Study – Marijuana Taxes Could Net State $45-$52 Million Per YearPosted by On

The State of Montana’s tax coffers could benefit significantly if the marijuana legalization initiatives before the voters are passed in November.

Director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Dr. Patrick Barkey just wrapped up a study of the possible yearly tax revenues.

“We found that the total size of the market which is as you can imagine, not directly measurable since cannabis other than medical is not legal in Montana,” said Dr. Barkey. “So the total size of the market in the next four years or so is projected to grow slightly, but it’s around 30 metric tons, which is a pretty good sized marketplace.”

Barkey got down to the sheer numbers of possible tax revenues that the state might net through legalized recreational marijuana.

“We’d looked at the experience of other states and the bottom line is that we think the revenue potential from a 20% sales tax on legalized recreational cannabis, but the…

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