record following several lucrative summer months, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Colorado hit an all-time monthly high in July with $226 million in sales. That was also the first time monthly totals surpassed $200 million. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Man ordered to pay $2.5 million restitution to four victims in marijuana fraud

Published: Nov 16, 2020, 3:16 pm • Updated: Nov 16, 2020, 3:19 pm By Kieran Nicholson A former Aspen businessman sentenced to 12 years in prison has been ordered to pay nearly $2.5 million in restitution to four victims swindled in a black-market marijuana scheme. Scott Pack was sentenced to prison in July by Arapahoe County District Judge Michael Spear under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act on a first-class drug felony conviction, as well as two counts of securities fraud. Arapahoe County District AttorneyScott Pack Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado weed sales set to crush annual record, with another $200 million month in September

Weed enthusiasts purchased more than $206.4 million worth of Colorado-made marijuana products in September, as sales from a record-breaking year moderately cooled off. Recreational dispensaries sold $166,547,119 during the month, while medical dispensaries sold $39,941,149 for a combined $206,488,268 in revenue, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. Sales decreased 5.5% compared to August, but are up 33% compared to September 2019 as marijuana experiences a banner year for sales despite the coronavirus pandemic. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado marijuana sales eclipse $200 million (again) in August

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Colorado marijuana sales blow past $200 million in July

Colorado cannabis sales set a record yet again in July, eclipsing $200 million in a single month for the first time. Dispensaries sold $183,106,003 in recreational marijuana and $43,268,565 in medical marijuana in July, for a combined $226,374,568 in revenue, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. That’s up 13.8% from June, another record-setting month when the industry raked in nearly $199 million. So far in 2020, consumers have purchased more than $1.2 billion worth of cannabis products and the state has collected $203 million in taxes. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

June was Colorado’s biggest marijuana sales month ever. July was likely bigger.

June marks the first month in Colorado history that recreational marijuana shops sold more than $150 million worth of products as cannabis consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to set industry records. Recreational marijuana consumers spent $158,102,628 at Colorado shops in June, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. It’s a 6% increase of the previous single-month recreational sales record of $149,186,615 that was set in May, state data shows. Last June, rec shops sold roughly $122.4 million in products. Before this year, monthly recreational sales had only eclipsed $140 million one time, in August 2019, state data shows. That month, dispensaries combined to sell $173,219,859 worth of products. Read the rest of this story on DenverP...

Colorado cannabis sales hit new all-time high in May at more than $192 million

Published: Jul 13, 2020, 2:24 pm • Updated: Jul 13, 2020, 2:25 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Cannabis sales in Colorado set a new monthly record in May, hitting their highest level since recreational sales began in 2014. Dispensaries sold $192,175,937 worth of products in May, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. That’s up about 29% from April and an increase of 32% from May 2019. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Denver risking tax dollars by “ineffectively” auditing marijuana businesses, city auditor alleges

Denver’s process for auditing marijuana businesses is inadequate and has potentially cost the city countless tax dollars allocated for public service programs, the city auditor alleged Thursday. In a scathing new report, Denver auditor and certified public accountant Timothy M. O’Brien evaluated the city’s methods, strategies and standards for auditing marijuana dispensaries, cultivations and manufacturing facilities, deeming them “ineffective” and “inefficient.” Officials also have failed to address several unlicensed marijuana delivery services active in the city, the report said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Colorado marijuana sales hit a record $1.75 billion in 2019

Published: Feb 18, 2020, 1:10 pm • Updated: Feb 18, 2020, 1:11 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Last year was the most lucrative 12 months for cannabis sales in Colorado since the state’s voters legalized recreational marijuana. Medical and recreational cannabis sales hit a record $1.75 billion in 2019, up 13% from 2018, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Marijuana tax collections also hit an all-time high, at more than $302 million in 2019. RELATED: “Where’s all that marijuana money?” Colorado’s pot dollars help schools, but maybe not as much as you think Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

The Lodge dispensary in Denver recalls marijuana products with high yeast and mold levels

A Denver dispensary issued a voluntary recall on several marijuana products Monday due to elevated levels of yeast and mold. The Lodge, which operates two locations in the Barnum and River North neighborhoods, recalled all retail plant material, including flower, shake, trim and pre-rolled joints, following an investigation by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment that found a potentially unsafe level of yeast and mold, according to a news release. Products purchased from either location that bear the OPC codes 403R-01007 and 403R-00207 are subject to the recall. Customers and businesses that purchased these products before Feb. 7 should dispose of them or return them to the store. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.