DENVER - Colorado sold less recreational pot in May than in April, the first month-to-month sales decline for the newly legal drug.
Tax collections reported by the Colorado Department of Revenue this week showed that Colorado sold about $21 million of recreational pot in May. That was down slightly from April, when the 4/20 marijuana holiday was credited in part for a boost in recreational sales to $22 million.
Despite the lower sales numbers, Colorado's pot tax haul increased in May because of an excise tax that is being phased in. Collections of that tax rose from $734,000 in April to $1.1 million in May.
Including licensing fees and medical marijuana taxes, Colorado collected about $5.7 million from marijuana in May.