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Alaska marijuana tax revenue up again in August

Alaska saw another month of climbing cannabis tax revenue in August, and another month with the highest tax revenue to date.

In August, the state collected $1.54 million in marijuana taxes from 111 growers, according to data from Kelly Mazzei, excise group supervisor with the Alaska Department of Revenue's Tax Division.

The tax revenue was collected on 1,613 pounds of marijuana bud, taxed at $50 an ounce, and 1,041 pounds of trim, taxed at $15 an ounce, Mazzei said.

August continues a steady climb in revenue that began in April. In July, the state collected $1.37 million in marijuana taxes.

The state has collected $15.8 million in cannabis tax revenue since stores opened in October 2016, Mazzei said. Growers in the Fairbanks area – a city that early on emerged as a forerunner in the industry —  have paid out the most in taxes  at $5.1 million, followed by Anchorage at $4.9 million.

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Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.