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  • American Cannabis Report Editorial Staff

Alaska Tax Revenues Soar Due to Cannabis Success

The State of Alaska Department of Revenue recently announced that it had received a record amount of cannabis tax revenue from cannabis sales in January.

Important to remember that Alaska has a total state population of about 750,000, which is equivalent to Seattle, Washington.

Also reported in the article in Civilized, "Overall the state says it's brought in over $7 million since beginning recreational sales in October 2016."

Here's where those taxes are used, according to Leafbuyer:

"... of the marijuana tax revenues collected nearly half are earmarked for a prison program designed to reduce recidivism*. Beginning in 2017, the state anticipates using [the remaining] marijuana tax revenues in the following ways:

  • 24% to the Department of Corrections Sub

stance Abuse Treatment Program

  • 10% of marijuana tax revenues go to community residential centers

  • 33% for the Department of Health and Social Services Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Fund

  • 33% in the pocket of the Department of Public Health and Safety’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

* A 2016 article in the Anchorage Daily News cannabis revenues were projected at about $1 Million per month , of which "...$3 million [annually] will go toward the recidivism reduction fund in fiscal year 2017, and $6 million in subsequent years, and of the remaining amount:

  • The Department of Corrections' Substance Abuse Treatment Program will receive $700,000

  • Community residential centers, will receive $300,000

  • The Department of Health and Social Services' Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Grants, will receive $1 million

  • The Department of Public Safety's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will also receive $1 million

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