1st Colorado county reports pot taxes

DENVER - Pueblo County with two recreational marijuana stores is the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry.

The county says Tuesday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes.

Pueblo County is the only community between Denver and the New Mexico state line that allows recreational pot stores.

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz projects the marijuana industry will generate roughly $670,000 in new tax revenue for his county this year.

Colorado has more than 160 licensed recreational pot stores, all of whom had to report sales taxes Feb. 20. Pueblo County is the first to make the sales tax totals public.

State totals are expected early next month. That's when Denver expects to receive its January tax returns.


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