Washington sets new daily pot sales record

Washington recreational pot shops set a new daily sales record on Friday, April 17, 2015 heading into the 420 weekend.

Stores netted $1,764,230 ($1.8 million) in sales that day, breaking the prior record set on Friday, Feb. 27, which had $1,554,649.04 ($1.5 million) in sales.

(sales reported as of 4/21/15)

All the sales and other information is online through the state Liquor Control Board at http://www.liq.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists.

If you’re a stats junkie like I am, you might also want to browse through the privately-run “502 Data” website here: http://www.502data.com/.

I expect sales for the 18th, 19th and 20th will also increase as more stores report back to the LCB in the coming days. We’ll probably see that in next Tuesday’s LCB release.

Ramsey Hamide, owner of Main Street Marijuana, said his store set a new daily sales record of $80,000 on Saturday and was on course to break that record again as of Monday afternoon.

“It’s been tremendously busy all weekend,” Hamide said. “We’ve had record numbers of sales every day (through the weekend).”

So far, the state is reporting $159.5 million in marijuana sales since stores first opened in July 2014. That’s also $37.9 million in excise tax.

Month by month sales (rounded up) continue to increase as well. So far they are:

July 2014: $3.4 million
August 2014: $7.3 million
September 2014: $8.7 million
October 2014: $13 million
November 2014: $16 million
December 2014: $17 million
January 2015: $18.5 million
February 2015: $22.3 million
March 2015: $30 million
April 2015 (as of 4/21): $22.8 million


-SueVo (sue.vorenberg@columbian.com)

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