Arizona marijuana sales continued upward in 2021, and now the Arizona Department of Revenue has reported that the state had more than $1.2 billion in combined medical and recreational (adult-use) marijuana sales through the first 11 months of 2021.
In November 2021, recreational cannabis sales hit a new record when it crossed $60 million for the first time. Medical cannabis sales have remained strong, topping out at $73 million in March and April.
Marijuana sales also provided a hefty tax contribution in 2021, AZ Mirror reported. The state collects 16% excise tax on adult-use marijuana sales in addition to the standard sales tax, while medical marijuana patients pay only 6% excise tax. Local jurisdictions charge an additional tax on marijuana sales.
The state has collected a total of $196,447,570 in tax revenue during the first 11 months of 2021 from marijuana sales; $44,533,436 from adult-use sales, $58,916,172 from medical sales and $92,997,962 from excise tax.