Montana: A baker’s dozen counties, both urban and rural, approved local-option taxes on recreational cannabis sales in Tuesday’s primary election.


Twelve counties had the local-option tax on the ballot, and all approved the measures by wide margins. The lowest tally in favor of the tax was 73% in Ravalli County. Since the Legislature last year gave local jurisdictions the option to add the local 3% tax on recreational cannabis sales, every county to vote on the measure has approved the tax.

The Montana Department of Revenue last week reported the latest monthly cannabis sales figures. The recreational market saw its highest-grossing month yet at $16.6 million in sales. The medical market saw $8.2 million in sales, the lowest in monthly sales reported since the new recreational market opened Jan. 1.

Through the 20% tax on recreational cannabis sales and separate 4% tax on medical marijuana sales, the state of Montana has collected more than $17 million in new tax revenues through the first five months of the year.

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