Oregonians broke another marijuana sales record, and it was amid the pandemic. April sales were just over $89 million. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) indicated that this represents a 45% increase in comparison to last April.
Oregon charges a 17% tax on recreational marijuana sales and cities/counties can tack on an additional 3% tax, KGW 8 News reported.
One of the factors that helped these sales numbers to be possible was that the state deemed marijuana retailers as “essential” businesses during the virus lockdown.
Representative Earl Blumenauer said, “There’s a reason why over 25 states have declared marijuana dispensaries to be essential services. These are things people rely on.”
Despite the pandemic, the marijuana industry remained strong.