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Legalizing Marijuana Could Yield Over $3 Billion In Tax Revenue Per Year


The marijuana industry, legal and black market, is enormous. I have read reports that the marijuana industry in California is over 1 billion dollars a year. That’s billion, with a b. And to be honest, I personally think that’s a low ball estimate. The marijuana industry nationwide is multiple billions of dollars. How many billions? No one knows for sure. I think it’s easily tens of billions, but could be even hundreds of billions. We won’t know for sure until marijuana is legalized nationwide, which according to United States Representative Earl Blumenauer, could happen in the next five years.

A recent study was released by Nerd Wallet, which estimated the tax revenue from such a move to be around 3 billion dollars annually. There’s a lot of factors that go into such a calculation. For starters, what would marijuana be taxed at? It’s logical to conclude that different states would have different tax rates. For instance, Oregon is going to have considerably lower taxes if/when Measure 91 passes this November compared to Washington and Colorado. Other states could be lower than Oregon, while other states could potentially be higher than Washington. Only time will tell. NORML had the following to say about Nerd Wallet’s study:

Based on existing market projections, California would gain the largest amount of annual tax revenue ($519,287,052) were commercial cannabis production and sales to be legalized for adults. Other top tax revenue generating states include: New York ($248,103,676), Florida ($183,408,640), Texas ($166,303,963), and Illinois ($126,107,360).

Washington, which began allowing retail cannabis sales this summer, is estimated to reap some $119,000,000 in annual tax revenue, according to the study’s projections. Colorado, which has allowed retail cannabis sales since January 1, 2014, is estimated to gain some $78,000,000 in annual revenue.

Colorado and Washington are the only two states that are currently generating tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales. Those revenues keep climbing, with no end in sight. Below is an infographic from Nerd Wallet that gives a state-by-state breakdown:

legalizing marijuana tax revenue by state


Check out Nerd Wallet at http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/economics/how-much-money-states-make-marijuana-legalization/


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  1. Thanks buddy it’s sad that our Government would allow this crap to be sold to kids, you can buy it in stores. There is no age limit on it. How fucked is that. But then the aces want to keep marijuana illegal.

  2. It’s showing up here in Florida also. BAD NEWS.

    Where is DEAss Leonhart on this. Oh that’s right she has a recruitment drive for Criminal Investigators going on, filling for exams by 10/2/14. So it’s left up to the states to enforce,

    Agent Posts In Drug Enforcement Administration Open

    The U,S. Drug Enforcement Administration has openings around the country for
    Criminal Investigators (Special Agents). The application deadline is Oct. 2.
    There is no application fee.
    Something is very wrong with this picture ????

  3. This is a little off topic but it is important their is a synthetic drug called cloud 9 being sold in Michigan. It has the effects of cocain, meth, and exstacy. Kids are getting sick from over dose. This is a completely legal drug in Michigan. Our government allows this crap to be sold to kids. Yet a completely harmless natural drug is illegal. It’s amazing that a completely man made synthetic drug made from harmful chemical is ok to sell. But Gods gift is illegal in this country. Has anyone heard of this cloud 9? I do know it’s made from the chemicals found in air fresher and bath salts. What is wrong with our laws. Marijauna has had human testing for thousands of years and is illegal because of corporate greed. Yet we allow synthetic drugs to be sold to our kids that buy them from stores.

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