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Oregon Just Made $3.48 Million From Marijuana

Josh Edelson—AFP/Getty Images Samples on display at Farma, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon, on October 4, 2015.

Marijuana dispensaries remitted taxes on recreational pot for the first time

Oregon just collected its first revenues from the marijuana sales tax, and pulled in $3.48 million.

State authorities announced the revenue on Thursday. Dispensaries have to remit the 25% sales tax on marijuana to the Department of Revenue each month. The Department tallied the $3.48 million between Feb. 1 and March 4, KTVZ Oregon reports.

Revenue from the sale of marijuana partially motivated the state’s legalization of recreational pot use. After covering the state’s collection costs, 40% of the revenue goes toward education, 20% goes to mental health and drug services and the remainder goes toward enforcement and drug abuse prevention measures.

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