Alaska collects $11M in tax revenue from marijuana

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska collected more than $11 million in marijuana tax revenue during the state’s 2018 fiscal year, exceeding projections by nearly $2 million.

KTUU-TV reports the Alaska Department of Revenue released numbers Wednesday for the fiscal year that ended in June, indicating an upward trend in revenue collection. The state collected about $1.7 million during the previous fiscal year.

According to the department, the state collected the most revenue from marijuana taxes in June at more than $1.2 million. The department expects July to break that record.

Kelly Mazzei, the department’s excise tax supervisor, says tax revenue has been increasing steadily each month.

Half of the revenue from marijuana taxes is directed into the Recidivism Reduction Fund, which pays for programs aimed at reducing relapses into criminal behavior.

Information from: KTUU-TV,

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