By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:15 BST, 13 June 2019 | Updated: 14:15 BST, 13 June 2019
Colorado's total tax and fee revenue from the sale of legal marijuana has exceeded $1billion since the state legalized the drug in 2014.
Total marijuana sales within Colorado have passed $6.56billion since legalization, with the state collecting more than $1.02billion in taxes, licenses and fees, the state's Department of Revenue said on Wednesday.
Currently, Colorado has 2,917 licensed weed businesses, and 41,076 individuals are licensed to work in the industry.
'This industry is helping grow our economy by creating jobs and generating valuable revenue that is going towards preventing youth consumption, protecting public health and safety and investing in public school construction,' said Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, in a statement.
Colorado says that it has collected more than $1billion in revenue from legal marijuana since 2014. Pictured: Billy Koerber works at The Green Solution's new Denver dispensary last month
'Today's report continues to show that Colorado's cannabis industry is thriving, but we can't rest on our laurels. We can and we must do better in the face of increased national competition,' Polis said.
'We want Colorado to be the best state for investment, innovation and development for this growing economic sector,' he continued.
In addition to Colorado, nine other states have passed laws or approved ballot measures legalizing the sale of pot for recreational use.
The bulk of Colorado's marijuana tax revenue goes into the state's Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, of which a little more than 50 per cent goes toward 'human services' and 'public health and environment', according to the Department of Revenue.
Other state funds receiving a portion of the revenue include the General Fund, the B.E.S.T. Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund, the Public School Permanent Fund, and the Public School Fund.