Marijuana

In first 2 months of legal pot sales, public spent nearly $24m

Customers crowd in after waiting on line in the cold on the opening day of recreational marijuana sales at Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, Mass., Friday, January 11, 2019. Theory is the first dispensary in the Berkshires to open its doors for recreational marijuana sales and the opening makes Theory the 6th dispensary of its kind in the state. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Stephanie Zollshan/Berkshire Eagle via Associated Press
Customers crowded into Theory Wellness in Great Barrington on Jan. 11, the first day of its recreational marijuana sales.

Customers spent nearly $24 million on recreational marijuana products in the first two months of sales, according to data from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.

From Nov. 20 — when the first two recreational stores opened, in Leicester and Northampton — to Jan. 20, customers spent $23,819,602. There are now eight recreational stores open in the state, and a ninth store, in Hudson, has its “commence operations” notice from regulators but has not announced an opening date.

Revenue was about $3.4 million last week, a record weekly total, according to data from the commission. This past weekend also hit a record for the largest single-day revenue figures (though the weekend also saw one of the lowest revenue days so far).

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The nearly $24 million gross sales total does not include taxes — 17 percent for the state (a 6.25 percent sales tax and a 10.75 percent marijuana excise tax) and 3 percent for the municipality.

So far, the state has received about $4 million in tax revenue.